James Brian "Jay" Jebe
1940 - 2021
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James Brian "Jay" Jebe, age 80, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away at home on January 18, 2021, from complications of battling kidney failure for six and one-half years.

Jay was born on April 8, 1940, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Kenneth Walter Jebe and Ruth Mayes (Kelley) Jebe. In 1947, his family moved to Shell Rock, Iowa, when they purchased the Whitaker Funeral Home, where he grew up. He graduated from the Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1959. Jay then entered the United States Air Force, serving in the 8th Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged after six years of service. On May 29, 1965, Jay was united in marriage to Patricia Jerolaman, two children were born to this union. In 1965, Jay began working for Carnation in Waverly. In 1970, he graduated from Hawkeye Tech with a degree in commercial photography. In 1978, Jay began working for Waverly Municipal Electric Company, retiring in 2005.

Throughout his life Jay had many interests and took pride in mastering many disciplines; mechanic, electrician, lineman, commercial photographer, ham radio operator, and pilot. He loved flying and was a longtime EAA member and Oshkosh volunteer, where Jay and his son volunteered two weeks each summer for thirteen years. He enjoyed traveling and saw much of the world from Puerto Rico to Alaska and Hawaii to Germany.

Jay's memory is honored by: wife, Patricia, of Waverly; daughter, Laura (Heath Schneider) Jebe, of Las Vegas, Nevada; son, Brian Jebe, of Waverly; two beloved grandchildren, Rachel and Michael Jebe, of Waverly; and his very spoiled black lab, Sadie. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother in infancy.

Per his request Jay has been cremated. Graveside services and burial of his cremains will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice or Waverly Pet Rescue. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.

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Published in Waverly Democrat on Jan. 21, 2021.
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January 20, 2021
So sad to hear of Jay's passing. I have so many good memory's. We grew up in the same neighborhood and spent many days together
Jack Beem
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