Leonard Lay, 79, son of Perry Oscar and Puella Effie McCubbins Lay, was born March 9, 1925, at Waukee, Iowa. He died March 3, 2005, at his home at Marion, Ill.He spent his childhood in rural Missouri, working on the farm.He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Dec. 14, 1942, serving on the USS Yorktown/Pacific fleet during World War II. He was honorably discharged March 19, 1946, with the rank of seaman first class after serving 39 months.After the service, he met and married Wilma Lea Park Feb. 19, 1949, at Hammond, Ind. They were married 53 years before her death Nov. 7, 2002.The Lay family lived at Schererville, Ind., from 1949 to 1974. The family built and operated the Motel Lee at Schererville until 1974. He was also a carpenter and general contractor.Mr. Lay was past president of the Schererville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Carpenters Union.After his retirement, the Lays moved to Leesburg, Fla., where they lived for 26 years. They returned to southern Illinois October 2000.Mr. Lay attended the Victory Baptist Church of Carterville.His interests included fishing, woodworking, working with his hands, gardening, bargain hunting and visiting with friends and family.He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and an infant sister.Surviving are two sons, Keith Lay of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Dale Lay of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Patti Howard of Marion, Ill.; two sisters, Grace Williams of Marion, Ill., and Nadine Steeb of Ann Arbor, Mich.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Services were March 6 at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home of Marion with the Rev. Rick Dawson, the Rev. Bill McDonald and the Rev. Ivan Ryan officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Rose Hill of Marion. “

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