Bay, Sr. , Gene

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Cove Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the family.


Gene Bay, Sr. of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on September 7, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-nine years and twenty-four days. Gene was born in Moselle, MO, on August 13, 1940, son of Roy Bay, Sr. and Lulia Mae Bay nee Noakes. On July 28, 1962, he was united in marriage to Shirley Lorraine Minks nee Stickferd and he loved her sons as his own and one more son was born of this union.

Gene is survived by two sons, Gene Bay, Jr. and wife, Chrissy, of Robertsville, MO and Robert Minks of St. Clair, MO; by his daughter-in-law, Mary Minks Guittar of St. Clair; by three sisters, Delores McHenry, known to all as Dee Dee, of Kirksville, MO, Fern Vanderhorst of Sedalia, MO and Rosie Dachs and husband, Joe, of Fenton, MO; by two sisters-in-law, Beverly Bay of Richwoods, MO and Ruthie Bay of St. Clair; by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lulia Bay; by his wife, Lorraine Bay; by one son, Rodney Minks; by eleven brothers, Henry, sr., Roy Lee, Eddy, Elmer, Paul, Harvey, Lloyd, Louis, George, Vernie and Isaac Bay, and by four sisters, Edith Wolnak, Margie Maness, Thelma Bay and Helen Maness.

Gene was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith. He was a member and retiree of the Laborerís International Union of America, Local 110 of St. Louis, MO. He had been employed for various companies during his working years, including Alberici Construction Company in St. Louis. Gene was a family man at heart and nothing was more important then the time spent with his children and grandchildren. He loved sharing family photos with them and talking about his many siblings. Playing cards was another of his pastimes. Gene was a kind and caring man that will be missed by all who knew him.

A devoted and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Frankie Arnold officiating. Interment was in Cove Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the family.