Elvin Clifford Jay, 103, passed away on June 16, 2018. Elvin was born on April 9, 1915 to Daniel Isaac Jay and Ada Dorothy (Morrow) Jay in Missouri. Elvin was united in marriage to Iva Ferne Johnson on May 19, 1946 and to this union, one son, Dan was born.
Elvin graduated from Moulton High School in 1933. As a young man he picked fruit on the west coast, worked as a farmhand for $1.00 a day and later worked for the railroad on the section gang for 23 years. While working on the railroad, Elvin entered the United States Army on May 25, 1942. He entered Europe on D-Day plus one at Omaha Beach. Elvin was engaged in five other campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Bronze Star and numerous other commendations. Elvin was in Czechoslovakia when the war ended. The Army and war experience was an important part of his life to the very end. Elvin was also a member of the Moulton American Legion Post 280 and wanted to get to meetings early enough to visit with "the boys." He was also an active member of the Moulton United Methodist Church and served on the Moulton City Council, Moulton-Udell School Board and the Appanoose County Fair Board.
Elvin loved his family and was always happiest when his grandchildren or great grandchildren were with him. His other love was farming; especially raising Angus cattle. He was in his Polaris checking on cows daily until the age of 100. His last calves sold the week of his death and he decided that they did "pretty good."
Elvin is survived by his wife, Ferne; son, Dan (Julie) Jay; three grandchildren: Ashley (Kevin) Garr of Pella, Caleb (Kaylie) Jay of Salem, Missouri and Marshall Jay (Amanda Aunspach) of Moulton. He is also survived by two great granddaughters: Jayme and Haley Garr of Pella whom entertained him until his last days. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Moulton United Methodist Church with interment immediately following at Hardin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Moulton American Legion or the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight and online condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com
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