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Walmer T. Gay Jr.
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Funeral Service

4:00 p.m
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Gay, Walmer T. “Ted”, 81, Johnstown, died Sept. 10, 2014, at Windber’s Palliative Care Unit. Born July 4, 1933, in Johnstown, son of the late Walmer T. Sr. and Amelia (Bombach). He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Weyant) with whom he recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 12; daughter, Rebecca L. Gregory  and husband, Bill, Johnstown; sons, W. Ted Gay III, Aikens, SC; and David D. Gay and wife Robin, Orland, CA; 3 grandchildren, Joshua (Jasmine Murphy, friend), Erica (Ken Wills, Jr., fiancé), and Lindsay; 2 step-grandchildren, Aaron and Lauren; three great grandchildren, Kylie, Anthony and Chase; two brothers, Robert (Lorraine) Gay, Dover; and Homer (Bonnie) Gay, Mundy’s Corner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ted served in the US Navy from 1951-1955 and retired in 1992 from Bethlehem Steel with 37 years as a crane operator.  He was a member of the Zepka Harley Davidson Motorcycle club and served as a union representative for the Steel Workers’ Union at Bethlehem Steel.  He was a ham radio operator for the Civil Defense during and after the Johnstown Flood of 1977.  He was an avid Johnstown hockey fan and a season ticket holder for over 50 years. He sang the National Anthem for many hockey games.  He was a part time police officer and a member of Westwood Volunteer Fire Company, where he served as Fire Chief. He was a talented musician and played guitar, mandolin, bass, tuba, and other instruments. He was a member of First Lutheran Church where he served on church council, the music and worship committee, and sang in the church and Reformation choirs.  He also served as a Sunday church school teacher, youth group leader, organized bicycle trips, and directed the church orchestra and brass ensemble.  He was a member of the Johnstown Flower Club and won many awards for his roses.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St., Johnstown, Pastor Scott Custead officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, PA 15963. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.”  Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com.

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