Long-time Winlock resident Jack Bay, 87, died peacefully Monday at the home of one his sons in Lacey, WA, where he had lived for the past 2-1/2 years. Jack was a full-blood Finn, Bay being the Americanized version of Lahti. He was born in Winlock on Sept. 7, 1928, and lived for most of his life in that town.
Jack was a much-beloved husband, father and grandfather. One of his great joys in life was his family. He married Arlene (Mickelsen) Bay on Aug. 16, 1958. Jack and Arlene had three sons and a daughter, who gave them a passel of grandkids who loved going to grandpa and grandma´s for holidays, riding grandpa´s tractor, finding the candy grandma hid in the cupboard, and playing outside in the fields and mud puddles.
Another great joy was tending Bay´s 55+ Mobile Home Park, which Jack built when heart troubles put an unexpected early end to his career as a heavy equipment operator. Dad cared a lot about the park and the people who lived there. Less than a month before he died Jack was at the park, driving around on his Kubota tractor, supervising his sons as they replaced shrubs lost in this summer´s drought. During weekend trips to Winlock with his sons to maintain the park, Jack loved going to the Little Crane Cafe in Vader for the food. And the singing.
Jack was a veteran, joining the Air Force out of high school. During his tour of duty he was stationed in Colorado and in Fairbanks, AK, where he was part of a team testing the reliability of jet fuel during extreme cold-weather conditions. The Alaska bug didn´t completely leave him: later, in 1968, he moved the family for a year to Anchorage, AK, where he got a heavy equipment job at a ¨DEW Line¨ defense radar station at Cape Lisburne on the Arctic Ocean.
Jack is survived by three sons, Eric (Sara) Bay of Bellevue, Mike (Danita) Bay of Lacey, and Kevin (Melissa) Bay of Mercer Island; one daughter, Johanna (Steve) Wrenholt of Seattle; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peg Burke of Montana. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene this past June.
Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 14, at Cattermole Funeral Home in Winlock from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Winlock Cemetery, with a reception to follow immediately after at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are under the care of Cattermole Funeral Home, Winlock.