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Dwight N. “Bud” Bay, 77, of Delaware, passed away Friday evening (June 10, 2011) after having suffered several years of poor health.

He was born and raised in Columbus. As a young man, he left to serve in the U.S. Navy and sailed worldwide, including a visit to Antarctica on the U.S.S. Glacier with Admiral Richard Byrd in the mid-1950s. He returned home to Columbus to raise his family but lived most of his adult life in Delaware County. After training behind the meat counter at the Linden Market in Columbus, Bud owned Bay’s Cardinal Market in Ashley. He also sold wholesale food for the Sysco Co., and retired several years ago as the successful proprietor of the Final Score Sports Pub in Delaware. He was also a 50-year member of the Linden Masonic Lodge. Bud loved hunting, fishing, bird dogs and any other outdoor activity. He was equally at home in any casino, including many casinos in Las Vegas, Nev. His special passion was for standardbred horses and he owned many over the years. He was especially proud of “Doc’s Yankee,” who raced in the premier pacing event at the Little Brown Jug this past September. He was also very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Bud was a kind and generous soul with a wry sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Shirley; a son, Michael (Tami) Bay of Delaware; a daughter, Kathy (Bill) Ash of Delaware; grandchildren, Emily, Will, Spencer, Molly and Amber; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Eugene (Charlotte) Bay; a sister, Dr. Janet Bay, who will miss him greatly; he will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight Sr. and Leona (Lowthery) Bay, and his beloved youngest son, Scott.

Per Bud’s request, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at All Shepherd’s Lutheran Church, 6580 U.S. 23, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (flowers will be accepted at the church Monday and Tuesday BEFORE noon only).

In Bud’s memory, contributions may be made to the Grady Memorial Hospital through the Ohio Health Foundation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware. To share a memory of Bud or to offer condolences to the family, please visit rodmanneeper.com

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