The Rev. Jasper "Jay" Charles Messina Jr., 62, of Terre Haute, passed away unexpectedly, at home on Nov.7, 2017. Jay was born in Chicago, on Sept. 22, 1955, the son of Jasper and Patricia Ann (Zogg) Messina.
Jay graduated from Bremen High School in Midlothian, Ill., in 1973. Following high school he enlisted into the United States Navy. Following his military service he enrolled in the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theology in 1981.
He worked as a prison guard with the Illinois Department of Corrections, where he earned the rank of sergeant. He retired in 2012 after 25 years of service.
Jay married Connie Maurey on April 25, 1987. They met while traveling to the Holy Land the year prior. Jay and Connie retired to her home town in Clay County in 2012. Prior to that they lived in Pontiac, Ill. Jay and Connie were members of the Good Tidings Tabernacle, where he served on the ministerial staff and as an elder in the church.
In his free time Jay enjoyed reading, fishing, traveling and his dog Benji.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Patricia Ann (Zogg) Messina; his stepmother, Edna Messina; and a stepbrother, George "Bruce" Roesner.
He is survived by his wife, Connie of Terre Haute; brother, Phillip Messina and wife Lori; two sisters, Susan Cash and husband Paul, and Mary Witt-Bruce and husband Rodney; stepbrothers, Thomas Roesner and wife Gloria, Ronald Roesner and wife Nancy; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be at Lawson - Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be at Good Tidings Tabernacle, 403 N. Hoosier St., Brazil, Ind., 47834, on Saturday, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Randall Rigney, and the Revs. Buddy Kline and Kenneth Maurey officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. To light a candle in his memory visit:
Published on November 7, 2017