Jeffrey Hay Obituary (1967 – 2022) – Kalamazoo, MI

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Jeffrey Dennis Hay
Jeff Hay died suddenly on January 19 at his home in Portage, Michigan, following recent surgery. He was 54 years old.
Jeff Hay had a powerful presence.
He was husband, father, colleague and friend.
He was funny, engaging, articulate and the epitome of a team player. He knew when to speak and when to let others speak and he never asked more of others than he was prepared to do himself.
He was born on April 25, 1967 to Dennis and Rita (Gilbert) Hay of Bellevue, Ohio. He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents Ernest and Doris (Eisenhauer) Gilbert and Leon and Rosemarie (Hipp) Hay.
He graduated from Ohio State University in 1990. He was president of the Delta Theta Sigma fraternity. He achieved his lifelong ambition of having an impactful career in the animal health industry as a Senior Account Strategist for Zoetis Animal Health.
He married Joyce Ellen Scott of Tontogany, Ohio on March 23, 1991. His daughter Taylor Ellen was born on February 2, 2009.
Jeff was passionate about his collection of hunting and fishing antiques and enjoyed a vibrant community of like-minded friends from across North America. The family hopes to celebrate their life with these friends in March.
Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by: his sister, Jodi (Chuck) Gaietto of Tiffin, Ohio; his aunt Pam (Dan) Verhoff of Bellevue, Ohio; his special cousin, Brian (Deb) Eisenhauer; in-laws Bernard and Jean (Mattingly) Scott of Tontogany, Ohio; Selene (Jim) Bostdorff of Bowling Green, Ohio; Gary (Lauri) Scott from Gastonia, NC, Alan (Monica) Scott from Menomonie, WI, Jill (John) Beach from Haskins, Ohio, Dasa (Matt) Dziewa from Haskins, Ohio and Sara (Craig) Brown from Botkins, Ohio. He is survived by 19 nieces and nephews, including his favorite euchre partner, Andrew. Sadly, nephew Ethan preceded him in death.
Jeff’s life will be celebrated on February 3, 2022 at Hope Reformed Church, 910 Jenks Boulevard, Kalamazoo MI 49006. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. service and lunch in the Fellowship Hall . The live stream will be available on the church’s social media. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her name to your own local 4-H or FFA. He was a firm believer in these youth development organizations. Please share stories of Jeff’s impact on your lives for Taylor to cherish; Fatherly advice, funny stories and interesting adventures are welcome.

Posted by Langeland Family Funeral Homes on January 22, 2022.

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