Jay F. Gleitz
Jay F. Gleitz, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Corydon, Indiana, on December 14, 1930, to the late Oscar and Georgia (Grabel) Gleitz, Jay was selected valedictorian of his class at Corydon High School, where he also excelled in sports. He went on to receive a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1953. Jays graduate school career at Purdue was interrupted when he was drafted. He shortly found himself at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Maryland, where he served his entire military career. He joined the DuPont Company in 1955 at the Louisville Elastomers Plant. During his distinguished 34-year career, he worked primarily in the Elastomers Department, including time in research and development. Jay retired in 1989 as plant manager at the Kalrez plant in Newark.
Just before joining DuPont, Jay married a girl he had known nearly his entire life, Mary Jane Keith. They went on to share 55 years of love, family, careers, and all the things that make life a fulfilling journey. Their children will always remember Jay as an engaged father who taught by example and deeds and who quietly motivated and encouraged them. To his daughter, he gave the gift of confidence that she could be and do whatever she could dream. To his son, he gave the gift of flying.
Jay fell in love with flying and airplanes at Purdue when he took flying lessons with his roommate and bought his first plane. His mechanical bent later led him to building and repairing antique aircraft and farm equipment. Retirement gave Jay more time to do what he loved. Together, he and his son Doug, a commercial pilot, rebuilt a Luscombe aircraft, which they took to fly-ins around the country. His projects were supported by an extensive and exotic collection of tools and paraphernalia, and it was well known among his friends that no matter what sort of tool they needed, Jay probably had one in his basement or hangar. It was only natural that he would become his grandson Ryans mentor, initiating him into the wonders and mysteries of how things work. The two special buddies enjoyed long hours together tinkering with airplanes and engines.
Jay is survived by his wife of 55 years; one son, Jay Douglas (wife, Linda) of Longmont, Colorado; a daughter, Lynnette Gleitz-Guinn (husband, Randy) of Cave Creek, Arizona; a grandson, Ryan Cull, also of Cave Creek; and two stepgrandchildren, Max and Sophie Juhl, of Longmont. He also leaves a sister, Betty Windell, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and one nephew and two nieces also of Jeffersonville.
The Gleitz family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Steven Grubbs and his nursing staff and to the Delaware Hospice caregivers for their loving, considerate care, especially Nancy Farmer, Abou Sidibe, Rose Ofori, and Watched Peabody.
A celebration of Jays life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, Delaware, where visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810.
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