BUCHTEL, Jay R., 93, of Gilbert, AZ passed away October 27th in Gilbert, AZ. Mr. Buchtel, a WWII navy veteran was born in Middlebury, IN. Jay was an avid golfer, who also enjoyed travel, as well as hunting, and fishing. Jay was a past Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, Indiana. He was very active in Leisure World, Arizona Lions volunteering for White Cane and eye exams for children in schools. Jay never met a stranger, and always had a smile for everyone he met. Jay and Paula, his wife of 63 years, were the former owners of Buchtel and Sons Hardware Store, in Plymouth, IN, a business they ran together for 30 years. He is survived by his daughter, MaryKaye Buchtel (William Starkey); sons, Jay Robert Buchtel (Linda Buchtel) and Ronald William Buchtel (Jerri Buchtel); grandchildren, Kathy Bollman Dunham (Kevin Dunham), Brett Bollman (Tonya Bollman), Shelly Buchtel DeLee (Steve DeLee), Scott Buchtel (Stephanie Buchtel), Jason Buchtel (Jenifer Buchtel), and Justin Buchtel; 12 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Paula, and grandson, Randy Bollman. Contributions may be made in Jay’s memory to Premier Hospice of Arizona:  premierhospiceandhomehealth.com/foundation

 

 

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