Zoilo (Zel) G Cay, our loving husband and father, entered his eternal rest on May 4, 2023 at his home in Roseburg with family by his side. While he was a small man in stature, he was mighty both in presence and the faith he had in the Lord. Our father was born in Lobo, Batangas in the Philippines on Oct 28, 1929 and lived 93 wonderful years. As a young boy he was part of the guerilla rebellion at the start of the World War II, that conflict led him to love America and its ideals. Upon his arrival to the US in 1953 he strived to become a citizen and achieved that in 1964. He spent 21 years in the US Navy in service to this country that he loved.
Zel was a SCPO Storekeeper aboard both ships and submarines finally retiring in 1974. He loved attending St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was active in the choir, as a Reader and a Eucharistic Minister. He loved working with his hands both with wood and in the garden, walking and spending time on word puzzles. In 1958 he fell in love with Aurea Ester Maisonave. This year would have been 65 years of marriage.
He is survived by his loving wife, four children (Roszeline, Michael, Lily and Zelesther), eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. They will all miss his presence in their lives. On Friday, May 12 from 8 to 11 will be a viewing at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary. At 12:10 will be Mass and a burial at Roseburg National Cemetery with Honors will follow at 2pm sharp. The family welcomes his friends to attend. Arrangements in the care of Umpqua Valley Funeral Directors.
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