Obituaries & Tributes

"Clay" Clayton Duane Fillis

date of birth September 5 1960

date of death March 11 2020

Clayton Duane Fillis passed away at his home on March 11th, 2020. He was 59. Clay was born September 5th, 1960 in Silverton Oregon to Duane and Gloria Fillis. He spent his childhood in Molalla Oregon. He graduated from Molalla High School in 1978.

In May 1981 he married Sherrie Lynnette Gardner. They had two children, Kayla and Ryan.

Clay graduated Eastern Oregon University in 2003 with a bachelors in Business Administration summa cum laude.

Clay retired from the Army after 20 years of service in the United States Army and Army Reserves at the rank of Master Sergeant.

He worked for Fred Meyer for 35 years, starting as a bagger and worked his way to the main office where he became a database administrator.

He was preceded in death by his mother Gloria Nelsine Lenore Fillis and his brother Michael Lee Fillis. Clay is survived by his wife Sherrie, his father Earl Duane Fillis, his children Kayla Spicer and Ryan Fillis, their spouses Andy Spicer and Megan McGuire and his grandchildren, Walter and Amelia Spicer.

In lieu of recent world events, we have decided to postpone Clay Fillis’ celebration of life, we want to honor him with as many people as wish to attend. Details will be forthcoming.

22 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Judy Kraxberger Although we are reeling here on earth, we know you are with our Savior in heaven. We miss you with all our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who love you. Love, Tony, Judy and Josh

Candle lit by Jill Jessel-Walton Gone to soon, Forever young. May he RIP

Candle lit by Barbara Kyllo I still can't believe that you're gone. My thoughts are with Sherrie, Kayla, Ryan and your beautiful grandchildren. Rest in Peace

Candle lit by Hannah (DeWitt) Antosh Clay was my kidmo leader when I was in elementary school. He was such a wonderful influence and I still remember how to give a “good” handshake courtesy of Clay. He is deeply missed, the impact that he and Sherrie had on me is immeasurable.

Candle lit by Patti Long We will all miss Clay's kind smile, friendly eyes, and deep commitment to his family, Lord, and country. I'll smile when I remember him challenging the kids at church to push-up contests. He won every time! A strong, steady, and Godly example for us all to emulate. Sherrie, Kayla, Ryan, and family, my prayers and love are with you all. May God surround you with His love and comfort in your grief.

Candle lit by David and Gina Shaver It’ll be a great day in heaven when we reunite, and I can’t wait to hear you playing your tuba in Gods brass band!

Candle lit by Courtney Walton You did good, Clay. You touched many lives during your time here and you will be greatly missed. Your legacy of kind-heartedness and integrity live on in your children.

Candle lit by kim stefani rosteck Such a good human, husband, father and friend. Blessings to your family.

Candle lit by Kim whisman Clay you were to young to depart from this life but God had a reason to take you to His kingdom. You are loved and will be missed.

Candle lit by Anisha Hartwell Speechless... I always imagined that you would lice past 100 because you are such a good human being. One that God knew of his goodness.

Candle lit by Dixie Whisman May you find peace in God as you struggle with your adjustments w/o Clay.God bless

Candle lit by Tracy Gibboney Gone way to soon

Candle lit by Ray and Bev Clore We love you and miss you. We know you are in heaven and in peace. We pray for Sherrie and your children and grandchildren every day. We will miss you Clay.

Candle lit by Deb Everson Borofka Words are not adequate to express our shock and sorrow. We have been so blessed by this man's presence in our family circle. He was a steady presence, possessed an incredible work ethic, created beautiful homes and remodeling projects, but most of all, he was life partner to our much-loved sister Sherrie, and father to two amazing and talented children, Kayla and Ryan. For the last eight years or so, he also took on the role of Grandpa to Walter and Amelia, who brought him so much joy. While our hearts are broken, the memories of his kindesses and care for all in his circle will sustain us in the days ahead. We will love you for always Clay.

Candle lit by Rashika Nath Miguel and I will always remember the kindness you showed us at the gym and at work. I will miss our conversations about our Disney trips and our Christmas decorating plans. We are grateful to have met you and pray for peace for your family.

Candle lit by Vanessa Stacklie-Foumal You are one of the most caring, decent, nice, kind and honorable human beings,that I have had the pleasure of knowing in my life. I pray for your family, that they find the strength to carry on without you. I am glad you dropped your check on the floor back in the early 90's, or I might not have ever had the pleasure! God Bless, you will be missed!

Candle lit by Branden Jost Clay left us way too soon. I will miss his warm smile and his friendly greeting. He is missed by many. My prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

Candle lit by Karen Yeager I had the privilege of working with Clay at Fred Meyer/Kroger. He was always so helpful and kind and just a genuine pleasure to be around. I will miss him around the campus, but will always remember his smile and kind heart. My deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

Candle lit by Amanda LaPore Clay was a very special person, kind and generous with his time. We worked together while I was managing the gym at the Fred Meyer office. He was always there to help. No matter what I needed, Clay was willing to support my efforts. When we moved to a new gym management software, Clay helped me to export and organize my files. When I ordered new weight racks and gym equipment, Clay made the time to help me put it together. When I wanted to host a volleyball tournament, Clay was there to help me create guidelines, recruit and organize teams, etc. When I formed a Wellness Committee, Clay attended every meeting, he was engaged and ready to help. I knew I could count on Clay. He was consistent and always went the extra mile. The thing is, Clay never had to help me. It wasn’t his job. He did it because he wanted to. He volunteered his time to support me. He made an impact. His kindness will never be forgotten. The gym and the office will never be the same without him.

Candle lit by Molly Bassett I will always remember Clay as a most respected and kind co-worker. He exemplified dedication and high standards in our workplace and was always willing to lend a hand. He had a huge impact in our company and cannot be replaced. God Bless.

Candle lit by Evan and Janice Simmons Dear sweet Clay, who would do anything, for anyone, at any time. You are and will be greatly missed by all who knew you. So very glad you were part of our lives Our hearts go out to your family

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