Jay L. Dahl of Rexford, KS died on December 16, 2021 at the age of 78 at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, KS; he was surrounded by his family. He was born on May 22, 1943 in Goodland, KS to Jay R. and Donna Vette Dahl.\n\nHe lived on a farm west of Levant and attended school there until the 4th grade. Then the family moved to Colby where he continued his education until the end of his sophomore year of high school. He enlisted in the Navy and completed his high school education through Chicago Correspondence in 1972. He also took some college courses while aboard the ship.\n\nJay married Nancy Walker of Rexford on Aug. 20, 1961. They raised 3 children, Tina, Timothy and Linda.\n\nJay's first job was at age of 10, working for Sidey Sidsinger at Thomas County Grain for $5 a week during the summer and after school.\n\nJay was in the Navy for 21 years and was stationed in San Diego. He served on seven different ships all over the world and also served as the recruiting officer in southwest Kansas. He retired with the rank of Chief E 7. After returning to Kansas, he worked for several different farmers in the area. Then he drove the school bus for 4 years, had his own small engine repair shop for 7 years, and was a rural mail carrier for 27 years,\n\nIn his younger years, Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. Later, he enjoyed many senior activities such as the Red Barn Gang band, Chicken Foot dominoes, and Bingo. He had a life-long passion for reading. Jay had a life-time membership in the VFW, served on the board for Rexford Community Church, and later was a faithful member of College Drive Assembly of God Church in Colby, where he served as co-leader for the Senior Adults Learning Together group. \n\nJay asked Jesus, the Son of God, to be his Lord and Savior in 1991 and was baptized a few months later. Jay married Sondra Wark Barnett in 2013.\n\n Jay was a simple man who met all of life's challenges with determination and acceptance. He was a man of strong faith; a loving husband, father, and grandfather; and a trusted and loyal friend.\n\nJay was deeply patriotic, with strong opinions which he was quick to share. His wit and sense of humor were well known among his family and friends.\n\nIt was always clear that Jay was a magnet for children, and he cherished his relationships with them. On a mission trip with Sondra to Mexico, all the little ones flocked to him and competed for his attention. It was not unusual for a child to initiate a game of "peekaboo" with him, even during church services.\n\nJay was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents: Henry and Edith Vette and Jake and Marie Dahl: his first wife Nancy; two sisters: Linda Dahl and Vicki Barnett; 2 brothers-in law: Gary Barnett and John Cheney; and recently his step-son, Bryan Barnett.\n\nJay is survived by his wife Sondra, his children: Tina (Jon) Anderson, Goodland; Timothy Dahl, Rexford; and Linda (Bob) Dunn, Topeka; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; step-children: Todd (Mandy) Barnett, Azel, TX; Scott (Vicki) Barnett, Wichita; Cory (Tessy) Barnett, Liberal; Shalom (Jason) Schuldt, Pretty Prairie, KS; step daughter-in-law Carmen Barnett, El Paso; 23 step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.\n\nA celebration of Jay's life and his journey to be with his heavenly Father will be held on Friday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m. at College Drive Assembly of God Church in Colby, KS. Full military honors will be performed at the church.\n\nHis remains will be buried at the Rexford Cemetery beside Nancy.\nIn lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the College Drive Assembly of God or the Operation Finally Home.\n\nFuneral arrangements are being handled by Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory of Sublette. Condolences may be left at weeksfamilyfuneralhome.com. \nTo send flowers to the family of Jay Leroy Dahl, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.