Charles "Chay" Donley, 89, passed away on July 30th, 2021 at his home in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Chay was born on March 9th, 1932 in Sharondale, Kentucky, the son of Landon K. and Elizabeth (Lethgo) Donley.
Chay proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps where he served during the Korean War from 1951-1954. Chay married the love of his life Ruby I. Murphy on July 28th, 1955 and together they raised six wonderful children. Chay worked for General Motors at the Lorsdtown plant for 30 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of the local UAW 1112.
Chay enjoyed many hobbies and interests: riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, bowling, traveling, reading, listening to country music and going to casino's. Chay's true source of happiness was spending quality time with his family.
Chay is survived by his loving children: Tamara "Tammy" (David) Densmore, Pamela Sue (Scott) Blum, Charles "Chuck" Landon (Penny Sue) Donley, Steven Mark Donley, Michael Edwin Donley and Sally Elizabeth ("Big Dave") McGregor; his sister, Betty Ruth Murphy and his grandchildren: David and Timothy Densmore, Sean Summers, Michelle Tawney, Carly McCarty, Shelby, Lacey, Zackary and Hope Donley, Dylan, Landon and Jacob McGregor; his fifteen great-grandchildren and four great, great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruby, his siblings Bobby and Faye and his grandson Daniel Densmore.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 4th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Czup Funeral Home, 1329 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula. Burial will be on Thursday, August 5th at 11:00 a.m. in Edgewood Cemetery.