CHASE, Jay "J. L.", now resides in Heaven in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 5, 2012. His 93 year old body is buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. His wife of 32 years, Mary Francis Smoak Chase (1920-1972) was a victim of the Rapid City flood of 1972 and she is also buried there. A graveside service with military honors will take place later this summer. Jay was born in Duel County near Chappell, NE on December 1, 1918. He graduated from Lakeland High School. He served 26 years in the US Air Force during WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired as a CMsgt. And he married Thelma Gabelein. Lake Placid has been "home" since 1976. Jay was widowed in 2003, and has remained active here in this community. He served as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, attending services regularly, and dedicating himself to serving others. He chaired the benevolent committee in the 80's. For years, he volunteered at the Lake Placid Historical Society, Little Lambs School of the Bible, and FPC. Jay has had a "ministry of availability" in this community as long as he's lived here. He loved everyone, and he was dearly loved. Jay is survived by his family, Montie and Shirley Dowling, Al and Lynn Klosterman and Edward and Anne Smoak. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. His nieces, Sandy Little and Nancy Hanley and his nephew, Ken Chase and their families were also close to his heart. A memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid, 118 N. Oak Street, Lake Placid, to celebrate Jay's life is planned for 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 1, 2012, with Rev. Ray Cameron and Rev. Drew Severance celebrating. Military honors will be provided by the McDill Air Force Base Honor Guard. A gathering for family and friends will follow the service in the Friendship Hall. The family suggest donations be made in Jay's memory to the First Presbyterian Church Outreach Center to be built at the Oak Street Campus. Words of comfort to the family and a video tribute can be seen by visiting www.scottfuneralservices.com. Arrangements entrusted with the Scott Funeral Home, 504 W. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 465-4134
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Published in TBO.com on June 24, 2012