Jay Edward McPhail was born the youngest of five to Robert H and Sidney Rene Merritt McPhail on May 2, 1949, in Forsyth, Montana. Jay passed away in his sleep very peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 9, 2019. Jay lived his whole life in Hysham and never regretted a minute of it. A friend to all, he never knew a stranger. He was so proud of helping to get the ambulance service started in Hysham, and was an EMT for 31 years also serving as a volunteer fireman in his spare time. His fulltime job was as a state of Montana highway department maintenance worker. He loved his job and always preached “wear a seatbelt” and “watch out for snowplows.”
He leaves behind his best friend and hunting partner David Bodi of Hysham and all his “stranger” friends. We will miss his loud voice at ballgames and his sideline refereeing. He has left us with an unforgettable memory if we reach inside to find it. Special thanks to Tim and Becky Zent for all the time and help given at the end of life.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Roberta. He is survived by his wife Sharolyn, son Benjamin, step-daughter Timi Jo Baldwin all of Seattle, Washington. Siblings Eunice (Virgil) Achtenberg, Colin (Judith) McPhail, Randy(Barb)McPhail, numerous nieces and nephews, and all his friends. He will be missed.
Graveside services will be at the Hysham cemetery on November 16, 2019, at 11; 00 a.m., with a celebration of life at the Community Center in Hysham following from 12-4. Please send condolences to the family at Stevenson and Sons Forsyth. Memorials can be made to Treasure County Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service of Hysham or charity of choice.