Douglas Varnell Clay Sr., 82

Douglas Varnell Clay Sr., 82, of Lagro, died at 5:15 a.m., Sunday, June 12, 2022, at his home. 

He was born on March 7, 1940, in David, Ky., to Ollie James and Walenie (Castle) Clay.

Doug was a graduate of Oil Springs High School, in Oil Springs, Ky. He married Patsy LeMaster in Kentucky on Jan. 16, 1961. He retired from General Tire/GenCorp, in Wabash, in 1999, and also owned Clay's Bait and Archery for 5 years.

Doug was a member of the Lagro Sons of the American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed archery, and shot the World Archery Shoot in Snow Shoe Mountain, W.Va., several times.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Clay of Lagro; three children, Douglas Varnell (Monica) Clay, Jr. of Brownsburg, James Lee (Carol) Clay of Noblesville, and Gretta (Lonnie) Townsend of North Manchester; six grandchildren, Tammy (Stephen) Mirante of Fortville, Ashley (Gary) Gearlds of Avon, James Lee (Kelsey) Clay, Jr of Noblesville, Shannon Clay-Emmitt of Brownsburg, Kayla (Alex) VanDiepenbos of Lagro, and Denver (Amanda) Brown, Jr. of Laketon; 11 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Regina Clay LeMaster of Kentucky. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gary Clay, and sister, Janet VanHoose.

Visitation was Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is a fishing or hunting organization of the donor's choice.

The memorial guest book for Douglas may be signed at

Posted on 2022 Jun 22