US Marine Corps

Don R. Lay

September 13, 1942 ~ May 20, 2021 (age 78)



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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Graveside Service
May 28, 2021

2:00 PM
McDonald Fairview Cemetery
5357 OH-67
Kenton, OH 43326

May 28, 2021

3:00 PM
Roundhead United Methodist Church
17958 St. Rt. 117
Roundhead, OH 43346


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