Dr. Jay L. Funkhouser spent his life living and working in the town of New Brighton, where he was born on May 20, 1937 and raised by his parents, Glenn and Zelda Funkhouser (née Wehman), in the house where his son now lives. He served the people of the community he loved for 57 years from his small office on Fifth Avenue, where he often became the family doctor for multiple generations of patients from their birth through death. “Doc,” as those that knew him around town referred to him, gave countless sport physicals to New Brighton students and was never happier than being on the sidelines for all home football games as the team doctor. Jay was extremely smart (completing his medical degree in seven years as opposed to the normal eight), but never pompous. He was gregarious, generous, and devoted, and always had a cold beer in his hand. Doc would answer calls at all times of day and night from people in need of his care and never turned anyone who needed help away. Jay always wanted to be a doctor, and he worked his way through the University of Pittsburgh for both his chemistry degree and medical school, commuting the 35 miles from New Brighton to Oakland, often hitchhiking back and forth. Jay spent several years in the Navy as a medical doctor (entering as a lieutenant and leaving as a lieutenant commander), and even while he was stationed in Pittsburgh, would open his New Brighton office in the evening hours to see patients. Jay was extremely active in the medical community, serving as president of both the medical staff and medical society at the hospital. He was elected as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association and elected as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, serving each organization proudly for a number of years. Jay was also honored as Family Practice Physician of the Year in 1982. Jay never retired, even after a near death experience a few years ago, because he loved being a doctor, gaining immense joy and a sense of purpose caring for the people of his community.
Jay spent his last day peacefully resting in a familiar setting at the Medical Center (because that is what he continued to call it after its name changed) surrounded not only by his wife, son, and daughters, but also the men and women he knew from making rounds and caring for people for over 55 years. On July 16, 2019, Jay passed at 5:13 a.m., which is the time of day he would normally arrive at the hospital to whistle down the halls as he made his rounds.
Doctor Jay L. Funkhouser will forever be remembered and loved by Carole, the wife he adored, and his children Liza (David) Brady, Lorraine (Christopher) Olsen, and Jay Funkhouser II, as well as Debra Funkhouser, Kristen Funkhouser, and Erik (Vivian) Funkhouser. Jay will also be loved forever by his grandchildren, Jay, Maggie, Leigha, Charlie, Henry, Catherine, John, Elizabeth, William, as well as Benjamin, Melody, and Caelan, and his brother, Dale, and his sister, Ruth Ann (Robert) Brandt. Jay will also be remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.
Family and friends will be welcomed at Gabauer Funeral Home, 1133 Penn Avenue, New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Everyone is asked to meet at the church where a Requiem Mass will be celebrated in memory of Jay on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m., at Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish, 521 Seventh Avenue, New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Father Tom Kredel will be officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beaver Falls.
Memorial donations in memory of Doctor Jay may be made to the New Brighton Boosters and sent to the New Brighton Area High School in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.
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am very sorry for your loss. I have been a patient for 15 years. I will miss Dr. Funkhouser greatly, always humming and singing and when I saw him. I will never find another doctor that I will be so fond of. The world has lost a truly wonderful, kind and caring human. As Dr. Funkhouser always told me “keep on smiling” Blessings to you all forever!
