Clayton E. Borchardt 96, of Brookings, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the United Living Community, Brookings.
Clayton was born Dec. 24, 1922, at Ramona, South Dakota to Albert and Olga (Hanneman) Borchardt. Clayton graduated from Ramona High School in 1939.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal corps in 1942 and entered active service in the U.S. Infantry in 1943. He served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII, during which time he received the Purple Heart Award for a wound received during combat in Germany. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in September 1945.
On Sept. 22, 1945, Clayton was united in marriage to Elsie Hughes in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He attended Aberdeen Commercial College in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
He and Elsie then moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where he joined Robertson Auto Electric as a territory salesman for automotive parts and equipment in Eastern South Dakota for 23 years.
In 1970, Clayton acquired his S.D. Real Estate Broker License and joined Poppen Real Estate. He became owner of the firm in 1977 and formed Borchardt Realty.
In 1980 Clayt and his son, Ron, who was also a real estate broker, became partners and formed Borchardt and Associates Realty. In 1987, they were joined by Dean Krogman and the firm became known as Borchardt, Krogman and Associates Realty Inc. Clayt retired in 1998. During his years as a Realtor, Clayt was also a sales agent for DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance Company for 10 years.
Clayton was a long-time member of Morningside Community Church where he served as Treasurer for many years.
He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans and a Life Member of the South Dakota Association of Realtors.
Clayton will always be remembered as a deeply devoted husband, an outstanding example and mentor as a father, and a committed Christian and Friend to all those who knew him.
Clayton is survived by his son, Ron (Pouran) Borchardt, of Brookings, his grandson, Reza Borchardt (Christa Kemnitz) of Brookings and relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his deeply loved wife, Elsie, his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
Graveside Services will be held for Clayton and his wife Elsie, in the Spring.
Memorials may be directed to Teen Challenge of the Dakotas (600 W. 16th Avenue South, Brookings, SD 57006), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (100 22nd Avenue South, Brookings, SD, 57006) or College of the Ozarks, Office of the President (PO Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726).
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.