Jay was born on October 7, 1950 and passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Jay was a resident of North Dakota at the time of passing. He was a graduate from St. Catherine?s High School. He later attended Valley City State University and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota. He served in the army as a door gunner with D Troop 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He received an honorable discharge in 1971. A prayer service and memorial service will be held in August after his son returns from deployment. Memorial donations in Jay?s name may be made to the Barnes County Historical Museum.