Jeffrey L. Gay

December 7, 1943April 22, 2019

Jeffrey L. Gay, 75, of Clear Lake, Fremont, Indiana, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019 at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Angola, Indiana, surrounded by his loving family.

Jeff was born on December 7, 1943 in Angola, Indiana.

He grew up in Fremont, and Lake Gage, and graduated Fremont High School in 1962. After graduation Jeff attended Butler University for three years, and upon the death of his father, decided to come back home and help his brother Philip run the family business, which included Gay’s Market grocery store, a laundry mat, and the Hitchin Post Restaurant. The business changed over the years to become what it is known today as Gay’s Hops N Schnapp’s, with five stores in Northeast Indiana.

Jeff married Nianne C. Rathbun on April 11, 1965 at the Fremont United Methodist Church, and she survives.

Over the years Jeff and Nianne lived at Clear Lake and enjoyed spending winters at South Padre Island, Texas, and most recently in Fort Myers, Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Nianne Gay of Clear Lake, Fremont, Indiana, children, Wendy (Gary) Hoffman of Orland, Indiana, Tony (Beth) Gay of Clear Lake, Fremont, Indiana, and Stacey (Pete) Harrington of Carmel, Indiana, ten grandchildren, a brother, Philip (Anna) Gay of Ocala, Florida, and his loving dog, Mea.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Louis Gay in 1966, and his mother, Virginia Karol (Kratz) Kuhman in 1983.

A visitation will be held from 2 – 5 pm Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Covenanter Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in his honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123, or to Cameron Home Health and Hospice, 416 East Maumee Street, Angola, Indiana 46703.


  • American Cancer Society
  • Cameron Home Health and Hospice



  • Visitation Sunday, April 28, 2019


  • Private Family Graveside Service


Jeffrey L. Gay

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Linda Fulton

April 29, 2019

I can so fondly remember waiting on Jeff in the Bank. He was truly a delight to talk to and help. Always had a smile on his face and never at a loss for words. He will truly be missed by everyone. ………
Rest in peace Jeff and Lord, please send your Angels to look after and give comfort to his family and friends. Amen.

Helen Petras Hall

April 26, 2019

Nianne, you and your family our in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. Love you

Alan and Karen Middleton

April 26, 2019

To Jeff’s Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, now and in the days ahead.
With Deepest Sympathies,
Alan and Karen Middleton

molly nagle

April 25, 2019

I feel like I have know the Gays my whole life. I’m gonna miss seeing Jeff ride by in his buggy and stop for a chat. A friendly man with the most beautiful and sweet wife Nianne, and wonderful children . Clear Lake is sure gonna miss him. Our sympathies are with you. Nagle / Shank family

Jim Wilder

April 25, 2019

Dear Tony and family,
Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lon King

April 24, 2019

Your Dad left some big shoes to fill and you stepped right into them and continue the legacy.
He will be missed by everyone, but remember, parents help guide and your Dad gave you the
direction to where you are today. Your Dad stays with you and his words will continue to help
even more now!
Lon & Susan King

Rita Helmuth

April 24, 2019

Dear Tony, Beth and family,
The memory I have is watching Tony walk down to the end of his pier with fishing gear and just wait. After a bit, his father would pick him up with his boat and they would go fishing. I always thought it was such a great father/son relationship .

Sorry about your family’s loss. You will miss him but have so many memories to share.

Rita Helmuth

Tom Wyant

April 24, 2019

Thank you for the info about Jeff's passing. Sorry for your loss.

Richard and Ruthann Oldsen

April 24, 2019

God speed Jeff. God bless your family. May the memories help the family get through this.
We will remember the snow mobile club, and all the fun with had enjoying the lake.

Jim and Pidgie Muenz

April 24, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time.
Jim and Pidgie Muenz