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Here is some information below, also including his spouse.
Father William Kentz was also in the Navy during WW1 Jay father is also buried in the same cemetery. Please follow the link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151434076/william-kentz
Name: William Kentz Gender: Male Death Date: 23 Mar 1976 Enlistment Branch: NAVY Enlistment Date: 15 Jun 1918 Discharge Date: 10 Mar 1919
Jay also was married to Ellen L. Goldman in 1949 here is his wife's information plus it looks like there might have been a separation/divorce because she remarried and is buried in AZ please follow the link. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/730079/ellen-lois-gubin
She remarried after Jays death in 1976 according to Nevada marriage records.
Name: Ellen Lois Gubin Gender: Female Spouse: Louis B Gubin Marriage Date: 18 Jul 1975 Marriage County: Clark Officiant Type: Civil celebrant Recorded Date: 24 Jul 1975 Recorded County: Clark Book: 467 Instrument number: 800659 Name: Ellen Lois Goldman Gender: Female Race: White Age: 20 Birth Date: abt 1929 Birth Place: Port Huron, Michigan Marriage License Place: St Clair Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1949 Marriage Place: Port Huron, St Clair, Michigan, USA Residence Place: Port Huron, Michigan Father: Edward R Goldman Mother: Phoebe Herbert Spouse: Jay J Kentz County File Number: 35106 State File Number: 77 15911 Name: Jay J Kentz Gender: Male Race: White Age: 25 Birth Date: abt 1924 Birth Place: Bay City, Michigan Marriage License Place: St Clair Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1949 Marriage Place: Port Huron, St Clair, Michigan, USA Residence Place: Port Huron, Michigan Father: William Kentz Mother: Esther Bernstein Spouse: Ellen Lois Goldman County File Number: 35106 State File Number: 77 15911
Name: J Jay Kentz Age: 15 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1925 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Michigan Marital Status: Single Relation to Head of House: Son Home in 1940: Bay City, Bay, Michigan Map of Home in 1940: Street: N Van Buren House Number: 237 Inferred Residence in 1935: Bay City, Bay, Michigan Residence in 1935: Bay City Resident on farm in 1935: No Sheet Number: 11B Attended School or College: No Highest Grade Completed: High School, 1st year Neighbors: Household Members Age Relationship William Kentz 45 Head Esther Kentz 40 Wife Daniel Bernstein 64 Father-in-law J Jay Kentz 15 Son Charlotte Voss 23 Servant G Harold Bernstein 35 Son