Fay Reilly, 83 years of life, was born on Jan. 13, 1931, in Spokane to John Frank Reilly and Barbara Cox Reilly. His first school was Glenora south of Spokane.
In the second grade, the family moved to Williams Valley west of Deer Park where he attended Williams Valley School until consolidation. Fay then attended Clayton School for two years and graduated from Deer Park High School with the Class of 1948.
After high school he was employed by Fred Reynolds, who owned the milk route division of Deer Park Auto Freight. This route extended to farms as far north as Chewelah and Summit Valley. Milk was hauled in 10-gallon un-refrigerated cans to Carnation Dairy on Cataldo in Spokane.
In 1953, Fay was drafted and spent two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. After returning from the military, he again worked for Deer Park Auto Freight. In June 1956, Fay purchased the freight division from Neb Olsen.
As the years progressed, the freight companyâ€™s authority increased and by 1972 Deer Park Auto Freight delivered to all of Stevens County.
In August 1960, Fay married Marilyn Meyer from Loon Lake. In April 1990 Fay sold Deer Park Auto Freight to his sons, Joe and Bob, so he could supposedly retire.
Fay is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn; their children, Joe (Joyce) Reilly, Bob Reilly, and Linda Reilly. There are four granddaughters, Whitney, Taylor, Rosa, and Mary, and one great-granddaughter Tatum. Fay is a brother to June, Nathan, Floyd, and Jim Reilly.
He was predeceased by a sister, Frances, in 2012.
Memorial services honoring Fay will be at 2 p.m. on, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Deer Park at St. Maryâ€™s Presentation Catholic Church at E602 Sixth Ave.
Fayâ€™s family suggests donations be made to the Clayton/Deer Park Historical Society, P.O. Box 293, Clayton, WA 99110-0293, or the charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park was in charge of arrangements.