Clayton Michael Mooney, “Mike,” went on his final ride on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at age 53 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Billings on May 1, 1959, to Harold and Blanche Mooney. He went to school in Elliston, Mont., and then in Billings.
Mike’s favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and camping with his father, brother, son, and cousins in Judith Gap, Mont., and many friends. Most of all, he enjoyed his Harleys, his boat, and many wonderful dogs.
He worked at Mooney Painting Inc., a family business for many years, and also at various other jobs.
Mike had a heart the size of all Montana, a place he often referred to as 406 where God lives, and tried to do right by his friends and family. He has left a void in our hearts which will never be filled. We will always love you and never stop missing you. May you ride with the wind till we meet again. May you be embraced by those you loved who have preceded you.
Mike is survived by his wife of eight years, Monica Chalman, who cared for him with love right to the end; her two children, and family; his mother, Blanche Mooney; his two boys, Michael A. Mooney (Breezy), Dylan L. Barker (Ramona); his brother, Rock Mooney (Brenda), and their two children; his sister, Jo Richardson (Rick), and their three children; and many great-nieces; a special nephew, (Monica’s) Caleb Dullabh of Auckland, New Zealand; and his last dog, Maddie Mooney.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lee Mooney, and his grandparents.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity close to Mike’s heart, the National Federation of the Blind Montana Chapter at any US Bank location, or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”