John “Jack” Lay, Sr., 73, of Knightstown, took God’s hand when He heard Him call on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield after a lengthy illness. He was born May 5, 1939, in Indianapolis the son of Orville and Cornelia (Young) Lay.
Jack retired from Lucent Technologies “Western Electric” in Shreveport, LA after 42 years of service. A veteran of the Marine Reserves, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a faithful member of the Kennard Baptist Church and a former member of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport. He loved mowing, gardening and tinkering.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 32 years, Roberta “Bertie” Lay; children, Jerry Lay of Shirley, John & Debra Lay of Calif., Jamie & Trevor Hellmich of Greensburg, Brian & Wendi Ratliff of Knightstown, Brad & Angela Ratliff of Ft. Wayne, and Brett & Annie Ratliff of Knightstown; two brothers, Don & Phyllis Lay of Fla., Ted & Stephanie Lay of Greenwood; 13 grandchildren;one great- granddaughter; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother; and father-in-law: Charles & Lucille Howard.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Services will be at 11a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel with Pastor Randall Morris officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Knightstown American Legion. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennard Baptist Church, 6931 W 100 S Shirley, IN. 47384.
You may express condolences or share a memory of Jack at www.hinsey-brown.com.