Gerald “Jerry” L. Clay, age 75 of Ada, passed away suddenly Monday, February 4, 2013 after a brief illness. He is survived by his, wife, Toni; son, Michael (Lisa) Clay, and their children Alexander (Brittany and their son Parker), Mitchell and Veronica Clay; daughter LeeAnn Clay and her daughter, Claire Ryan; son Patrick (Michelle) Clay and their sons, Andrew, Bryce, Jackson and Rowan Clay; sister, Carmen (Ken) Brandt; brother, Michael (Conny) Clay; sisters-laws, Joy Clay, Bonnie Willis; also many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Helen Clay; sister, Donna Doornbos; and brother, John Clay. Jerry graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1956. Following graduation he served in the US Army where he met some of his closest friends. Jerry was hired at Miller Welding Supply in 1961 and worked in the warehouse. His hard work, vision and love of the welding industry culminated into a 42 year career at MWS where he retired as owner and CEO in 2003. But retirement didn’t keep him away from the business. His “new” job title was executive chef/delivery driver for Miller Welding. If he was not Up North, he was cooking for his employees in the on-site kitchen he designed, or delivering truckloads of welding products to customers. However, Wednesday afternoons were reserved for cards with the “Poker Group” at Founders Brewing Company. He served on Advisory Boards of Hobart Brothers and The Lincoln Electric Company. He was a member of The American Welding Society and Masonic Doric Lodge #342 . He was also on the Class of ’56 High School Reunion Committee. In the words of many, “Jerry was the finest example of a husband, father, grandfather, friend, cook and entrepreneur. We are all thankful and fortunate to have had Jerry in our lives. He will be greatly missed by many.” A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Rd. S.E. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding SE, Ada, MI 49301. Please visit www.gerstfuneralhomes.com to share memories, send condolences or sign the guestbook.