Don Douglas Gay, 78, was called home to his Savior in the early morning hours of October 4th, 2022. At the time of his passing, Don was in the excellent hands of the care team at NorthCare Hospice House. He was born the first of five children on January 17, 1944 in Oklahoma City to Virgil and Ruth (Nelson) Gay.
Don was a carpenter, environmental scientist, singer, veteran, writer, teacher, bible study leader, and above all a devoted Christian. He was passionate about sharing faith through his carpentry. This gave him opportunities to work with Habitat for Humanity, Reach Workcamp, and church mission trips. Because of these experiences, he helped to rebuild homes in Liberty, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Papua New Guinea. Don was also a devoted husband and loving father who put the needs of the family before his own.
He is preceded in death by father Virgil, mother Ruth, brother Brian, sister Julie, and nephew Clint. He is survived by wife Mary Jo, brother Andy (Maureen), sister Jean (Don), son Matthew (Kelly Anne), daughter Meghan, son Nathan (Arah), grandchildren Madison, Erika, and Emily, other extended family and friends, his cat O’Malley, and his dogs Abby and Zack.
The Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2022 at Community Covenant Church in Kearney, MO with a Visitation one hour prior to the service. A Committal Service will take place at 2:30 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2022 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, Kansas. Memories of Don and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.