He was born on Nov. 12, 1935, in Concordia to Bruce J. and M. Lucille (Majors) Scovell. During his teenage years, the family moved to Cherokee County, and he graduated from Riverton High School in 1953. He then attended Parsons Junior College, graduating in 1956.
Jay entered the U.S. Marine Corps in the fall of 1956 and became a helicopter pilot. After a brief time out of the service, he re-entered in 1961. He was discharged in 1964.
He was a self-employed trucker for 35 years. In 1975, he helped start CLASS Ltd. and was on the board until 1985, serving two terms as president. He coached baseball teams for both sons for nine years. He was Edna’s Boy Scout leader for 10 years, helping both sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a member of the former Faith Baptist Church in Edna.
On June 30, 1961, he married Linda Merwarth at Altamont United Methodist Church. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, April Arbuckle, of Edna; a son, Wesley Scovell of Coffeyville; two sisters, Shirley Lewis and her husband, Ralph, of Bath, Maine, and Ginger Murch and her husband, Bob, of Anderson, Mo.; a granddaughter, Angela Inlow and her husband, Dave, and their four children, Thomas, Samantha, Devon and Jesse, of Ochelata, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Scovell; a son, Scott Scovell; and two infant grandsons.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Columbus City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Edna Library and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.