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Don R. Lay

September 13, 1942 — May 20, 2021

Don R. Lay

Don R. Lay, 78, of rural Belle Center, Ohio passed away peacefully at home Thursday evening, May 20, 2021, after battling congestive heart failure.

Don was born in Hardin County September 13, 1942, to the late Earl and Elizabeth (Sproul) Lay.  He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Lloyd Lay, Dorothy Kelley and Edward Lay.

Don married Jane Reed August 3, 1963 at the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church and she survives in Belle Center.  He is also survived by their children: Teresa (Dennis) Walls of Leo, Indiana, Kathy (Todd) Dawson of Westerville, Ohio and Tony Lay of Belle Center; a grandson, Robert Walls and a sister, Evelyn Jones of Belle Center.

A 1960 graduate of Belle Center High School where he earned an FFA State Farmer degree, he then honorably served four years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps.  He retired after working thirty years at Rockwell International in Kenton.

Pastor Amber Rex will officiate a graveside service Friday, May 28, 2021, at 2 p.m. at McDonald-Fairview Cemetery on State Route 67 west of Kenton, Ohio.

Following the graveside service, friends and family are invited to share a cup of coffee, some of Don’s favorite desserts and fond memories at the Roundhead United Methodist Church.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center is honored to serve the Lay family.


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Past Services

Graveside Service

Friday, May 28, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm

McDonald Fairview Cemetery

5357 OH-67, Kenton, OH 43326

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm

Roundhead United Methodist Church

17958 OH-117, Roundhead, OH 43346

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