Claude died on December 11, 2015. He was 95. He grew up in Linden, Michigan, and earned his bachelor’s degree at K in history and later earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He married Verna L. Wheeler on June 11, 1941; she preceded him in death on April 1, 2014. Claude retired from Linden Schools in 1979 with 38 years of service. He was one of four people who were the initial inductees into the Linden High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Genesee County Coaches and Officials Association. He was very active in local and state athletics.