By The Mercury

Jay Dee Hollingshead, 53, of Westmoreland, died Tuesday at Stormont-Vail Health Care Center in Topeka, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones. He was a life-long resident of the area.

The family provided some of the following information.

Jay was born Aug. 19, 1960, in Manhattan. He was the son of Paul and Patricia Roudybush Hollingshead. He attended local schools and graduated from Wamego High School in 1979. While in high school he participated in several sports. He then graduated from Manhattan Technical School.

Jay was a millwright for A-Lert Construction. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator for various construction companies in the area. During the ’80s he owned and operated the Daylight Donut Shop in Wamego.

Jay was a member of both the Plasterers and Pipefitters Unions. He loved to garden, cook, and can. He was known for his salsa. He was very artistic and did etchings and woodworking. He enjoyed mechanical work and fixing cars, but his true love was his family and especially his grandchildren.

Jay married Dee Pearson. They were later divorced. On July 1, 1995, he married Susan (Boardman) Oliver. She survives at their home.

He is also survived by his mother, Patricia Dekat (Kenny) of Belvue; his daughters, Christina Huffman of Salina, Alysia Oliver (Michael) of Brownwood, Texas, Sarah Brady of Topeka, Kristen Gilliland (Jack) of St. George, and Caitlin Hollingshead of Westmoreland; brother, Kevin Hollingshead of Westmoreland; sisters, Sandy Ritter (Shannon) of Wamego, and Rhonda Carroll of Miltonvale; nine grandchildren; beloved cat, Saphira; six ferrets, and a list of cherished family and friends too long to name.

A celebration gathering of Jay’s life will be from noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday at the Wamego Family Worship Center, 16445 Cameron Circle. The family suggests memorials to the Jay Hollingshead Memorial Fund, and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary.

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