Jay Roy Gould, 95, of rural Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 21, 2019, at Charlotte Stephenson Manor in Adrian.
Jay was born June 16, 1923, in Morenci, the son of Roy Henry and Edna (Thomas) Gould. He married Alberta Brink on April 22, 1940, in Defiance, Ohio, and she survives.
A lifelong resident of Morenci, Jay attended school in Morenci and worked as a farmer to support his family. He was a lifetime member of the Morenci Sportsman’s Club and was a former leader of the Stateline Hustlers 4-H club.
He served a 46-year tenure as supervisor of Seneca Township, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He also was a member of the Morenci Area Schools Board of Education for eight years, and served during the purchase of the school’s current property. Jay and Alberta were longtime members of the Weston United Methodist Church.
Jay enjoyed the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing. Another hobby included bowling, and he belonged to a Morenci league for many years. He also enjoyed frequent trips to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, vacationing in the family cabin that he proudly built in 1949.
In addition to his wife of more than 78 years, Jay is survived by his children, Joyce (and Kenneth) Johnson of Sand Creek, Larry (and Joan) Gould of Morenci, Judy (and Dave) Collier of Freeland, Mich., Barbara (and Tim) Johnston of Tipton, Mich., Nancy Munk of Haslett, Mich., Bonnie (and Merlin) Zuvers of Morenci, Alan Gould of Morenci, and Becky (and Phillip) Schermerhorn of Morenci; a sister, Phyllis Lanesey of Holland, Mich.; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; one niece; four nephews; one sister-in-law, Nina Shank of McComb, Ohio; and one brother-in-law, Paul Woodside of Adrian, Mich.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Emily Munk; brothers-in-law, George Holt and Frank Lanesey; and son-in-law, Dale Munk.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Packard Cemetery in Seneca Township.
Memorial contributions are suggested to his favorite organization, the Morenci Sportsman’s Club, Hospice of Lenawee or Weston United Methodist Church.