March 5, 2009


Jay C. Hyde, 78, of Kansas City, MO, passed away February 26, 2009.

A memorial service to celebrate Jay’s life was held March 2, 2009, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO. Donations in lieu of flowers to the VFW Hughes Marvin Post, 13137 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64147.

He was born July 10, 1930 in Buffalo, NY to Cleon and Hazel Hyde.

Jay attended high school in Buffalo, NY, and later earned his GED degree.

Jay and Willa were married April 12,1956.

Jay enlisted in the Air Force in 1947, and served 21 years. He served in Korea and Vietnam, and the family joined him on a tour in France for two years. After retiring from the Air Force, the family moved to Kansas City in 1968. Jay was a rabid KC Chiefs fan, holding season tickets 27 years in the ‘new’ stadium. Jay worked in the Kansas City area until he retired in 1994. During that time and after he retired he was a volunteer. He was a shuttle driver at the VA Medical Center. He served almost every office in the Air Force Sergeants Chapter 804. He was the Master of Ceremonies for all their Floor Shows. He called Bar Bingo at the Club for many years. He was the Charter Treasurer when he passed away. He also served in many offices in the Air Force Sergeants Association Division 8 and is an International Air Force Sergeants Association Lifetime Trustee. He was a lifetime member of the Dwight Cowles American Legion Post 370 Overland Park, KS. He was the VFW Hughes Marvin Post Quartermaster. He took that position seriously and that took a lot of time. Some weeks he was there almost every day. The VFW was Jay and Willa’s home away from home. Thanks to Dennis and Linda Kort for all the support they gave him all those years.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Willa, of the home; daughter, Janie and Larry Hodges of Shawnee, KS, daughter, Melissa and Mark Semke of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Phillip and Pam Hodges, Jill and David McCalman III; brother, Paul Hyde of Buffalo, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

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