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Jay Thrall - 67

Flossmoor, Illinois

Jay Thrall. Age 68. Lifelong Flossmoor resident. Graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School Class of 1975. Attended Western Illinois University and University of Denver. Worked his entire life at the family business Thrall Enterprises starting at Thrall Car Company in Chicago Heights and Operations Manager for the past 40 years at Nazdar. Longtime member of Olympia Fields Country Club. Jay enjoyed spending his free time with family, friends and on the golf course. Husband for 43 years of Polly nee Korkos. Father of Luke Thrall, Naomi (Mark) Cochrane, Jeremiah (Stephanie) Thrall and Adam Thrall. Grandfather of Finley and Lyla Cochrane, Vanessa and Monroe Thrall. Son of the late Marilyn “Lynn” nee Feil and Jerome “Jerry” Thrall. Brother of Jeff (Suzi) Thrall, Randy (Judy Gorman) Thrall, Brooke Thrall, Chris (Cynthia) Thrall and Jan (Michael) Mazza. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th Street (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Sunday February 18, 2024 from 12:00 Noon until 7:00 pm. Services at funeral home Monday February 19, 2024 11:00 am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jay’s name to ELIM Christian Adult Services, 13020 S Central Ave, Crestwood, IL, 60418 ( or University of Chicago Hospital Comers Hospital c/o Thrall Playroom, 5841 S Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758716, Topeka, KS, 66675 ( would appreciated by the Thrall family. Info 708-481-9230 and


  • Darlene Bowles

    on 02/13/24

    We are so sorry for your loss.  We thought the world of Jay. His kindness will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  

  • Kelly LeCouvie

    on 02/13/24

    Such a devastating loss for you all, I am so sorry. There is no remedy for grief. 

  • Teri Crowley

    on 02/13/24

    So very sorry for your loss, he will be missed by everyone who ever knew him, truly a very nice man.
  • John Morgan

    on 02/13/24

    Jay Thrall - what a great guy. Always quick with a smile, and a kindness. So sorry for your loss.  God Bless Jay and all who love him

  • Marla Walsh

    on 02/14/24

    To Polly and their beautiful family.....

    I am brokenhearted for all of you.  Embrace the memories you shared.  They will help you as you begin the healing process.  I send my love and prayers......

    Marla Walsh

  • Cathy Huffman

    on 02/15/24

    I am so very sorry for your loss!!  Jay was always positive and smiling, he encouraged others to be better and he truly cared!

  • David Heald

    on 02/15/24

    Jay was a great friend and co-worker. We had a lot of laughs and shared many stories. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will all of you at this time.

  • George Mathew

    on 02/15/24

    Jay will be greatly missed. I still cannot comprehend the reality of his absence; I can only remember him with his warm smile and the energetic positive spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all the loved ones.

  • Tim Carey

    on 02/15/24

    Jay is truly a good man. He was my supervisor for many years. I came to know him as my friend.

    Rest in peace my friend

  • Tim Dioxn

    on 02/15/24

    I still can't believe that this has happened. I am heartbroken. I considered Jay a friend. He was a good man. I will miss working with him. He always made me laugh. He would always tell me to drink more water and stop drinking Mountain Dew. This just showed what kind of man he was. He cared about all of us at Nazdar. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. 

  • Jr. Logsdon

    on 02/15/24

    What a shock it was to hear about Jay. I thought of Jay as a good friend and someone who always had my back. He was great to joke around with and will be greatly missed. 

  • Joshua Wilhelm

    on 02/15/24

    Jay was truly one of a kind. He was an all around good man that cared about all of us at Nazdar. I will miss him very much. Rest easy my friend
  • Gordon Nash

    on 02/16/24

    To the Thrall family I extend my condolences. My lasting memory of Jay is humor. He always had a smile and treated everyone with kindness. As we all know he was dedicated to his family. Hopefully the good memories will help mitigate your grief. He is in our prayers. May He Rest In Peace.

    Gordon Nash

  • Patrick Wong

    on 02/18/24

    My condolences to the Thrall family on the loss of Jay. May he rest in peace. 

  • Michael Hargens

    on 02/18/24

    I am heartbroken over the sad news. I will always remember and picture Jay with his facial expressions and that happy smile. (Priceless)! Polly, to you & the family, and the rest of the Thrall Clan, I love you all, you are in my thoughts and prayers. 
     Sincerely, Hag

  • Jefff Vickers

    on 02/18/24

    Our heartfelt condolences to Jay's family.  Know he had a positive impact on so many.  Working with Jay, it was always evident he wanted what he felt was best, not only for the company but also the people.  I, like so many others, will keep Jay alive in our hearts and minds.

    Deepest sympathy & prayers for all the family,

    Jeff & Debra Vickers

  • Laura M Dicken Schofield

    on 02/18/24

    I am so very sorry for your family's loss. My son Tommy was very upset over it even though he only met Jay a few times. He wanted me to tell you he is sorry for your loss. First time he's ever said this. We will be thinking and praying for you.
  • Lynn& Barry Gaby

    on 02/18/24

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you mourn the loss of a phenomenal human being. May his name forever be a blessing.

  • Bruce Ridge

    on 02/19/24

    I will miss Jay. He was one of those rare people that was alive with excitement. He was glad to see you and you knew it. I look forward to the day when I pass the disbelief and grief and move onto having my first thoughts of Jay being his love of life and how well he spread that love.

    My condolences and love to his whole family.   

  • Blanca Briner

    on 02/20/24

    To the Thrall family,

    My sincere condolences to your family.  I had the pleasure of working with Jay for the past 20 years and am fortunate to have gotten to know him personally.  His Jayisms always made me smile.  He always made a point to ask me about my family, my kids, and I know how proud he was of his family.  Much love to your family.

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