Warren J. "Jay" Herring, 54, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, June 12, 2020, in Marion, Indiana. Jay was born in Marion, on July 29, 1965, to Charles and Marilyn Joan (Hadley) Herring. He graduated from Marion High School, class of 1985. Jay previously worked for Hartson-Kennedy Cabinet Top Co., Inc. He married the love of his life Lydia J. "Juanita" (Medina) Herring on March 18, 2010, in Marion. They enjoyed 25 years together, raising a family and enjoying life. Jay was with the Grant County Emergency Management Agency team for 17 years.
Jay looked forward to and truly enjoyed spending time with his family, he was a true family man. He loved to go camping, attend concerts, and serve his community any way he possibly could. He was a fun, goofy, loving, humorous, stubborn man, with the best personality. It didn't matter the situation, Jay would always be joking around, he tried to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease. His favorite pastime was listening to music and his favorite genre was hard rock. Jay's favorite saying was "Rock On" while doing the "Rock On" hand gesture. He was truly a special man, loved by all, gone too soon, and he will be greatly missed.
Jay’s family received these kind words in honor of Jay from Robert W. Jackson Director of Grant County EMA/DHS and would like to share them. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Lt. Jay Herring, of the Grant County Emergency Management Agency. Jay had been a dedicated servant helping to protect the citizens of Grant County for many years and he will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends as well as his fellow EMA Field Support Officers.
Lt. Herring touched many lives during the countless hours he spent working with other emergency response personnel at the scenes of fires, floods, vehicle accidents, and community events. Jay took the job of protecting the public seriously and performed his duties well no matter what the weather conditions might have been or what time of day he was needed. Jay would respond and stand his post for a long as he was needed.
I didn’t get an opportunity to know Jay as well as I would have liked, but Jay was the type of person that you didn’t have to be around for very long to know he was genuine and someone that you would want to be your friend. Jay was quick to offer to lend a hand if you needed something done. Even when he wasn’t feeling well, he was still offering to help where he could.
On behalf of the Grant County Emergency Management Agency Field Support Officers and staff, may you rest in peace Lt. Jay Herring; your duties are completed, job well done.”
Jay is survived by his wife, Lydia J. "Juanita" Herring, Marion; children, Staci Trosper, Marion; Elizabeth (Matthew) Young-Robbins, Marion; Richard Medina, Marion; Jacob Phelps, Muncie, Jamie (Tim) LeMaster, Marion; and Annalise (Elliott) Niswander, Huntington; siblings, Allencia Vermilion, Marion; Chad (Kirsten) Herring, Germany; and Lenda Herring, Marion; grandchildren, Logan, Ella, Hector, Timmy, Acelenn, Kalob, Elijah, and Oliver; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marilyn Joan (Hadley) Herring, and a son, Hector Cedillo.
Arrangements for Jay have been entrusted to College Park Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4601 S. Western Avenue, Marion, Indiana 46953, where a visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. and the funeral service being held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Mark Bardsley officiating. Burial immediately following at Estates of Serenity, Marion.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Jay to the funeral home to help the family defray his funeral costs.
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