Former Brookings resident Clair Charles "Red" Caylor passed away March, 28, 2013, at his home in Winston, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Red was born June 3, 1930, in Carrington, N.D., to Doyle and Violet Caylor.
He attended grammar school and one year of high school in Carrington, N.D., and then attended high school and North Idaho Junior College in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor's degree in accounting and taxation.
Red worked for Kaiser Aluminum while attending college in Spokane. He then worked for the Ohio Match Company, Diamond Match Company and all of its successor corporations in various areas of the United States. He retired from Diamond Lands Corporation in Red Bluff, Calif., as Western Area comptroller for its western wood products operations after 32 years of service.
After retiring Diamond, Red opened a business services office specializing in income tax assistance, accounting services, payroll and other miscellaneous accounting services. He and his wife Betty operated this business successfully until December of 2005.
After suffering the second of two mild strokes in April of 2005, his doctors told him it was time to quit working.
He is survived by his wife Betty of Winston; daughter Patti of Winston; sons Rick of Red Bluff, and Ken of Brookings; grandchildren Michael, Sean and Grady McCann, Josh, Jake and Jared Caylor, Jeff and Shelly Rishel, and Keith Caylor. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and daughter Yvonne.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, among the trees at Lookingglass Cemetery, 249 Coos Bay Wagon Road, in Roseburg.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Lookingglass Cemetery, to maintain its beauty, 291 Coos Bay Wagon Road, Roseburg, OR 97471.
Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor's Family Chapel.
Submitted by the family.