Mike Shay passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016. Born to Andy Richard and Eva Lena (McMahan) Shay of rural Edgerton, Kansas August 26, 1926, he was united in marriage to Janice Enola Leah Baily on October 18, 1950 at Edgerton Catholic Church. They established a farm in rural Paola, Kansas where he continued his passion for farming and livestock while serving on many agricultural boards throughout his 70 year career.
Mike valued faith and family above all. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Gardner, KS. He centered his life around his loving wife and eight children: Rick and Susie Shay; Ron and Joan Shay; Mary and Dave Green; Tom Shay, Paola, KS; Janie Montgomery and John Pollock, Rantoul, KS; Jo and Don Sherwood, Pleasant Hill, MO; Lisa and Jon Wilson, Osawatomie, KS; and Michelle and Bart Enyart, Olathe, KS, 28 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed gardening. He was known for raising watermelon that he sold and donated to Ursuline Academy, Holy Trinity School, Sacred Heart School, Paola football teams, Wellsville School and football team, and the KU soccer team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Retus Shay, JC Shay, and Don Shay, sister, Mary Ellen Shay Calvin, and grandson, Jason Grandon.
Rosary prayed at 4:30 p.m. and visitation at 5 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Penwell – Gabel Paola Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the Divine Mercy Parish Catholic Church 555 W. Main St. Gardner, KS. Burial in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Paola, KS.
The family suggests contributions be made to Holy Trinity Catholic School, Paola, Kansas or to the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Gardner, Kansas.
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Arr: Penwell – Gabel Paola Chapel 305 N. Pearl St. Paola, KS 913-294-2372