Jay D. Kegley

June 13, 1959 ‒ September 13, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Jay D. Kegley, age 60, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 13, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was born on June 13, 1959 in Lima, Ohio the son of Jack and Judy (Dyer) Kegley.  Jay was the proud owner and operator of JKS Unlimited LLC a family business.

He was avid supporter of the National Rifle Association.  Jay enjoyed the outdoors, riding his Harley Davidson, taking care of his vegetable garden and vacationing on the beach, but most important to him was the quality time he spent with his children and grandchildren.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend that will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife Jill (Parnell) Kegley whom he married on October 15, 1983, his children, Whitney (Jake Moylan) Kegley of Milford, Ohio, Jarrod (Laura) Kegley of Newport, Kentucky and Jordan Bandy of Chillicothe, Ohio, three grandchildren, Liam Kegley, Vivian Kegley-Moylan and Felix Kegley-Moylan, his mother, two sisters, Jill (Fred) Morgan of Waverly and Jenni (Scott) Kohlhepp of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jay was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call on Friday September 27, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 4 p.m.  Mr. Roger Marra will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in Jay’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Jay D. Kegley.

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  • Really enjoyed getting to know Jay at the neighborhood fire pits when he and Jill would be visiting their daughter, Whitney in Cincinnati. He will be missed!

  • Most of my interactions with Jay was thru my employer Vanceoutdoors. His visits to our gun rooms always left us with a unique perspective on any topic, and his sense of humor never failed to uplift and entertain us. Oh then there was business. Your passing is sad Jay but I feel better today for having known you.

  • Jill and family,
    My deepest condolences! Jay will be missed. I’m so glad I got to spend some time with him at our 40th high school reunion! Jay always made me smile. I loved keeping in touch with him on FB! He certainly was living a life he loved! I know how much his family will miss him: so will all of his lifelong friends! God Bless! 🌹😘

  • Please accept my deepest sympathies and regret for the loss of JD. My memories of him will always be cherished as he lived a life full enough for 2 lifetimes. Our adventures were worthy of time in the penalty box as well as time in heaven. God rest his soul and his loved ones can know, if they become half the human being JD was, then they can be proud to be a part of the Kegley legacy .
    Joe and Maria

    • Here, here! I am proud and glad to count Jay as one of my dearest friends. I wiil take many fond, funny, profound and maybe not so profound memories to my grave. His family and friends’ lives have been better becuse we knew you.
      Wellll….after 30 long years I will never forget you my old friend. Matt

  • Jill I am so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

  • Yes, I agree with Becky. Jay sat with Mike Patterson and I and couple others at dinner, and it was good to catch up at the last reunion.

    I always liked Jay and his dry sense of humor that he had. We shared a lot of those at all of the renuions and golf outings that our special class has always had every five years.

    We shared a couple experiences in High School with Kerry B (RIP) that I’m sure he nor Kerry would ever forget.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • Jill and family. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. He was such a fun loving guy. We will not be in Ohio for his Celebration of Life, but know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love ya girl.
    Judy Hines

  • Jill, Whitey & Jarrod.
    Thank you so much for sharing your time over the last 15 years with Jay.
    There wasn’t a day that didn’t go by that we were not emailing or talking on the phone about business and family. He truly left a huge impact on those he came in contact with and feel lucky to have known him and all of the Kegley family so well. I truly look forward to working together and carrying on Jay’s legacy thru the JKS Group and Family.
    Thanks again for letting Jay have such a huge impact on my life!!!!
    Much Love
    Shamus Terry & Vortex Optics Family.

    • Jill, Whitney, Jarrod and Kegley family,

      Over the last 3-4 years I got to know Jay and man he was the jack of all trades. Jay , was one of the hardest working, straight as an arrow and right to the point guys during business. Outside of work, Jay loved to have a great time! Whether it was sporting events, hanging out with friends and family, concerts , or on a beach somewhere with a bourbon poured. I’ll tell you one thing, Jay was a king of food, drinks and fashion. He always found the best restaurants no matter what city we traveled and never let anyone down. Jay taught me many things over my time with him and I’m very lucky to have known him over the last few years. He will be deeply missed by myself, the Vortex family and our industry…. We will continue working hard for you Jay and make you proud. I know you’ll be looking down from a beach somewhere with a cigar, bourbon and little Jimmy Buffet playing.

      You betcha.
      Cheers Jay,
      Drew Haack and Vortex Optics Family.

  • I feel privileged to have known Jay, hadn’t seen him for 10 years until Sports Inc. show in indy a few weeks back and we picked up just like we had spoke the day before. Jay you will be missed brother.

  • So shocked an d sad to hear this. Many a fun evening playing basketball back in the alley at Kegley’s home. Jay was a fine man from a fine family. Rest in Peace, old friend.

  • I just reconnected with Jay after meeting at crossfit . My thoughts are with his family. Jay was a rock solid guy and will be missed.

  • Please accept our deepest condolences. Our hearts aches at your loss. Although we’ve known Jay such a short while, what we knew of Jay was his generous heart. He loved deeply and he will be missed. Love and prayer to you all.

  • Jay,
    I can’t count the times I have shaken my head smiling and laughing out loud thinking about the things you got us all into growing up. I must confess it wasn’t always your fault! We went our separate ways after college but you were never or will be forgotten. You are a one of a kind special person and I am proud to call you my friend. J Nob

  • To the whole Kegley family;
    I worked with Jay on a daily basis via my Customer Support position
    here at Vortex. Although we only met in person once, I always considered Him a friend.
    A true gentlemen, and highly respected by myself, and anyone else he worked with.
    Rest in peace Jay, you’ll be missed always.

    Larry Wipperfurth and your friends at Vortex

  • Mrs. Kegley, Jill & Jenni,
    Please know that you have my sympathy for this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • I first meet Jay in cub scouts – vaguely remember someone pestering me – I was the shy quiet type – Jay not so. Then there was the Kegley farm: A-frame cabin, bailing hay, motor cycles, rumpus/rambunctious parties – all good times. High school football & a senior trip to Florida in Jay’s 60’s Impala (Ernie took one for the team during that trip) – “Hair of the Dog” blasting on beach. Then occasional get togethers through the years – the last one a couple years ago when Jay & Jill stopped by here in Colorado Springs on their bike. Peace out old friend – expect you to be holding the door for me when I get there.

  • Jill, I am so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children. Hang in there my friend, you are tougher than you think. All my love, Jo Hudson

  • Jill, Whitney, Jarrod and family,
    Jay was the best! I will miss him dearly. My heart is with you all! 💔💔💔💔