WESTVILLE – Donald "Jiggs" LeRoy Gay, 83, of Westville passed away at 1:12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.
He was born on April 11, 1934, in Tilton, the son of Pearl and Lottie (Lovell) Gay, both deceased.
He will be dearly missed by his son, Donald (Loretta) Gay Jr. of Hoopeston; daughters, Julia Gay of Westville and Robin Burton of Kansas; brother, Jim Gay of Tilton; sister, Joe Ann Shultz of Danville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Gay; sons, Kevin Gay and Wayne Sergent; daughter, Donna Gay; and grandsons, Joshua Biage and Skylar Gay.
Jiggs was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Westville American Legion Post 51 and Masons. He enjoyed dancing, hunting and riding around town on his three-wheeler or in his blue pickup truck.
He was loved by everyone and was known to never give up. He was a fighter until the end and he will be remembered by all whose lives he touched.
"I want to thank you for the woman I am today. You taught me life isn't always easy, but to never give up and always smile. And when things get at the absolute worst, just dance. Love you, Daddy. ... Your daughter, Julie."
A celebration of Jiggs' life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Sunset-Urbas Chapel, 414 S. State St., Westville, with Jay Sorrell officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, with Masonic rites at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park, with military rites by American Legion Post 51.
Memorial donations may be given in his name to Palliative Care at VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville. Please join Jiggs' family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfunerahome.com.