Jay Haning
1977 - 2017
Davis-Oswald Funeral Home - Hopedale
204 SW 2nd Street
Hopedale, IL
Jay Haning
MORTON - Jay Michael Haning, 40, of Morton, Ill., passed away at 12:11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.
Jay was born on March 10, 1977, in Bloomington, Ill., a son to Duane and Joyce Ruwe Haning. His mother preceded him in death on June 26, 1996.
Surviving are his father, Duane (Marilyn) Haning, Minier, Ill.; one brother, Brad (Julie) Haning, Mackinaw, Ill.; one sister, Jill (Mike) Leahy, St. Croix Falls, Wis.; and three nephews, Brady, Nolan and Calan Leahy, all of St Croix Falls.
Jay graduated from Olympia High School, Stanford, Ill., in 1995. In August of 1995, he entered the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He majored in agronomy and joined Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity where he lived during his college years. He also worked for Ken and Barb Dalenberg on their grain farm during this time which he enjoyed thoroughly. Jay graduated in 1999, earning a bachelor's degree.
After graduation, he went to work with John Deere Company in the Hay and Forage Equipment Division. He tested prototype and new introduction bailing equipment. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and lived in Australia for a short time, testing machines there. From there, he went to Davenport Training Center where he was an Ag Service Training Instructor. He taught Dealer Service Training for Dealer Techs and personnel. He developed an extensive background for John Deere Ag machines. After some years at the training center, he went to the customer support division, where he was a territory customer support manager in western Illinois. He supported dealers in several territories throughout Illinois. He gained many wonderful friends throughout his career with John Deere. He wore no other hat.
Besides Jay's time with Deere, he maintained his absolute passion for farming and continuing the family farm. He was very adamant about keeping with the latest technologies introduced in agriculture and he applied his experience from one career to the next. He was first and foremost an Illinois farmer.
Jay's hobby was tractor pulling. He started at age 14. His first pulling tractor was a 1934 Hart Parr. He then expanded his hobby with Paul, Bill, Joe, and Herb of Friedrich Farms Pulling Team. They spent the last 12 years pulling throughout the Midwest. They ran in the 10,000-pound Pro-Stock Class, most recently running a new component tractor named Buck with No Doe. This was Jay's biggest thrill and he spent many hours working on the tractor with the guys. The team received ITPA Sportsmanship of the Year Award in 2015 and received Friedrich-Haning pulling team family of the year 2017.
His funeral service will be at 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Minier Christian Church, Minier, Ill. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the church. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Hopedale is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Jay Haning Memorial Fund. Private interment will be at a later date.
Jay will be greatly missed by his family and thousands of friends. He will be remembered for his "off the wall" sense of humor, his infectious laugh and his engaging smile. God Speed Driver!
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Published by Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2017.
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I only know Jay from tractor pulling, never had the chance to work with him! I know I would have been blessed. Jay helped me several times this past few summer at tractor pulls. Whether it was helping pull me to the scales or run the ether can, he never thought twice about offering his services. My tractor is red to boot! My prayers and thoughts are with his family and dear friends as I know he was a very special person!
Cody Shay
November 20, 2017
I've been listening to some records of Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings all weekend on a Pandora station I made in your honor. Wish I had the time to see you or say goodbye. Damn you were one Solid man that could break down a wall of silence with the funniest of cracks. College roommates in room 18 at IlliDell 1997 I believe. It really hurts to know you're gone but I know Jesus knows better than I so I'm saying goodbye for now. I'm coming to see you when I'm done here. Give my sons and daughters an extra look from time to time for me please! And get to work up there. I'm told there's a hell of a garden to work in.
Wyatt Sweitzer
November 20, 2017
Oh goodness, Brad. I'm so very sorry for the loss you & your family are suffering now. Although Jay is now pain-free, I know how much y'all will miss him. Wishing you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.
Mary Ardis
November 18, 2017
I met Jay quite some time ago doing the many farm shows that we worked together. He was such a friendly competitor and became a friend. I always enjoyed seeing him and catching up. I am very saddened by his passing and will miss him greatly. His friends and family and extended work family have lost a jewel of a man. My sincerest condolences go out to everyone that ever knew him because once you did know him you appreciated him. Its tough knowing a person of his caliber will no longer be around to share that infectious personality. Rest in peace Jay. Deepest sympathy for the Haning family
Len Horn
November 18, 2017
Duane & Joyce:
Knowing Jay was an honor. His energy and infectious laugh will always be remembered. Due to our location, we didn't get to see him much, but it was always a rememberable good laugh session when we did. Our sincere condolences and apologize for missing the service. He was definitely a "chip off the old block". May God bless.

Sam & Jack DuDash
November 18, 2017
Jay, in the few short years that you called upon our store, your honesty, integrity, sense of humor, and willingness to help us and our customers was second to none. The times we spent at field demos sharing farm and tractor pull tales will always stand out in our memories. Thank you for those times, we will miss you very much.
Roger Spires
November 18, 2017
Duane, Brad, Jill and family; so very sorry to learn of your loss! Memories, memories, and memories. May GOD soften the "sting" knowing that Jay's smile, laughter, and personality influenced so many. It will be cherished forever!
November 18, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to the Haning family. Jay was a very remarkable man. He was thought very highly by his friends. Jay, you will be truly missed.
Brook Schafer
November 17, 2017
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