Julian “Dale” Lay, age 90, of LaBelle, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Salt River Community Care in Shelbina, Missouri. Mr. Lay was born March 19, 1925, at Monticello, Missouri, the son of Julian C. and Mattie Tompkins Lay.
Raised in rural Lewis County in a farming family during the Great Depression, Dale graduated from LaBelle High School 1944. In addition to farming after high school, Mr. Lay was employed at a munitions plant in Ft. Madison, Iowa.
Julian Dale Lay united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Margaret Louise Hays on December 24, 1944, at Canton, Missouri.
Upon being drafted in the United States Army in 1944, Dale volunteered for service as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. His training took place over the peanut fields in Ft. Benning, Georgia and Ft Polk, Louisiana. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, however was not deployed overseas due to the end of World War II.
Dale resided in Lewis County where he began farming with a team of white mules. Through vision, hard work, dedication and perseverance Dale became a successful farmer.
He was an active member of the First Christian Church in LaBelle, served as LaBelle school board member and enjoyed his children’s’ extracurricular activities, especially high school sports. His beagles, Rosie and Buddy were the source of great joy in his later years.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Louise Lay, five children, Carol Lynne Robertson of Columbia, MO, James Dale Lay and wife Susan of Blakesburg, IA, Donald Joe Lay of LaBelle, MO, Neil Grier Lay and wife Debra of LaBelle, MO, and Cheryl Louise McGowan and husband Dennis of Columbia, MO; eleven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Roxie Clapp of Shelbina, MO and Elizabeth Shutts of Knox City, MO; one brother-in-law, Lowell Bennett of Carrollton, MO; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Lay was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe Ronald in infancy, James William and Delbert Lay; and three sisters Reba Parker, Doris Bennett, and Imogene Longwith.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 20, 2015, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Pastor Paul Harvey will officiate with burial in the LaBelle Cemetery. Musical selections will be “Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace”. Casket bearers will be Josh Lay, Jeffrey Lay, Michael Lay, Spencer McGowan, Connor McGowan, John Robertson, Keith Lay and Robert Lay. Honorary bearers will be Tanya Cling, Leslie Orman, Miranda Hunter, Tara Klocke, Kimberly Hatfield, Jayme Bennett, Dawn Roberts and Candace McGowan.
Memorials may be made to the LaBelle First Christian Church or the LaBelle Cemetery Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.