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Kenneth W. Jay, age 91, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Unity Point in Rock Island.

Kenneth was born December 27, 1926 in Neodasha, Kan. the son of Oscar and Lillian (Biddle) Jay. He served in the US Navy during WWII and later was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 30 years. He married Margery Miller on March 19, 1949 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2000. Kenneth was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a self taught jack of all trades working as a welder, builder, woodworker and many other types of jobs.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda (Alan) Anschutz of Sterling; one son, Dennis (Debbie) Jay of Washington, IL; one sister, Wilma McGinnis of Mesa, Ariz.; one brother, Ramon (Inez) Jay of Purlear, N.C.; four grandchildren, Noe Ramirez, Jason Ramirez, Christopher (Andrea) Ramirez and Eric Petersen; sixteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one daughter, Sandra Petersen; one granddaughter, Cammarie Reigel; and several brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20, 2018 from 10 – 11:00 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral services with military honors will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Ralph Beidler officiating. Private burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.