John Neil Hay, Jr., 65, of Sweet Home, died, Monday at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
John was born December 7, 1953 in Hastings, Nebraska the son of John Neil and LaVern (Daniels) Hay. The family lived in several places until settling in Sweet Home in 1965. John graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1972. While in school he was on the swim team and was captain his senior year.
John then attended Southern Oregon College where he was also on the swim team. John then returned to Sweet Home and had worked for various mills in Sweet Home until retiring from Weyerhaeuser in 2017.
John married Kathleen “Kathy” Gillespie on July 4, 1981 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
John was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved going to the woods and riding ATV’s.
John is survived by his wife Kathy Hay of Sweet Home, sons J.T. Hay (Meaghan) of Spokane, WA and Dustin Hay of Sweet Home, brothers Jerry (Bev), Jim (Lori), Clark (Angie) Hay all of Sweet Home and Scott (Gretchen) Hay of Mt. Angel, granddaughter Calista who is due in June and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his extended families, the Gillespie’s and Gagner’s. He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Casey Hanscam, niece Amy Maisto and father-in-law Duane Gagner.
Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at St Helen’s Catholic Church in Sweet Home. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m., also at the Church.