WELLERSBURG, Pa. — Jay Harold Kennell Jr., 60, of Wellersburg, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at home.
Born Aug. 18, 1952, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Jay H. Kennell Sr. and Pearl O. (Conaway) Kennell.
Jay was the beloved husband and best friend of Mary Kay for 39 years. He was also devoted to his children and grandchildren, daughter, Heather Kennell and her fiance Jerome, of Harrisonburg, Va. and Melissa Walsh and her husband Joseph, of Ephrata, Pa. and their two children, Anika and Austin.
If you spent any time at all with Jay, you would know how special his two daughters were to him and how much he loved them. His special little girl, Anika, was his fishing buddy and she loved coming to GeePa’s house. He celebrated his 60th birthday on Aug. 18, along with his grandson, Austin, who had his 1st birthday the same day.
He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Carol Stephens, of Stone Mountain, Ga.; special family, Barbara Gyauch and husband Charles, of Winchester, Va.; “brother,” Jon Witt and wife Rita, of Ellerslie and “brother” Pastor Anteneh and wife Sophie, of Arlington, VA; and two godchildren, Yonni and Yohanna.
For 39 years, Mr. Kennell had worked at Potomac Metal & Supply. He served in the capacities of Vice President and General Manager.
Jay was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he had served on the church council. He had also been the Property Committee chairman for nine years.
Jay loved fishing and NASCAR, always watching for the “88” car to get the checkered flag!
The family will receive friends at the Hafer Funeral Service, P.A.-Chapel of the Hills, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted in the Christ Lutheran Church, 1222 Vocke Road, LaVale, on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Erzkus officiating, assisted by Pastor Anteneh Gebre-Selassie and Vicar Jenny Bramble.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Property Committee, Christ Lutheran Church, 1222 Vocke Road, LaVale, MD 21502.
Condolences to the family may be posted after Mr. Kennell’s obituary at www.haferfuneralservice.com.