John Ed Ley, 86, of Clay City and Bonita Springs, Fla., died at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1917, in Clay County. He was the son of John and Inez Kline, who have preceded him in death. Living in Clay City most of his life, he graduated from Clay City High School in 1935.
He was a heavy equipment operator and worked in local coal mines for 25 years. He then mined in the Highland, Ind., area for 20 years before retiring in 1979.
He was an Army Air Corp veteran in World War I, an avid fisherman, and loved gardening and sports.
On June 6, 1984, he married Lois Weaver in Crown Point, Ind.
He attended the First United Methodist Church in Clay City and the First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America, the Mid-West Operating Engineers, the American Legion Post 225, the Moose Lodge of Terre Haute and the Clay City Senior Citizens.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Gibbens Ley.
He is survived by his wife, Lois E. Ley; one stepson and his wife, Tim Weaver Edie, of Springfield, Ill.; two granddaughters, Amanda Weaver of Springfield, Ill., and Jennifer Weaver Tracy and her Husband Matt, of Bloomington; one daughter, Vicki Ley, of Muskegon, Mich.; one brother, Earl "Bud" Ley and his wife Cornelia, of Clay City; one sister, Nadine Brock and her husband Bob, of Crawfordsville, and several other extended family members.
Visitation will be today 4 to 8 p.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Rev. John Like will officiate and burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Graveside military services will be by the American Legion and VFW.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.