Henry Londal Lay, nickname affectionately called "Hank" angels of God took flight, and he entered into Heaven with God, and loved ones that have gone before on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.
He was 52 years of age and passed away from a short illness that he bravely fought.
Henry was born in Atchison, Kan., to Marian L. (Hyman) Lay-Morgan, and Orlo Henry "Bud" Allen. He attended Leavenworth Public School System, and graduated Class of 1977 from Leavenworth High School. After high school he proudly served the United States Army, as a 12-B-10 Combat Engineer, receiving the Firefox training certificate. He was employed from over 20 years at Fort Leavenworth, at the Officer's Club in various roles, including cook, supply, maintenance and supervisory. He then worked at the former Hoge Barracks, now called Intercontinental Hotel Group Army Hotel as the Supply Clerk. He took great pride in his work and went the extra mile for the employees, and customers. He was a CDL licensed driver. He was rewarded with the Fort Leavenworth Garrison employee of the Month, as well as numerous employee and customer service awards. He worked formerly in Denver Colorado, California, and Kansas City, Mo.,
He loved God, the Lord Jesus Christ, where he was baptized at a young age by the Former Rev. Robert L. Strange at Independent Baptist Church. He attended several churches during the years and loved when someone prayed with him, or to hear the Word of God, or an uplifting song. He lived by example.
He was a loyal Raiders Fan in Chief's territory. He loved California, and especially the beach of San Diego and the entire California coast. His dream was to live in California. He loved all types of music, including Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Tears for Fears and other artists. He was a body builder, and enjoyed exercising, and physical fitness. He would enjoy a good game of pool, or watching and playing any type of sport. He loved to cook and enjoyed a good meal. He love laughter and had the greatest since of humor. He loved sports and could recall sports history spanning decades. He loved movies and had a collection of Star Wars. He enjoyed movies and the flying in "Top Gun." His favorite breakfast was bacon and eggs, a meal that was on the tray the day he was born. His mother told him, "You like bacon and eggs so much because it was sitting on a tray and you couldn't eat it, the day you were born." He was loved by many and didn't meet a stranger. He did not see color and loved each person equally. He would do whatever he could for others. Most of all he was a humble man, who helped many. Heaven just received God's example of a good man!
Henry is survived by two children, Shanna Hiebert (Don) and Raylene Williams (Nick); his nine grandchildren, Kasper, Korbin, Zavian, Reagan, Riley, Dominic Londal, Savannah, Addison, Avery; his three maternal siblings, Karen R. Griffin (Thomas) (KS), Michael L. Lay (Brenda) (KS), Lisa M. Lay PhD (KS); paternal siblings, Carl H. Tucker (NE), Larry Allen (Chris) (MO), Leona (Sister) Allen, (KS), Orlando (Chab) Allen, (KS). Maternal aunt, Charlotte Morgan (IL), Paternal Aunt's Katherine Ross, and Graceline Cluke (KS); a special Aunt, Naomi Hutchison (John) (KS) ; special cousins, Vanessa May (CA), and Connie Robinson (NE), Michael (Mick) Dukes (MI); his co-workers and friends Janice and Denise; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He sacrificed much and most important was family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marian Morgan and Orlo Allen, His maternal grandparents Clara (May) Hyman, and Charles Hyman, his paternal grandparents, Kirby Rogers Sr. and Evelyn Rogers and Daisy Allen. His Aunts, Jean Hasten, Betty (Fernandez) Nelson, Uncles Robert “Hawk” Hyman, Charles M. Hyman, and Millard Allen Sr. and Warren Ross.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Donations can be made to American Cancer Research for Male Breast Cancer Research in Henry's name. Flowers, monetary gifts can be made in care of Leintz Funeral Home.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you for all your acts of love and kindness. Henry loved life, and loved each of you! We celebrate his homecoming and his life!