My deepest sympathy to the Funkhouser family. I will always be grateful for the wonderful care he gave to each and every member of my family (especially to my grandmother, Anna Lotz, and my mother, Catherine Eisler). He was always there to help us through difficult times. His kindness and patience will never be forgotten. And, he delivered my nephew over 35 years ago (Eddie Schinke). He truly was a doctor we all could count on. With love and remembrance, Becky Eisler Byers and family
Jay, so sorry for your loss. We as praying for your family. Love, Mary Jane and family
To the dear Funkhouser family, My heart breaks for you. My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Funkhouser for over thirty years and he has seen us through many a crisis; it is nearly impossible to imagine our lives, our health without his council, his tender approach, his keen eye for diagnosis, his clever humor, and his immense knowledge. If Dr. Funkhouser said do this, we did just that, and it was wonderful to have the greatest confidence in his directives and advise. We loved his office, the old timey Bo Peep silhouettes on the wall above the infant scale and his supportive staff; they were always loving and certainly a reflection of the standards he wished to convey to the people who visited him. We will miss them, too. What a rare, sweet and loving gem of a man. He spoke often of his accomplished children, his grandchildren and their annual summer trips to the shore. He adored his wife, and each year would describe her numerous Christmas trees that she installed throughout their home. I think he got a real kick out of life. He loved his family, his hometown and loved doctoring. His humanity touched how many of us? I know it made me a better person. As he aged and we aged, Dr. Funkhouser was always a steady, pleasant breeze in what sometimes were turbulent storms for my husband and me. He guided us through every cancer, every freaky test, every scary road yet to travel with the calm and assurance only some caregivers can deliver. In my eyes Dr. Funkhouser was a giant. My husband and I will miss him so much and we send our deepest condolences to everyone who must now face a life without him. God speed, Doc.
My condolences go out to this amazing family. I truly learned a lot around Dr. Funkhouser the little time I spent around him. He was a hard working, kind, and selfless man. God rest his soul, he was a gift to many.
Such a wonderful doctor and a great encourager when I wasn't feeling well or was down...he left me with a , HANG IN THERE JOHNNIE." Thank you for being my doctor of health and integrity for 23 years . May you rest and bask in the eternal light of God's Love forever. Thanks to the wonferful staff. Also .I LOVE YOU ALL. Godbless.
Dr. Funkhouser was my doctor for around 35 years, and my husband's family doctor for many years. He was a great diagnostician and could read people very well, to know how they would react to the situation. We didn't have to wait for months to see an actual doctor! We will truly miss him and he will be difficult to replace. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and family, along with his staff. May God bless you all and bring you strength and comfort, now and in the days to come.
Dear Carole and family.
I have no words that can express how I feel. My heart is broken. I love all of you !Jay and you will always be in my heart!
DOCTOR FUNKHOUSER WE WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH YOU SURELY WAS A GOOD FAMILY DOCTOR AND ALWAYS TOOK TIME WITH US. I WILL MISS YOU, MY FRIEND AND MY DOCTOR. THANKS, AND PRAYER TO THE FAMILY. WE WILL OUR DOCTOR THANKS WE ARE SO SAD LOVE YOU DOC.
On behalf of Barbara Siktar, Dr. Funkhouser’s patient for many decades, peace and sympathy are extended to the Dr’s family. He served many people in the community. Though she is unable to attend the viewing, she will keep Dr Funkhouser and his family in her daily prayers.
A good man, a very good man !1
Our family doctor for many years and my father's friend from childhood. What can I say? You helped so many people! Always so kind. Patients trusted you. You always took time for people and made them feel their needs were important. I have memories of those times you were there for us, even making a home visit when I was little and had the measles. Our community was blessed to have you. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
God bless each of you on the passing of a compassionate and caring person. Dr Funkhouser delivered my son some 48 yrs. Also helped me to ward off a stroke, he got me on meds and took the time to help me,,, whenever I "was not feeling right" I stopped by his office and the nurses knew what was happening, and he would tell them different meds to put me on. May the Divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
Dr Jay, was a kind and humble man who dedicated his life to helping us all live a longer and healthier life. He was my fathers doctor and a friend of mine and always attempted to make the best out of every situation. My wife and I send our utmost condolences. God bless!
R.I.P prayers to the family
Thank you Dr. F for being my mentor and friend. I've learned so much from you in the medical profession.. One thing I never forgot that you thought me is that I said to you was,I have a dumb question to asked you and your response to me. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Now when my son says mom I have a dumb question., I look at him and said there is no such thing as a dumb question. You where and still are an inspiration to us all. You always had so much love and compassion for your patient's and they loved you in return. May you Rest in peace in the arms of our beloved lord Jesus Christ. You will truely be missed by all who knew you. With our deepest condolences, Rhonda McKelvey and Family