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Clayton H. Rue

October 18, 1932 ~ May 4, 2019 (age 86)

Clayton H. Rue, age 86, of Hibbing, passed away with family by his side, Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Clayton was born in Hibbing, October 18, 1932 to Clifford and Tecla (Stryk) Rue. Clayton was a lifelong resident of Hibbing and a 1950 graduate of Hibbing High School. Shortly after graduation he joined the military serving for two years in the Army. Following his discharge Clayton  studied at Hibbing Community College for two years earning his Associates Degree. He was joined in marriage February 5, 1966 to Jean Gardiepy. Clayton worked for over 20 years with the Hanna Mining Company before joining his brother and father in the family business of Cliff Rue Motors and later they were joined by his son John. Clayton enjoyed hockey and involvement in Minnesota Youth Hockey, he and Jean never missed a State Hockey tournament or Hibbing High School hockey game in 40 years. Clayton was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church where he volunteered as an usher when needed and loved making pasties. Clayton got the most enjoyment out of watching his grandchildren grow and supporting them in their many endeavors. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Jean Rue of Hibbing, children, Elizabeth Scipioni, of Hibbing, John (Wendy) Rue of Hibbing, Stephanie (Dan) Tanner of Bloomington, grandchildren, Molly Scipioni, Jonathan, Lillian and Caroline Rue, Maria and Daniela Tanner, brother, Gordon (Bonnie) Rue of Hibbing, extended relatives and friends. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Telca and infant twin grandchildren, Sophia and Aidan. Memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from noon until the beginning of the service at church. The Reverend Andrew Petter will officiate. Interment will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at

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