John A. Clay, 85, of Hershey passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at home.
Born April 22, 1934 in Myerstown, he was the son of the late John W. and Sadie (Firestine) Clay and also preceded in death by his sister Esther Grander.
He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. John, retired from Georgia-Pacific as a top salesman, was a former member of the Hershey Evangelical Free Church, where he sang bass in the choir. John was a member of Brownstone Masonic Temple, Lodge #666 F. & A.M. In addition to spending time with his family, John enjoyed golfing, hunting with his wife Leota, and playing softball and racquetball.
Throughout his lifetime, John touched the lives of many through his kind words and gentle soul, and he will be forever remembered for his smile and whistle.
Surviving are his wife of almost 56 years Leota C. (Cisney) Clay; children Craig Clay, husband of Gayla, Mitchell Clay, husband of Ranae, Suzanne (Clay), wife of Fernando Pettine, and Jolene (Jodie Clay) Rogers; grandchildren Jessica, Jordan (Chrissy), Julie Ann, Sasha (Seth), Caleb (Candy), Rory (Amanda), Matthew (Jamie), Faith (Daniel), Zachary (Casey), and Abigail; and great grandson Brecken.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Hershey Free Church, 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown with a visitation from 10:00 AM. Following the memorial service, interment with military honors will be at 1:00 PM in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, North State Route 934, Annville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Homeland at Home, Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110. (HomelandAtHome.org)
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