Jay Thoms


CLINTON — Jay Thoms, 76 of Clinton, passed away at 10:26 a.m. on January 20, 2019, at Sugar Creek, Normal, Ill.

A time to celebrate Jay’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Sara Gentry officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10–11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA.

Jay was born on February 22, 1942, in Wapella, the son of Jesse and Aretta (Nelson) Thoms.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Ijams) Thoms, Clinton; children, Randy Thoms, of Clinton; Rodney (Lisa) Thoms, of Chicago; one grandchild, Viola Thoms, of Chicago, and one sister, Sara Lee Stewart, of Loysville, Pa.

Jay was preceded in death by his Siblings, Joan Lewis, Ray Thoms and Ida Gentry.

Jay retired in 1997 from RR Donnelley (formerly Wallace Computer Services), where he was corporate transportation manager.

Jay served on the boards of the Clinton YMCA, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and the Clinton Country Club, taking a turn as president at both the YMCA and the Chamber. He also served on the city police and fire commission and volunteered for the United Way. 

A lifelong fitness and recreation enthusiast, he enjoyed running, biking, basketball, golf, fishing, hunting, boating and camping. He coached, co-founded and participated in local sports programs and events for all ages.

The family would like to thank Sugar Creek for their care and kindness.

Jay enjoyed his retirement years traveling with Barb in their RV.  Above all, Jay was a family man and a good provider.  He touched the lives of many and will be missed.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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