Jay C. Byers

Jay Clarence Byers, 94, of Newburg, departed this life on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1926, in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, a son of the late John A. and Mary (Stitt) Byers.

Jay had several jobs over his lifetime. In his younger years, he started working at the former Penn Pants, where he met his future wife, Evelyn. Jay then worked at the former Valley Baking Co., Letterkenny Army Depot, New Cumberland Army Depot, and NSA Mechanicsburg, from there he retired.

Jay had also gone to school for refrigeration, television, and radio repair, and he owned and operated a small local repair business, as well as a Westinghouse appliance dealer.

Jay was known to be his family’s collector of miscellaneous spare parts and “Mr. Fix-It.” He was able to fix just about anything, and if Jay couldn’t fix it, then it was really broken.  Jay also took great pride in being able to help his sons with building their own homes.

He was a member of the Green Spring First Church of God, and served as a trustee for many years.

Sometime in the 1970s, Jay and Evelyn traveled to Israel to tour the Holy Land, which was a very powerful experience for the both of them.

Jay was also a charter member of the Newburg-Hopewell Volunteer Fire Co. No. 51.

In his free time, Jay liked to hunt deer, cut wood, and in the spring, trap groundhogs.

He enjoyed spending time in the mountain and being on his tractor any chance that he was able, and very much looked forward to spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three sons, John E. Byers and wife, Emma, of Newburg; Dennis J. Byers and wife, Linda, of Upper Strasburg; and Roger L. Byers and wife Elma of Newburg; five grandsons, John M., Andrew M., Benjamin, Jeremy J., and Roger Jr. Byers; one granddaughter, Jennifer Sue Byers; a stepgrandson, Jeremy R. Smith; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Singer) Byers, who died on July 27, 2012; daughter-in-law, Donna R. Byers; stepgrandson, Steven Smith; and two brothers, Albert and Merle Byers.

His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., Shippensburg. Pastor Philip E. Steele and his son, Pastor John E. Byers, will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Viewing will be one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Spring First Church of God. 1140 Greenspring Road, Newville, Pa. 17241.

Online condolences may be expressed at: www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com.

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