Graveside services for Jay Hood, age 59, of Spencer, Nebraska will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017, at National Cemetery in Spencer. Reverend Grant H. Graff will officiate.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer. is in charge of arrangements
Jay died Friday, May 26, 2017, at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.
Audie “Jay” Hood, son of John Hood and Rita (Hambek) Hood Goeken, was born July 1, 1957, at O’Neill, Nebraska. He attended Milford Public School in Milford, Nebraska. In June 1980, Jay married Lori Black in Spencer, Nebraska. They were blessed with twin daughters, Jordon and Whitney.
Jay lived in Oregon as a child, was a young adult in Milford, Nebraska, and then lived the remainder of his life in the O’Neill and Spencer, Nebraska area. He was employed as an over the road truck driver.
Jay was a devoted son. Always thinking of Mom and checked in with her by phone many times a day. He loved his sister “Lib” dearly and his nieces and nephews were priceless to him. He and “brother Lon” shared a common interest in vintage cars and pulled many a prank on Mom, including letting pigs out so they could miss school. Jay loved his 1972 Plymouth Fury. He also loved classic country and old time rock and roll. Jay loved whatever truck he was driving and kept them spotless. Family was everything to him.
Jay was a quiet man and did not like crowds. If you were his friend, you could always count on him. He was a believer and prayed often for his daughters. He loved them dearly and his apartment walls were lined with baby to adult pictures of them.
Sitting at his kitchen table drinking coffee with his music playing was a daily ritual when he was off the road. When Mom drove in, Jay met her with a bottle of Windex and paper towels. That windshield had to shine! Oh for the countless deeds he did. Oh how blessed we have been.
Jay is survived by his mother, Rita Goeken of Spencer, Nebraska; brother, Lonnie (Ursula) Hood of O’Neill, Nebraska; sister, Libia (Gene) Morrill of Royal, Nebraska; daughters, Jordon and Whitney; six grandchildren; step-grandmother, Pauline Goeken; step-sisters, Susan and Cynthia; step-brother, John; aunt, Betty (Cecil) Mashino of Spencer, Nebraska; uncle, Jim Goeken of Lenora, Kansas; one nephew, Ian; four nieces, Shayla, Shantel, Rita, and Destyni; and one great-nephew, Oliver.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Hood; step-father, Max Goeken; grandparents, Bill and Libia Hambeck, James and Onie Hood, and Max Geoken, Sr.