Paul Lay


Paul E. Lay, age 70, lost his long and courageous fight with Alzheimer’s Disease on August 11, 2016.

Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann (Sanders) Lay; his daughter, Lori (Lay) Law, son-in-law David Law, grandson Nick Law and granddaughter Abby Law of Shelbyville, Indiana; and son Andy, daughter- in-law Diana (White) Lay, grandson Jackson, and twin granddaughters Carli and Allison of Columbus, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Florence Wuellner.

Paul was born February 10, 1946 in Shelbyville. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1965 and joined the Indiana National Guard in 1966. He was employed by the City of Shelbyville Fire Department from 1969 to 1990, rising to the rank of captain, serving as a rope and tactical instructor and as a member of the water search and rescue team. On his off duty days he worked for Sanders Interiors.

Paul volunteered as a reserve deputy for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. After retiring in 1990 he became a fire prevention inspector for the City of Shelbyville. He then began a second career with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the State Fire Marshal’s office, working as a fire inspector until 2005.

Paul spent most of his adult life saving lives and fighting and preventing fires. Paul, also known as “Cappy,” was a great husband, family man and a loving father and grandfather. He was a member of International Association of Fire Fighters, American Legion Post 70 and the Knights of Columbus. He was a gifted artist and enjoyed fishing, wood working and spending time with his grandkids. His family and friends will always remember him as a caring and giving person.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, August 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murphy Parks Funeral Home in Shelbyville. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shelbyville Fire Department, Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Alzheimer’s Association.