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Jayantilal "Jay" Punjabhai Patel

May 17, 1946 — June 11, 2021

On Friday, June 11, 2021, Jayantilal “Jay” Punjabhai Patel, 75, of Kettering, OH, died near his home in the company of his family. He was born in Jodhpur, Gujarat State, India, the son of Punjabhai Ishwarbhai Patel and Laxmiben Punjabhai Patel, who preceded him in death.

Jay grew up on his father’s farm where his love of gardening and farming began. After finishing his early education in India, he came to the United States in 1968 to pursue degrees in Electrical Engineering, earning an Associate of Science (1970), Bachelor of Science (1972), and Master of Science (1976). While studying for his Masters, he returned to India to marry his wife, Surya J. Patel.

Jay was a dedicated and gifted civil servant to the United States Air Force for 36 years, serving as senior avionics software engineer where he supported numerous advanced aircraft platforms. He was a member of the Hindu Temple of Dayton’s congregation. He regularly volunteered at the Kettering Senior Center, the Dayton International Festival, and the India Club of Greater Dayton.

Jay was an extremely cheerful, outgoing, and friendly person, considerate and compassionate, investing himself to make everyone feel special, important, and cared for. He enjoyed spending time with his family and spent many weekends with children and grandchildren.

Jay is survived by his dearest wife Surya J. Patel of Kettering, OH; his sons, Vipul J. Patel (Jennifer) of Dayton, OH and Rasesh J. Patel (Sara) of Troy, OH; daughter Disha J. Patel; five grandchildren, Anjali & Sonia Patel, and Rani, Kira, & Myles Patel; and caring family and friends. The family will be observing a private ceremony, and it is with love that the family asks that fond memories and condolences be shared at www.routsong.com.

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