On October 11, after 95 years of well-lived life, Jay was taken to his heavenly home. He was the proprietor of DeJongh Grocery Store in Dorr, MI until his retirement in 1987. In his retirement he enjoyed meat cutting at the Byron Locker. Jay was a member of Dorr Christian Reformed Church and served terms as elder and deacon and regularly counted the offering. In recent years he attended Maranatha CRC, Holland. Jay proudly served active duty in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was among the original volunteer firefighters for Dorr Township. Over the years Jay played softball, waterskied and bowled. He still played a couple rounds of golf three months before his death. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Joanne (Heetderks) DeJongh, daughter Vicki and Jeff Meyer, son Terry and Alice DeJongh, grand children Grant and Sarah DeJongh, and Garrett DeJongh, brother Neal and Linda DeJongh, and siblings in-law Roger Bremer, and Gerald and Florence Meyers. No visitation or service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program (wmvap.org).
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