Obituary for Robert Alan “Bob”Lay:
Robert Alan “Bob” Lay was born May 24, 1956 in McKenzie, Tennessee to Ronald Arthur Lay, Sr. and Shirley Bridges Lay. He passed into the loving arms of the Lord on Monday, August 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida.
He attended Newark Central High School in Newark, New York. He played Football in Newark High School, where he also received an award from the Football Activity Director of Athletics. He graduated in the Class of 1974.
Bob joined the United States Navy in 1974, making a career as an Aviation Electrician. His first duty station was at VC-5 Cubi Point in Subic Bay, Philippines (1975). This was followed by VC-3NAS North Island, AIMD NAS Cecil Field, VA-86 NAS Cecil Field and VF-45 NAS Key West. He made Sailor of the Year at the VF-45 Squadron in 1987 and made Chief Petty Officer in 1989. Bob was also stationed at VFA-137, Claw-1 / Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Fleet. He became a Senior Chief – Aviation Electrician. Bob’s last duty station was at VFA-136 NAS Cecil Field. He retired in 1998. He served his country for 24 years.
Bob worked for Freedom Expedited Services starting in 1998 and eventually retiring in 2019.
Bob loved life and his family very much. He had a great passion for cooking and baking desserts and enjoyed serving his tasty creations to family and friends. He enjoyed listening to the oldies music, watching football, being a world traveler, learning different cultures and fine dining. He was an avid coffee cup and magnet collector, which he loved showing his collections to his friends and family. Within the last 10 years, he found a new sport he loved: golfing.
Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mila Lay, of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter, Elaine Lay, of Jacksonville; parents, Ronald Lay of Ohio and Shirley Lay of Colorado; sisters Cathy Hill of Kansas, Sandy Martin of Kansas, Alisa Jo Sherbeck of Missouri and Cyndi Lacefield of Alabama; and brother, Randy Smith, of Arizona. His older brother, Ronald Lay, Jr. was laid to rest March 14, 2014. Also, he is fondly loved by his in-laws, many nieces and nephews and their children.
A Military memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 on October 4, 2021 at 1:30 pm.
A reception after the memorial service will be held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive Orange Park, Florida 32065 in Bob’s honor.
1:30 PM Monday, October 4, 2021
Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218