Feb. 25: Service for Lamar 'Hedy' Lay


A memorial service will be held in Woodside on Friday, Feb. 25, for Lamar "Hedy" Lay, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and Woodside, who died Feb. 11 in Portola Valley. He was 92.

The service will start at 2 p.m. in the Guild Hall at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Born and raised in St. Louis, he observed Charles Lindbergh making flights in "The Spirit of St. Louis," family members said.

He graduated from Purdue University and came to California in 1940. While working for Pan American Airways as a flight engineer, he met his future wife Ruth, a stewardess.

His career with Pan Am started with the days of the China Clipper taking off from San Francisco Bay. He flew numerous aircraft, spanning the development of propeller planes through the jet age and on to the 747, until he retired in 1982.

Despite a demanding travel schedule, he was a loving and devoted family man, his family says. His interests included vintage cars, airplanes, and jazz.

Survivors include daughter Linda Long of Truckee, son Brent Lay of San Jose, and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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