Weatherford Democrat

June 5, 2013

Loyle H. Gay


Weatherford Democrat

— FORT WORTH – Loyle H. Gay, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, died May 21, 2013.

Service is 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

 He is now home with his Lord and Savior.

Loyle was born May 10, 1918, in Amboy Township, Mich., the youngest of three children born to Howard and Wava Hilton Gay. He proudly served in the U.S. Army on the Al-Can Highway and in World War II in the Philippines, retiring as a lieutenant colonel while in training to be a general. He worked as a civil engineer for the United States Federal Highway Administration after his military career, which led him to Spain to work on their road systems.

Loyle met and married his beloved wife, Maria “Pat” de la Paz, in the Philippine Islands. He had to have congressional permission to bring her to the United States. They were married 66 years before she succumbed to an abdominal aortic aneurysm on Oct. 16, 2012. Together, they were very involved in the church. She made the nativity set for St. Bartholomew Catholic Church while he helped start St. Vincent de Paul to help the needy.

Both were very generous with their time and resources. He worked on the buses for St. Andrew Catholic School while she was a member of the Altar Society and volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital. She even donated clothes to the Spanish gypsies and they donated to orphanages, convents, monasteries, and organizations to help the less fortunate in both Spain and the United States.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Ann Brown (Bob); beloved granddaughter, Mandy; nephews, Vic Myers (Janyce) and Dennis Bothamley (Jeri); nieces, Janet Wright, Judy Adams (Ben)and Vicki Myers; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Vic Myers, Audra “Peg” and Dick Bothamley; and a nephew, John Wright.

Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory