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“I am so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. He was a good amn wonderful father and loving husband. His presence will be sorrowfully missed even though...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Margaret Cors McAbee - Mishawaka, IN

“So sorry for loss Toni and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Carolyn Kalin - Niles, MI

“I'm glad I got to meet Jay, although only briefly. I can say I was happy to see that my childhood friend, Toni, was married to such a nice man. So...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Amanda McCombs - friend

“Apart from being a brilliant person Jay was an unfailingly kind man. He will be missed greatly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Beckwith Theatre - Dowagiac, MI

“I will always remember the time Jay took for you and your girls. My heart goes out to you at this time. Jay always had a smile on his face and was...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Ruth Kittleson - Niles, MI

“Jay Mayberry was truely a "one of a kind Boss". I worked for Jay until he left I/N Tek. We spent 5 weeks in Japan, were we became friends. He was...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Ski of Whiting - whiting, IN

“Toni, so very sorry to hear of your loss, Jay sounded like an amazing man. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers to your family in this most...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Edie Hulett - Niles, MI

“Toni and family I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you. I never got to meet Jay, only knew him thru you but what a...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Bianchi - SOUTH BEND, IN

“No one will forget meeting Jay for his smile and warm personality made you feel immediately comfortable. He always seemed to be interested in how you...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Suzanne and Gary Beauchamp - MI

“My deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Teresa A Kendall - Mishawaka, IN

“A great personal loss. I feel privileged to have called Jay my friend for the last twenty years. Whenever we had a technical problem at the theater ,...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Pugh - Dowagiac Mi - Friend

“I remember Jay and Toni from Trinity Episcopal Church in Niles. I was a kid the last time I saw them but I always remember what nice people they were...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Neumann Rayner - LaGrange, IN

“With deepest sympathy our prayers are with your family Jeff and Carolyn Kalin ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff &Carolyn Kalin - Niles, MI

“I will never forget Jay's calm, friendly demeanor. I don't know if that man ever had an enemy. I remember coming to local theatre productions and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Beverly Ackles - Buchanan, MI

“I had the great fortune to work with Jay at the Beckwith Theater in Dowagiac. Jay was, in every sense of the phrase, a good man. He was a person...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Rich Frantz - Dowagiac, MI

“Being heavily involved in theater in my younger years, I had the honor of working with Jay many times as a growing-up teenager. Jay was one of the...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Tyler Hall - Kalamazoo, MI

“I never met Jay personally, but learned what a wonderful person and step-father he was through my co-worker, Amy Benson. I know from our...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Drenth Luster - Kalamazoo, MI


Jay Clair Mayberry entered his journey on earth Wednesday, July 21st 1943 at 8:05 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA to James and Josephine Mayberry. He lost his long battle with cancer on May 28, 2015 passing peacefully beside his best friend and wife, Toni and daughter, Amy. Deemed "one of the smartest people you will ever know" by colleagues and family, Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Electronic, and Power Engineering with minors in Control Theory and Mathematics from Kansas State University. In 1966, Jay began his engineering career at Inland Steel. During his tenure in East Chicago, Jay held various positions including Hot Strip Mill General Electrical Foreman, Hot Strip Mill Operating General Foreman and Process Automation Manager. He also served as Manager of Operations for the Continuous Cold Mill at I/N Tek in New Carlisle, IN. From 1998 until his illness, Jay served internationally as a senior staff engineer at IPACT located in Valparaiso, IN. His duties at IPACT included electrical/controls project lead, computer process modeling, level 1 PLC and high-speed VMIC system design, implementation and commissioning.
While Jay was very successful in his career, his true passion was for his family and friends. He loved spending time with his 10 grandchildren, reading to them and playing with trains. Jay also enjoyed photography and the theatre. He was involved with numerous theatre productions throughout the area. His attention to detail was seen in over 125 productions. He also loved spending time taking walks with his wife and dogs or curling up on the couch with his cat.
Jay is survived by his wife, Toni Mayberry; his daughters, Jenny Mayberry (Roy Valdez) of Hammond, IN; Julie Campbell (Jeffrey) of Crown Point, IN; Kristine Ostrom (Joshua) of Mishawaka, IN; Kayla Beauchamp (Robert) of Niles, MI; and Amy Benson (Michael) of Kalamazoo, MI; his sons, Nicholas Lyle (Kelly O'Gara) of Englewood, CO; and Scott Lyle of Dowagiac, MI; his sisters, Barbara Gasper (Richard) of Baltimore, MD; Janice Mayberry of St. Charles, MO; his brother, Charles Mayberry (Dani) of Harvard, IL; and his grandchildren, Blake, Liah, Alex, Hannah, Sarah, Ari, Payton, Rylee, Henrik and Benaiah.
Preceding him in death are his parents, James and Josephine Mayberry; his brother, David (Ann surviving); and granddaughter Maddie.
There will be a private service for family and a celebration of life in the future. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Harper Cancer Research Institute, 1234 N. Notre Dame Ave. Notre Dame, IN 46617 attention: Andrew Bullock.
Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, IN is handling arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.