Nikiski resident Kelly S. McLay died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Nikiski. He was 40.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Kenai. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Pastor Virgil Redmond will officiate.
Graveside services will follow at Kenai City Cemetery. A fellowship and potluck will be at Calvary Baptist Church following the burial.
Mr. McLay was born July 30,1963, in Nyssa, Ore., to Gerald (Jerry) and Barbara McLay. His family moved to Kenai in 1968. He attended North Kenai Elementary School, Nikiski Christian School and Kenai Peninsula College where he got his petroleum technology certification. Mr. McLay was a member of the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski where he was baptized.
Mr. McLay had 20 years of experience in the oil field and worked with a wide variety of equipment and machinery, due to working on construction contracts.
He was mechanically inclined and had a wide range of expertise that included certified welding, pipe fitting, painting, longshoring and heavy equipment operating, including articulating loaders, sky trak, forklifts, Cat, backhoe, scraper and dump truck (belly and tail), and most recently, cranes.
He worked for many construction companies in Alaska following available work in the oil patch. They included VECO, Peak Oilfield, Doyon Drilling, Kimco, Epperheimer Painting, Arctic Pipe Inspection, Construction Services Inc. and Off Shore Systems Inc. He was most recently employed with Toloff Crane Service, where he had worked off and on for many years.
He was an avid fisher and loved snowmachining and attending the Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic at Summit Lake each year.
"He had heart of gold and willingness to help others," his friends said.
Mr. McLay was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elwin and Alta Loney, and George and Helen McLay.
He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Barbara McLay of Midvale, Idaho; brother and his wife, Christopher and Brenda McLay; and nephew and niece, Andrew and Alena McLay of Kenai.
Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice in memory of Kelly McLay, care of Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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