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Melville Jay

Melville A. Jay, 82, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, July 12, at Reid Hospital after a brief illness.
    He was born January 6, 1930 on the family farm in Webster, Indiana to Hershel D. & Edna I. Albin Jay. Mel graduated from Webster High School in 1948 and was later drafted into the US Marine Corps.
   After his discharge, Melville returned home to work on the family farm. He worked in production control, accounting and purchasing, always maintaining a strong work ethic.
   After retirement, Mel enjoyed renovating houses, attending auctions, family time and opening his home to missionaries. He loved his garden and took great pride in nurturing and watching it flourish under his loving touch. Melville was a loving, giving husband, father and grandfather.
   Mel was a charter member and past commandant of the Marine Corps League Whitewater Valley Detachment. He actively supported the detachment’s charitable contributions to our community including but not limited to Toys for Tots, Crumbo Scholarship Fund and the Elijah Blackie Pennington Whitewater Valley Motorcycle Club..
   He will be missed by his wife of 27 years, Carolyn Jay, of Richmond; daughter, Tonya Cox, of Richmond; daughters & sons-in-law, Theresa & Jim Clark, of Abington and Anita & John Kirksey, of Powell, OH; step-daughter, Annette Master, of Greensburg; step-sons, Michael Isaacs, of New Castle; Neil Master, of Mt. Pleasant, MI and David Master, of Daytona Beach, FL; sisters, Margaret Corbett (Robert) and Marilyn Clarke, both of Richmond; brother, Stuart Jay, of Webster; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews and family friends, Warren Silvernail and Dick Wolfe.
   Mr. Jay was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Janet Wright.
   A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment with military rites will follow in Webster Cemetery.
   Family & friends may gather for visitation from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be sent to the Marine Corps League, 200 South 9th Street, Richmond, IN 47374; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, 1717 South L Street, Richmond, IN 47374; or Mission at the Cross, South 11th Street, Richmond, IN.

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I loved this man bunches. He always gave me the tightest hugs and meant them. You wonderful soul,  so glad we had great talks, shared funny humor, and cherished your wife carolyn. Don''t worry sweetheart, I''ll watch over her, she''s in good hands and very much loved. To the Jay family, capture the life he shared with you.  My prayers are with you as you move through your grief.

Anita Dunn-Dalbey

Anita Jul 24 2012 12:00 AM

i am very sorry for your loss

chuck devers Jul 22 2012 12:00 AM

Mel J will be missed. Our heart goes out to your family.

Tammie and James Skiles Jul 22 2012 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have always had fond memories and the deepest respect for Mr. Jay. He was a good, kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cathy Patton Baker Jul 21 2012 12:00 AM

To the whole Jay family I was so shocked and sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I just talked to him a couple weeks ago when Tonya told me of his diagnosis. I called him at the hospital, it only took a few words to realize who it was, (when I said your 4th daughter LOL) He said I knew that voice you just sound older haha. I remember all the good times at your house and the fun we shared. I am praying for God's comfort as you work through the greiving process. My sincere condolences to your family.

Joyce Scarbrough Hensley Jul 19 2012 12:00 AM

To Margaret, Marilyn, Stuart & families,
My heartfelt sympathy to each of you at this time of loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Madge Wright Fosdick Jul 18 2012 12:00 AM

Cherish the memories of your dad...Those can never be taken away from you..We are never ready to lose our parents. Prayers for you and your family....Linda FansheropsLic

Linda Fansher Jul 17 2012 12:00 AM

Theresa; please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. Tanya Martin daughter of P.E. & Betty Walter

Tanya Martin Jul 17 2012 12:00 AM

To the Jay Family:
Your dad and Husband was a very kind and loving person also he was alot of fun to be around.  When we came back to Richmond 29 years ago this summer stopped at the Marine Corp and saw yourloved one in there.  He let us stay in his home for a month or so til we got on our feet.  I was pregnant with my son  at the time.  We will never forget this loving,giving Man.
                                                                      Phil and Linda Lee

Phil and Linda Lee Jul 17 2012 12:00 AM

Theresa and Tonya so sorry for your loss of your father. We will remember all the Christmas Dinners that he put on at his house. If there is anything that we can do just let me know.

Tim & Peggy Ponder Sr. Jul 17 2012 12:00 AM

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