In memory of
Jay R. Thatcher Jr.
In memory of
Jay R. Thatcher Jr.
Jay R. Thatcher Jr. HANOVER TOWNSHIP Jay R. Thatcher, Jr., 78, of Hanover Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in St. Luke's Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Born July 12, 1942, in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Jay Reeder Thatcher and Margaret E. (Powers) Thatcher. He was the loving husband of Kathy (Janos) Thatcher with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage on Dec. 28, 2019. Jay graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1960, where he was an outstanding varsity basketball and baseball player. He graduated from Rider University with a B.S. in accounting. He was self-employed accountant for 43 years and retired several years ago from serving as a financial consultant to Carbon County. Jay's passion in life was centered around bringing friends and family together to enjoy sporting events. He attended 75 years straight of Easton vs. Phillipsburg Thanksgiving Day football games. He started the "Friends of Lafayette" booster club supporting the Lafayette College men's basketball team. Jay was famously known for planning Greyhound bus trips for several years to the Phillies playoff games. He was most proud of his grandchildren and will miss watching them grow up. Surviving in addition to his wife, Kathy, are four children, Kim M. Lacy and her husband. Darryl of Palmer Township, Jay R. Thatcher III and his wife. Patrice of Haddon Township, NJ, Todd W. Thatcher and his wife. Kathy of Harleysville, and Melissa A. Wilkin and her husband. Mark, of Quakertown. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Leah, Trey, Elijah, Solomon, Rachel, Isaiah, Zachary, Kaitlyn, Allison, Tyler, Samuel and Sadie; a brother, Jeffrey Thatcher and his wife, Susan of Germantown, MD; a sister-in-law, Jane Thatcher of Palmer Township; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Reeder "Doc" Thatcher Sr., and a sister, Helen Mae Young and her husband, James. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden St., Bethlehem. Calling hours are Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., in the church. Please be aware that Covid-19 precautions will be in place for everyone's protection. Masks are required to enter the church building and to be worn at all times. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at strunkfh.com . Donations in Jay's memory can be made to the Saints Prison Ministry, PO Box 681, Moorestown, NJ, 08057, saintsprisonministry.org , where his son, J.R. serves as a director. Strunk Funeral Home Inc. 2101 Northampton Street Wilson Borough, PA 18042 610-258-7211
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In memory of
Jay R. Thatcher Jr.
Jay R. Thatcher Jr. HANOVER TOWNSHIP Jay R. Thatcher, Jr., 78, of Hanover Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in St. Luke's Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Born July 12, 1942, in Wilson Borough, PA, he was a son of the late Jay Reeder Thatcher and Margaret E. (Powers) Thatcher. He was the loving husband of Kathy (Janos) Thatcher with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage on Dec. 28, 2019. Jay graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1960, where he was an outstanding varsity basketball and baseball player. He graduated from Rider University with a B.S. in accounting. He was self-employed accountant for 43 years and retired several years ago from serving as a financial consultant to Carbon County. Jay's passion in life was centered around bringing friends and family together to enjoy sporting events. He attended 75 years straight of Easton vs. Phillipsburg Thanksgiving Day football games. He started the "Friends of Lafayette" booster club supporting the Lafayette College men's basketball team. Jay was famously known for planning Greyhound bus trips for several years to the Phillies playoff games. He was most proud of his grandchildren and will miss watching them grow up. Surviving in addition to his wife, Kathy, are four children, Kim M. Lacy and her husband. Darryl of Palmer Township, Jay R. Thatcher III and his wife. Patrice of Haddon Township, NJ, Todd W. Thatcher and his wife. Kathy of Harleysville, and Melissa A. Wilkin and her husband. Mark, of Quakertown. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Leah, Trey, Elijah, Solomon, Rachel, Isaiah, Zachary, Kaitlyn, Allison, Tyler, Samuel and Sadie; a brother, Jeffrey Thatcher and his wife, Susan of Germantown, MD; a sister-in-law, Jane Thatcher of Palmer Township; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Reeder "Doc" Thatcher Sr., and a sister, Helen Mae Young and her husband, James. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church, 3235 Linden St., Bethlehem. Calling hours are Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., in the church. Please be aware that Covid-19 precautions will be in place for everyone's protection. Masks are required to enter the church building and to be worn at all times. Burial will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. The Strunk Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson Borough, is in charge of arrangements. Offer online condolences at strunkfh.com . Donations in Jay's memory can be made to the Saints Prison Ministry, PO Box 681, Moorestown, NJ, 08057, saintsprisonministry.org , where his son, J.R. serves as a director. Strunk Funeral Home Inc. 2101 Northampton Street Wilson Borough, PA 18042 610-258-7211
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