Jay Thoms, 76 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 10:26 AM January 20, 2019 at Sugar Creek Normal, IL.


A time to celebrate Jay’s life will be 11 AM, Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the funeral home. 


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA.


Jay was born February 22, 1942 in Wapella, IL the son of Jesse and Aretta (Nelson) Thoms.


Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Ijams) Thoms, Clinton, IL; Children, Randy Thoms of Clinton; Rodney (Lisa) Thoms of Chicago, Il.; One grandchild, Viola Thoms of Chicago, Il. and One Sister, Sara Lee Stewart of Loysville, PA.


Jay was preceded in death by his Siblings, Joan Lewis, Ray Thoms and Ida Gentry.


Jay retired in 1997 from RR Donnelley (formerly Wallace Computer Services) where he was Corporate Transportation Manager.


Jay served on the boards of the Clinton YMCA, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, and the Clinton Country Club, taking a turn as president at both the YMCA and the Chamber. He also served on the city Police and Fire Commission and volunteered for the United Way. A lifelong fitness and recreation enthusiast, he enjoyed running, biking, basketball, golf, fishing, hunting, boating and camping. He coached, co-founded and participated in local sports programs and events for all ages.

The family would like to thank Sugar Creek for their care and kindness.


Jay enjoyed his retirement years traveling with Barb in their RV. Above all, Jay was a family man and a good provider. He touched the lives of many and will be missed.

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