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Giles K. Jay

September 16, 1934 August 26, 2018
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Giles Jay, age 83 of Grinnell, died in the arms of his loving wife and surrounded by family on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Grinnell with Fr. Ron Hodges presiding. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell with military honors. A luncheon will follow at St. Mary Catholic Church in Grinnell.

A Vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at St Mary Catholic Church followed by a Visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be designated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Capital Campaign fund or to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family online at www.smithfh.com.

Giles Keith Jay was born on September 16, 1934 in Lynnville, Iowa, the son of Bernard Homer Jay and Ruth Deborah (White) Jay. He was raised and educated in Lynnville.

Giles honorably served his county in the United States Navy from 1952 until 1956 during the Korean War. On February 1, 1958, Giles was united in marriage to Tomma Lou Smith in Melcher, Iowa. To this union the couple was blessed with six children. They raised their family in Grinnell. Giles was a barber and later owned Sanitary Barber Shop that is now Headquarters. He worked for Blom and Criswell Painting as well as working many side jobs on his own. Giles was a longtime member of the Grinnell Fire Department and later was a full-time driver for the department. He was also a dispatcher at the Grinnell Police Department. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Grinnell Eagles, Grinnell American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Iowa Fireman’s Association.

Giles dearly loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He had busy hands and spent countless hours tinkering, fixing things, and woodworking. He was also an outdoorsman who loved traveling, camping and backyard campfires. His enjoyments included visiting with and picking on friends and family and attending fire conventions.

Giles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Tomma Lou Jay of Grinnell; his children, Shelby (Mark) Dolash of Ferguson, Iowa, Michael (Tina) Jay of Brainerd, Minnesota, Deb (Doug) Dop of Cleveland, Tennessee, Keith (Raejeana) Jay of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kent (Kymi) Jay of Clive, Iowa and Deeanna (Tim) Sparks of Lynnville, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brother, Max (Verla) Jay of Newton, Iowa; sister, Patricia Pettingill of Waukon, Iowa; and brother-in-law, HL (Kathy) Smith of Livingston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ray and Richard Jay.


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vigil

Thursday

30

Aug

4:00 PM 8/30/2018 4:00:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1018 Broad Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1018 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

Visitation

Thursday

30

Aug

5:00 PM 8/30/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/30/2018 8:00:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1018 Broad Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1018 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

mass of the resurrection

Friday

31

Aug

10:30 AM 8/31/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1018 Broad Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1018 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

interment

Friday

31

Aug

11:45 AM 8/31/2018 11:45:00 AM
Hazelwood Cemetery

First Avenue West
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Hazelwood Cemetery
First Avenue West Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

reception

Friday

31

Aug

12:30 PM 8/31/2018 12:30:00 PM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1018 Broad Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1018 Broad Street Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States
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