He was born on May 3, 1996 to Kenneth E. and Kelli L. (Blum) Real at York.
Clayton was a member of the McCool United Methodist Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He attended McCool Junction School starting in kindergarten and graduating in May 2014. In high school, he was active in FFA, FCA, FBLA, student council and football. Clayton was currently a student at UNL, majoring in Agricultural Economics.
At UNL, he was a member of the Farm House Fraternity and a member of the UNL Rodeo Team. He was also a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, Nebraska Rodeo Association Mid-States and a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
Clayton was known for his infectious smile and made an impact on everybody’s life. When Clayton was five years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He was a humble, hard-working cowboy. His life was consumed by family, rodeo, and raising livestock and farming. Even through life’s tribulations, he always made the most out of life and never had a bad day.
Clayton is survived by his parents, Ken and Kelli of Grafton; his sister, Shelby Real and friend Mitchell Softley of McCool Junction; grandparents, Robert and Carol Real of McCool Junction and Dean and Verla Blum of McCool Junction; and great-grandmother LaVerna Blum of York. He is also survived by aunt Pam and Rodney Friesen and their children, Trenten, Brandon, Megan and Trevor of Henderson, and aunt Dana and Chad Chrisman and their children Kelsey, Kaylee and Jarren of Waco; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by great-grandparents.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at the McCool Junction School Gymnasium with the Reverend Ralph Elwyn Gaines officiating. Burial will follow in McCool Cemetery, northwest of McCool Junction. Jeans are appropriate attire for services. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Monday and 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Tuesday, with family greeting friends from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday evening, all at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for later designation towards various scholarship funds and towards diabetes education.