Roger R. Claypool

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Roger R. Claypool, age 78, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Linn Haven Rehabilitation and Healthcare in New Hampton. A Memorial Service for Roger will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in New Hampton with Reverend Candraeah Carey officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service at Hampton Cemetery located in Hampton, IA. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, IA. Online condolences for Roger's family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Roger R. Claypool was born November 15, 1938 in Hampton, Iowa. He was the second of two sons born to Delos and Agnes (Crandall) Claypool. Roger attended Stoney Point Country School for a year, then attended grade and middle school in Chapin, Iowa, graduating from Hampton High School in 1957. He graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s Degree in Music education. While attending Drake he sang tenor in an all-male choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Past graduate studies were done at Drake, UNI and the University of Iowa. Roger’s 35 years of teaching included Ben Franklin Senior High in Des Moines, Hubbard High School and Keota High School before moving to New Hampton in 1966, where he was the Junior High Band Director for 30 years. In 1967, with the help of Robert Utterback, he started the Parade of Bands Concert, which continues today. In 1962, Roger married Sandra Logan. Together, they raised three children. He greatly enjoyed fishing and traveling with anyone willing to go with him. Trips with the family on the house boat or motor home were highlights. Being with family was very important to him. There were also many fishing trips with various anglers willing to sit in a boat for hours at a time. Rarely did his vehicle pass an ice cream shop without stopping. Roger joined Lions Club early in his career. He served in most of the offices, but held the secretary’s position for years. He directed the Methodist Church Choir for many years, and he directed a Community Choir singing parts of “The Messiah” for two years. Roger is survived by Sandra, his wife of 55 years; son, Jeff (Kim) Claypool of Ottumwa, IA; daughter, Jeree (Bob) Svec of New Hampton, IA; son, Dan (Mindy) Claypool of Ballwin, MO; granddaughters, Abby, Samantha, Morgan and Alison Claypool and grandson, Trevor Svec; his sister-in-law, Mavis Claypool; nephews, Gary Claypool and Bryce Claypool all from Hampton, IA. Preceding him in death were his parents, and brother, Lee Claypool

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  1. My sympathy to the Claypool family. You have many happy memories to cherish.
    now Roger is at peace in his heavenly home.
    Mary Wegner

  2. So sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He and I worked together for several years on a variety of projects at school. The last time we talked he seemed to think I was his former teacher, but he definitely knew I belong to his school memories. Our sympathy to all of you!

  3. To the Claypool family – I’m so sorry to read of Roger’s passing. I fondly remember my elementary and junior high days in band. His patience with his students was always amazing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann Grober, Class of 1980.

  4. Dear Sandy and family, our hearts go out to you as you mourn the loss of the man you dearly loved. Roger definitely left his mark in this world as a very talented “music man”. May the memories you created together as a family bring you God’s comfort and peace. With our sincere sympathy, Francie & Steve Crawford

  5. I have very fond memories of band with Mr. Claypool years ago (early 1970s). He helped me develop my love for music and expand my music ability in different areas. Because of him, I never received anything less than a #1 blue ribbon rating at any of the contests. Mr. Claypool, you will be missed.

  6. My sympathy to Roger”s family. I remember as a bus driver taking Roger’s bands to many music contests. He was a well respected, talented music teacher. Prayers to all.

  7. Our sympathies to the Claypool family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Thoughts and prayers,

    Joe and Jean Rosonke


  9. Mr. Claypool was one of a kind. He truly loved his profession and genuinely cared for his students. I babysat for the Claypools many times and he always walked me home. We had the best conversations on our walk. He was “instrumental” in encouraging my love of music and my desire to continue with music in my adult life. My love and sympathy for Mrs. Claypool and the Claypool family.

  10. Sandy and family – my sincere sympathy at your loss of husband, father, grandfather. May he rest in peace.

  11. Extending our sympathy to all of the Claypool family; many memories of spending time with Roger and your family in Oshkosh. He was always such a pleasant man. So sorry for your loss.

  12. So sorry to hear that Roger has passed away. Lots of memories at the different craft shows we all went to. Our thoughts are with you Sandy and your family at this sad time.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to Sandy and the family We miss the great times at shows and potlucks.
    Dave & Rudi.

  14. Please accept my deepest condolences. I will never forget his tactic on how to teach the basics of keeping a beat on a drum kit, of which I know I told people “that’s how I learned”. If it wasn’t for that, I would never have conquered those fundamentals, along with how to do a drum roll. Thank you, Mr. Claypool. An immensely talented and kind man. God bless you all.

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