Donald J. Clay, 97, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Chapel Pointe in Carlisle. Born March 8, 1916, in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Clarence and Nellie Mae (Ludt) Clay.
Mr. Clay was employed by S. G. L Abrasives, Carlisle when he retired in 1977. Prior to that he worked at C. H. Masland & Sons, and also at Kruger Dairy, Carlisle, from where he was inducted into the army in WW II on June 4, 1941. He was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church, Carlisle.
He served in Normandy in the 28th Division and was in the Battle of the Bulge where he was awarded a Battlefield Commission. He also was awarded the combat medal and various other medals. After several years in the reserves he was called to serve in Korea as a 1st Lt. in the 7th Infantry Division and there was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth Fetter Clay, of 65 years, and also his children, Cynthia A. Clay Bassett and Stephen D. Clay, and a sister Marie Clay Sanderson and a brother Markel D. Clay.
Surviving are daughter-in-law Carol Reilly Clay of Texas; son-in-law Charles K. Bassett of Carlisle; two grandchildren, Christa L. Bassett and Chad A. Bassett both of Carlisle; a brother Richard P. Clay, Carlisle and a sister Janet Clay Grimm, Dillsburg, and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Hoffman-Roth Funeral
Home & Crematory, Inc, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle with the Pastor Susan H. Stewart officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will be in Westminster Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3211 N. Front St., suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or the American Heart Association, Capital Region Division, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043.
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