James "Jay" Robert Oplas Jr.

Saturday 21st of July 1962 - Monday 31st of May 2021

James "Jay" Robert Oplas Jr.

Services

Visitation

Jun 4, 2021 (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Milward - Man O'War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Memorial Service

Jun 4, 2021 (7:00 pm )

Milward - Man O'War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Clergy Jay Fulton

James Robert Oplas, Jr. (Jay), son of the late James Robert Oplas, Sr., and Caroline Oplas Lewis of Lexington, KY, passed away May 31, 2021, in Lexington with his loving wife at his side after a valiant three-year struggle with mucosal melanoma. 


 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Terry Oplas; mother, Caroline Oplas Lewis; brother, Andrew Oplas; step-children, Jimi Owens and Jordan (Sean) Johnson; granddaughter, Juniper Johnson, and faithful canine companion, Gabriel.


 

A lifelong resident of Lexington, Jay was a graduate of Tates Creek High School and the University of Kentucky. He was an adoring husband, widely admired baseball coach, stalwart Wildcats fan, all around sports aficionado, and lover of travel, food, and ‘70s music.


 

Blessed with a competitive spirit, a cheeky and often mischievous wit, Jay was a force on the golf course, baseball diamond, karaoke lounges, and at the workplace.


 

While at Tates Creek, Jay was first chair trumpeter and soloist in high school. He played baseball, basketball, and football. Jay went on to coach Little League and Babe Ruth baseball competitively for several years, helping to mentor and cultivate young players who went on to compete in college and in Major League Baseball, also taking teams to championships and all-star national competitions out of state. His approach to coaching was intense and analytical, and Jay’s short fuse during baseball games was legendary, with the occasional cloud of sand and dirt kicked up after a controversial call. That nearly always blew over quickly, and all smiles returned along with

preparation for the next game or tournament. He also umpired and refereed in later years.


 

Jay specialized in accounting during his career, most recently at Kentucky Steel in Berea, Kentucky, a subsidiary of a large Japanese steel conglomerate. He developed professional and personal relationships on many levels and with the Japanese community in Lexington.

 


Jay shared his happiest moments with his soulmate and devoted wife Terry. They celebrated their 10th anniversary in April.


 

Faced with the formidable diagnosis of mucosal melanoma (a rare form of melanoma), Jay approached his battles with openness and transparency, but a steely determination to fight. He continued to travel and hit the golf course, even as he embraced friends and family to the end.

 


Jay’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the doctors and health care professionals at the University of Kentucky Medical Center for their professionalism and unparalleled care and support.

 

 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking…Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

— 1 Corinthians 13:1

 

“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance brings about proven character, and proven character brings about hope.”

5 Romans 3-4


 

Visitation will be held Friday, June 4th from 4:00-7:00pm, at Milward - Man O’War located at 1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington with memorial service to follow at 7:00pm, officiated by Jay Fulton, Chaplain at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

 


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jay’s name to: Camp Jean Dog Rescue, Lawrenceburg Rd., Frankfort, KY, 40601, donations via PayPal to: jgibowski@gmail.com.

 

To share a remembrance of Jay or offer condolences to his family, please sign the online guestbook below at milwardfuneral.com.

Guest Book

mary fudge

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I am so terribly sorry. I know you loved

2 days ago

Laurie Jewell Evans

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Mrs. Oplas, you were my first grade teacher and I remember Jay as a baby. I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. My thoughts will be with you.

2 weeks ago

Doug Adams

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I recall Jay sharing with joy one of the first times he spent an evening with Terry listening to his album collection together. I am deeply saddened by your loss Terry. Try to focus on the good times and know he will live on with enjoyment in our memories.

2 weeks ago

Kevin Renfro

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It was an honor to know you at work in the last 5 years. I will miss the talks of Kentucky basketball plus all of the other sports related news. You were truly a friend to me and I will always remember that. I will continue to pray for God's comfort for Terry and the entire family in following days.

2 weeks ago

Mike Anglin

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Jay, it was truly a pleasure working with you. I’ll miss the gazebo talks about basketball and music. I’ll also miss you getting in my head on the golf course, saying something like don’t hit it left. Even though I’m not very good, it was always great being out there with you. You’re one of the toughest people I’ve ever met. You will be missed.

2 weeks ago

Mai Motoni

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You were always kind and funny. You have been the best family friend to me and my family for years. I am glad I have met you and gotten to known you. The times we all have spent together will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace.

2 weeks ago