Goessel – Larry Wayne Jay, 67, died December 1, 2019 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. He was born October 18, 1952 in Wichita to Virgil Wayne and Barbara Jean (Burgman) Jay. He married Peggy Hall May 26, 1973 in Augusta. Survivors include: wife Peggy Jay of Goessel; sons, Michael (Jennifer) Jay of Rural Hillsboro, Brian (Amy) Jay of Houston, Texas; daughter, Karry (Jon) Lawrence of Newton; grandchildren, Cody, Vivianne, Ellis, Emery, Briar; uncle, Ed Jay of Burden, KS. Celebration of Life Service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Golden Plains Free Methodist Church rural Newton. Committal service 11:00 a.m. Friday at Cresco cemetery rural Howard, KS. Memorials to Goessel Community Foundation Impact Fund in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Larry Wayne Jay, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, nephew, friend, and member of the Goessel community, left this earth on December 1, 2019. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Peggy Jay of Goessel; sons Michael (Jennifer) Jay of rural Hillsboro and Brian (Amy) Jay of Houston, Texas; daughter, Karry (Jon) Lawrence of Newton; grandchildren Cody, Vivianne, Ellis, Emery, and Briar; uncle Ed Jay of Burden, Kansas; and sisters-in-law Martha Hall of Wichita and Maxine (Don) Bauer of Augusta.
Larry was born on October 18, 1952, in Wichita, Kansas, the only child of Virgil Wayne and Barbara Jean (Burgman) Jay. He grew up in Howard, Kansas, and was a member of the Howard Pirates High School Class of 1970, the school’s last graduating class. During high school, he worked at the filling station in Howard and enjoyed collecting gas station giveaways. He went on to graduate from Butler County Community Junior College in 1972.
Within a week of graduation from Butler County, he began what would be his 46-year career as a crew chief at the Hesston Corporation, which is currently known as the AGCO Corporation.
Larry and Peggy moved to Goessel in 1978, and Larry joined the Goessel Volunteer Fire Department shortly thereafter. He served with the fire department for a total of 43 years, 26 of those as Fire Chief.
The Cowboy lifestyle always fascinated Larry. His favorite movies were westerns, especially those starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. In fact, the last addition to his and Peggy’s home was affectionately known as “The Cowboy Room” and was filled with cowboy and John Wayne memorabilia he had collected over the years. In 2001, Larry began going to Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) Shoots in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Any free time during a shoot weekend was spent at local flea markets, searching for a good bargain. He also belonged to the Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association.
Larry was a certified hunter safety instructor for at least fifteen years and shared his knowledge of gun safety with his children and grandchildren. He loved deer hunting in the Howard and Fall River area.
In his later years, Larry’s grandchildren brought him immense joy. He had great fun attending KC Royals and Houston Astros baseball games with the grand kids and loved watching their baseball, T-ball, basketball, and volleyball games.
Larry Wayne Jay leaves a legacy of love of family and service to the community, teaching all of us to put others first. He will be missed more than words can adequately express