William Jay had unshakeable pride and love of hometown


Funeral services for William Jay, 89, of Mobridge, were held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the United Congregational Church in Mobridge.
Inurnment was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
William passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
William Maynard Jay was born to Maynard Stewart and Lucille (Coutts) Jay on Nov. 2, 1922 in Mobridge. He attended Mobridge schools, graduating in 1940. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., where he studied architectural engineering.
He was World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre for more than three years
On Sept. 14, 1947, he married Betty Ochsner in Mobridge where they made their home. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 10 years. In 1947, he became secretary and manager of the MooseLodge, retaining that position for seven years. He entered real estate in 1954. In 1957, he founded Jays Abstract, Land and Title Company, later known as Jays Realty Company. He was instrumental in developing the Jay Kraft addition to Mobridge and the building of numerous homes and 10 apartment houses. He remained active in real estate well beyond the normal retirement age and during his span of 50 years in real estate was successful in the sale of numerous residential and commercial sales in the Mobridge area.
His pride and love of Mobridge throughout his life was unshakeable. He was actively involved in state, community and church affairs throughout his life. He served on the State Board of Equalization, the State Board of Realtors and the Industrial Development committee.
He was governor of the Moose Lodge and a life member. He served as president and secretary of the Rotary International in Mobridge. He served as deacon at the United Congregational Church and later served as trustee for 24 years. He was co-founder of the church’s Couples Club. He played baseball for many years and in later years enjoyed playing golf.
Bill is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Mark and wife Janet of Rapid City; daughter, Brenda and husband Leon Crowley of Mobridge; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald and grandchild Fredrico Santiaguel.
Memorials may be sent to the Mobridge Library Fund or the Mobridge Swimming Pool Fund.

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