Jay E. Lance Jr., 60, of Rittman, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 following a lengthy illness.
Jay was born Feb. 8, 1956 in Lodi and was the son of the late Jay E. Lance Sr. and Martha Weaver Sidwell. He was a 1974 graduate of Norwayne High School and was self employed in the dry wall business and had also worked with his uncle, Paul Weaver. On March 25, 1995 he married the former Marti Cunnigham and she survives.
Jay had enjoyed bowling, stock care racing, sports and coaching softball. His grandchildren were the light of his life and he enjoyed many special moments with Drew and McKayla. He will be missed by his two faithful companions, Willie and Reba.
Surviving are his loving wife Marti; children, Jeff Lance of Michigan, Joe Lance of Lodi, Nicki VonGunten of Uniontown, Brian (Nichole) VonGunten of Parma and Beth VonGunten Horner of Rittman; 6 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Glen Sidwell and a sister Wilma Sidwell.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston where Pastor Tom Hiel will conduct services at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Rittman Cemetery. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com
Memorial contributions my be made to the family in care of Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston, OH 44217 to help with expenses.