Memorial services for Mearl Fay, age 93, of Corning, who died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at the United Congregational Methodist Church in Lewis. Inurnment will be held at the Atlantic Cemetery in Atlantic at 2 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the family or
. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com
under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.
Mearl Elvin Fay was born Feb. 3, 1919 in Lewis, the son of James Edward Fay and Minnie Bell (Bartles) Fay. He grew up in Lewis where he graduated from the Lewis High School and entered the United States Army
in 1941. Mearl served in the Aleutian Islands and worked on the Alcan Highway. On Nov. 21, 1941, he was united in marriage to Isabelle Dorine Rhoads. The couple was blessed with five sons, Jim, Tim, Max, Paul and Mick.
Mearl worked many years at the Creston Livestock Auction Company and was highly regarded as a livestock buyer. He had a deep love for horses and his sons grew up raising, breaking and riding them. They were also involved in rodeos from Little Britches on up. Mearl's love of horses was passed on to his sons and his grandchildren. He and Isabelle also enjoyed square dancing for many years. They dearly loved the Blue Skirt Waltz.
Left to cherish Mearl's memory are three sons, Tim Fay of Corning; Paul Fay and wife Betty of Lenox; and Mick Fay and wife Kathy of Lewis; a daughter-in-law, Karen Fay of Purdum, Neb.; 10 grandchildren, Jeanne Fay; Jason Fay; Kimberly Lopez and husband Manny; Mindy Clapper and husband Shane; Max J. Fay and wife Cristin; Kati Bayles and husband Lonnie; Aubrey Weldon and husband Brett; Roger Butler and wife Dominique; Kerri Waller and husband Jayson; and Kasey Fay; 12 great-grandchildren, along with many other extended relatives and friends.
Preceding Mearl in death are his parents, James and Minnie Fay; his wife, Isabelle Fay in 2011; two sons, Jim Fay in 1969 and Max Fay in 2004; three brothers, Eldon Fay, James Fay and Lester Fay; and two sisters, Zeta Eblen and Marcella at infancy.
We will forever hold our precious memories of Mearl in our hearts.
May you be at peace in God's loving care.