Jay C. McAllister, 91, of Farmland, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at Glen Oaks Healthcare Campus, New Castle, following an extended illness.
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He was born August 28, 1922, in Unionport in Randolph County, to the late Chase and Nola (Rinard) McAllister of Farmland. The family owned and operated a huckster wagon and general stores at Unionport and Farmland. Jay was a graduate of Stoney Creek High School in Randolph County and a graduate of Purdue University's School of Agriculture. He was a member of Farmland Christian Church and had been involved with Randolph County Couples Club, Rural Youth Club and various farming organizations.
Jay married Thelma (Weimer) McAllister of Winchester in 1946 and together they enjoyed 67 years of marriage. He was engaged in farming his entire life and was a private pilot for several years having piloted planes to the age of 81. He possessed a very generous spirit and is remembered for always helping those around him. Known for his welding skills, he was always the first one to help a neighbor with broken equipment. Jay enjoyed hunting, trapping and marksmanship.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Thelma; a son, Allan (wife: Jean Ann) McAllister of New Castle; six grandchildren, Ryan McAllister of Farmland, Lori (husband: Kevin) Rudisell of Muncie; Marc (wife: Candy) McAllister of Gainesville, Fla., Drew McAllister of Terre Haute, Michael McAllister of Muncie and Jenny McAllister of Cincinnati, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Rylan, Chase and Justin McAllister of Farmland and Levi Reynolds of Muncie; and two great-great-grandchildren, Brylee and Aleeyah Lawrence of Farmland.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bryce David McAllister.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sproles Family Funeral Home, 2400 S. Memorial Dr., New Castle, with Pastor Jerry Ingalls officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Maxville.
Friends may call from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sprolesfamilycares.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muncie Mission, Gideon's International or the
Sproles Family Funeral Home - New Castle
2400 South Memorial Drive
New Castle, IN 47362
Published in the Winchester News-Gazette on Oct. 7, 2013