Jay Earl Gehring
1924 ~ 2016

Jay Earl Gehring, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 6, 2016 at the age of 92.

Jay was born September 3, 1924 in Salt Lake City to Paul H. Gehring and Belva Erickson Gehring. He was raised in Salt Lake and graduated from South High. After graduation, Jay enlisted in the Army and served as a Medical Technician aboard the S.S. Bienville…a modified troop/hospital ship. Jay married Yvonne Marcia Leavitt on May 16, 1947. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on July 8, 1964. Yvonne passed away on August 13, 1996 from the effects of polio which she had most of her adult life. Two sons were born to them while they lived in Salt Lake. They then moved to Provo and later to Orem where they raised their family. While living in Orem, they adopted two little girls and that made their family complete.

Jay worked at Provo Plumbing and Heating for his father for many years. He also worked at Mountainland Plumbing and he retired from BYU in the auxiliary maintenance department. Two years after Yvonne’s death, Dad was blessed to find another companion, Joan Abegg and they spent the last 18 years together.

Jay has three younger sisters: Gloria Deane (Charles) Moake (who preceded him in death), Dixie Ann (Charles) Edwards and Dana Kaye Openshaw. Jay and Yvonne were blessed with four children: Randy and (Connie) Gehring, Mark and (Myrt) Gehring, (Robert) and Cindy Seal, and Carla Brown.

Jay loved the Lord and served as a temple worker at the Salt Lake and Provo Temples. Jay loved to bowl and was on several leagues. He also enjoyed racquetball and golf. After two marriages, Dad was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he loved very much.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgewood LDS Ward Chapel, 3511 North 180 East in Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery with full military honors.

The family wishes to thank all the nurses, aids and hospice people who cared so lovingly for Dad during the last 13 months. We appreciate you and consider you angels!

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