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Dains, Jay November 13, 1929 - October 26, 2023

Date of Funeral

October 31, 2023


Monday, October 30, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Sheldon Funeral Chapel, El Dorado Springs


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

10:00 AM

Sheldon Funeral Chapel, El Dorado Springs

Graveside Service

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

1:00 PM

Osceola, Cemetery

Jay Dee Dains was born on November 13, 1929 to Seth B. and Irene (Loftin) Dains in Saint Clair County, MO and passed away on October 26, 2023 at the Appleton City Manor.  He was called “Red” by his family and early childhood friends.  Jay attended rural St. Clair County Schools, Roscoe High School and graduated from Rockville High School in 1947.  He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for two years and then joined the United States Army in 1951.  He went to Officer’s Candidate School in July of that year and after graduation soon went to Korea.  He had radio communications from a mountaintop during his time in Korea.  He also worked with communications at the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement that ended the war in July of 1953.  After leaving Korea, he remained in the Army Reserves with the rank of Lt. Col.  When he returned to Missouri, he completed his college education and worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service.

On September 9, 1956 Jay married his college sweetheart, Mary Kathleen (Kathy) Hester, in Glasgow, Il.  They had two sons, Everett Michael and Stephen Bert.

After spending a few years as Soil Conservationist in Fulton and Shelbyville, MO, Jay spent most of his working years in Columbia, MO as an economist in the SCS state office.  After his retirement from there he worked a few more years in Columbia as a building contractor.  When his wife retired in September 1991, they moved back to St. Clair County.

Jay was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He and Kathy loved to travel and spent several years in Florida during the winter and Alaska during the summer months RVing all over the United States, Canada and Mexico.  He was a member of the Christian Church in El Dorado Springs, MO where he was an Elder Emeritus.  He was also a 60+ year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Jay is survived by his wife Mary Kathleen Dains, of the home, sons Everett Michael Dains and wife Linda of Columbia, MO and Stephen B. Dains and wife Kathy of Pleasant Hill, MO, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.



  1. REPLY
    Paul Noble says

    Our deepest condolences for your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    -NWS Outdoor Equipment & Noble Machine & Manufacturing Family

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