Jay W. Burris, 73, of Meadville, escaped his earthy bonds and went Home to be with his Savior on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Vincent Health System, Erie.
Jay was born in Oil City on Jan. 10, 1941, a son of the late Carl W. and Marion E. Ross Burris. On Feb. 2, 1972, Jay married Katherine G. Schuck; she survives.
He was a member of Church of the Nazarene, Meadville.
Jay was employed by Advance Auto Parts. During his 15 years of employment there, he was actively involved in their Sneaker Sales Campaign which, nationwide, raised millions of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research. Jay was responsible for raising more than $25,000 for this worthy cause, placing him among the national leaders of sneaker sales. Jay was previously employed by the former American Viscose as a rigger. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Jay entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 4, 1958, and served until his honorable discharge on Feb. 9, 1962. Most of his service took place in Germany where he was awarded numerous medals for his skills as a sharp shooter. Jay attended schools in Oil City and in the early 1980s earned his GED. An avid outdoors man, Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening as well as bowling in a league.
In addition to his wife, Katherine, of 42 years, Jay is survived by seven children, John Bishop and his wife, Joyce, of Springboro, Susan Shiner and her husband, James, of Cleveland, Ohio, Richard Burris of Meadville, Joseph Burris and his wife, Kim of Winchester, Va., Valerie Lord and her husband, Kenneth R., of Meadville, Pamela Burris of Winchester, and Laura Petrak and her husband, Darren, of Dearborn, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Joel Bishop, Jeff Bishop, Jenna Bish, Joshua Lord, Benjamin Lord, Zach Burris, Megan Burris, Rachel Burris, Shannon Harley and Alicia Summerfield; four great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Burris; a sister, Judith Baker; his stepmothers, Martha Stover who raised him, and Grace Mohnkern whom he dearly loved.
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 851 Washington St., Meadville, where, following military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Rodney A. Johnson, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 2816 Elmwood St., Erie, Pa. 16508.
The family would like to thank the loving nurses and staff at both Wesbury of Meadville and St. Vincent of Erie, for the wonderful care they provided during Jay's illness.
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