Jay Dee Singleton, 84


By Tribune - Posted on 26 April 2012

  Jay Dee Singleton, age 84, of Miles City passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at his home in Miles City with his family by his side.

Jay Dee was born on August 27th, 1927 to Thomas Dee and Vera “Merle” (Emmert) Singleton at the Hospital in Miles City. Jay Dee attended first grade through eighth grade at the Tree Coulee elementary school. He roomed with his aunt and uncle during high school, graduating in 1945. He was active in FFA. Following graduation he returned to the family ranch. He became clerk of the local school board, and met a young teacher, Mary Margaret Whiteside, who became the love of his life and lifelong partner. Jay Dee and Mary Margaret were married May 28th, 1950, for nearly 62 wonderful years. Jay Dee and Mary raised six children: Douglas, Barbara, Jerry, Larry, Carla and David.  He worked hard to build a ranch and was dedicated to both his ranch and his family. He started breeding Simmental Cattle in 1970.  
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. 
Jay Dee is survived by his wife Mary Margaret; his six children: Douglas and Judy Singleton, Barbara & Jerry Smalis, Jerry and Joni Singleton, Larry and Deb Singleton, Carla and Maury Murnion and David and Denise Singleton; 11 grandchildren: Tom Singleton, Jenny & Turk Stovall, Desiree and Vaughn Hoffer, Jesse Smalis, Derick & Shaylee Singleton, T.J. & Awna Irish, Douglas & Tori Murnion, Troy, Marissa and Shauna Singleton as well as three great grandchildren. Jay Dee was preceded in death by his parents Dee & Merle Singleton and a baby sister. 
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Miles City.  Interment will follow in the family lot of Custer County Cemetery.  Condolences may be made to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.  
     Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Hospice, or the charity of one’s choice. 

Published April 25, 2012

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