John Howard Claxton

John Howard Claxton was born on June 28th, 1955 to the union of William M. Claxton and Cleo “Bunny” Claxton (Sparks) in Kansas City, Kansas. He grew up in Lake of the Forest and had been a lifelong resident of Bonner Springs until his death on February 17th, 2022, at age 66. He is preceded in death by two of his brothers, Charles (Chuck) Claxton, William (Bill) Banks Claxton, his parents, and his spouse of 41 years, Margie R. Claxton (Trickett). He is survived by his sister Jennifer Claxton Olson (Eric), his brother Mark Claxton, as well as his daughter Kelly Claxton, his son Eric Claxton, his granddaughter Emma VanBrocklin Claxton, brother-in-law John Trickett, niece Emily Loeb of Tokyo, Japan; and David Loeb of Indianapolis, IN; niece Julia Claxton of Boulder, CO, cousin Mary Lee Wynne Johnson of Austin,Texas, nephew Scott Nesselhuf of Leavenworth,KS, niece Kristi Taylor of Kearney,MO, nephew Brian Trickett of Bonner Springs, KS, and his beloved dog, Snickers.

John attended Bonner Springs High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and got married to Margie on his 19th birthday in 1974, so he would never forget his anniversary! John was an excellent athlete and after nearly 50 years, still holds the BHS pole vaulting record! You can find his name still up on the records board in the BSHS gym for pole vaulting at 13 ft 6.5 inches.After high school, John dedicated his entire life to helping his community in every way he could. He was a lifetime member of St. Martin in the Field Episcopal Church, as he served on the vestry as well as the senior warden, sharing his time and talents in remodeling and expanding the church with a new addition, doubling the capacity. He helped many people throughout the Bonner Springs and Edwardsville area the years, repairing their heating and cooling systems, as he owned his own business for about 15 years. He began volunteering for Bonner Springs EMS in 1980. He became Chief of EMS in 1993. John led the city to transform the volunteer service into a 24/7 EMS Advanced Life Support, Level 1 to provide the most advanced level of pre-hospital care. He retired as the EMS director and Chief in 2017 after 37 years of saving lives. After retirement, John worked security for Sporting Kansas City, as well as serving on the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Education Foundation. In 2019, he was also elected into the USD 204 Board of Education.

When John wasn’t working, he still kept himself very busy. The 4th of July was his favorite holiday. He had no fear lighting hundreds of firecrackers, smoke bombs, or even blowing up a few microwaves here and there. John loved remodeling homes, traveling, riding motorcycles, flying his drones, going to concerts, Peanut M&M’s and of course, spoiling his granddaughter. Friends knew they could call him at any time of the day or night and he’d be right over to help. The last act on this earth was to help his friends and neighbors after a snowstorm, which sums up his life.

Although he is not with us anymore, he will always be in our hearts. Anywhere you look, you can find some way he touched people’s lives and helped better our community. Every time you help someone shovel their driveway, give someone advice, set off a firework, or simply try to make someone’s day better, John lives on in all of us.

Friends, family, and others whose lives have been touched by John Claxton are invited to his memorial. It will be held on Sunday February 27th at 5:00 PM at the Bonner Springs District PE Center (next door the high school) 100 McDanield St. Bonner Springs, KS to reminisce, share stories, and honor a strong, extraordinary man.

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  1. Christopher Dusil on February 24, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Sincerest condolences to all of John’s family. We are all going to miss John, he was a true friend in every sense of the word. I am honored to say that John and I were very good friends, as well as his dear Marge. Rest in peace my brother, we’ve got the watch from here.

  2. Ken Russell on February 24, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Family of John Clayton,
    I was John’s high school track coach. His competitive spirit was great. He was willing to try about anything while pole vaulting. I remember we just went from the foam rubber landing pads (which were not safe) to the “cloud nine”. With the “cloud nine” there was a blower that blew air into the pad. This was safe only if you landed in the middle of the landing pit. John was vaulting at practice one day and someone had unplugged the power to the “cloud nine”. When he landed on the the mat he hit the concrete since there was no air in the mat! It knocked the wind out of him. Quickly he got up plugged in the power to the “cloud nine”. I have not seen John since he graduated but his life reflects that he was quick to get up and get on to the business at hand. May God Bless him and his family. Coach Ken Russell

  3. George C. Cox, Jr. on February 24, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    I spoke with John at the Braves Hall of Fame Event ceremony. At the post ceremony, we were mentioning we were fortunate and blessed we hadn’t lost a lot of classmates!!! I was devastated when I heard about his passing. A classmate and friend I’ve known since fourth grade will be missed by the community, class, and family!!! R.I.P. John!!!

  4. Kristi Taylor on February 24, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Such a fun Uncle. Such a wonderful person. Such a gentleman. A selfless man who helped anyone and everyone at any time. What he has given to his community for so many years is very inspiring. I remember being SO proud when he made Chief. I’ll always be proud of who My Uncle was. He will be missed dearly.

  5. Melissa Lewis on February 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    John was such a kind man and neighbor. We lived on Bluegrass Drive for 19 years. On snowy days, John would be found clearing off our driveway with his snow plow, never asking for anything in return. Thank you John! May you Rest In Peace! You will be missed!

  6. Amy Trickett-Hurley on February 25, 2022 at 7:59 am

    I am thankful for having John for my uncle. He is in many of my fondest childhood memories, and I pray for his peaceful rest. Uncle John, I’m sorry I told mom and dad that we got arrested when I was little, when you got pulled over bringing Kelly and me home from the circus. I really thought at the time that getting pulled over and getting arrested were the same. I thought also that we were all arrested, and I was devastated when you and Margie brought me back home. I told mom and dad I got arrested. Lol. I remember it so clearly, and it was a moment of my parents and my aunt and uncle laughing together about it. I am privileged to be your niece. I love you.
    Anyway, thank you for being an awesome uncle and person. I miss you.
    Blessings to the Trickett and Claxton families.

  7. Jon Allen on February 27, 2022 at 10:21 am

    John Claxton thank you for all the years since 1994 when I married in to your extended family. Gentle and kind. Fun and funny. I have admired your accomplishments. EMS, school board, husband, father, grand parent. Loved visiting with you and Margie. Kelli you helped me in hospice with Judy which has always endeared me to you. Eric you have been a great nephew. And Emma your grandpa loved you to the moon and back, several times.
    John was a good and simple man. I will miss you. So rest well in God’s hands. ?

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