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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
John Lay

John Lay

Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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H. John Lay, age 78, of Stevens Point passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life Service for John will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at a later date.  Please keep checking for updates on when the service will be held. 
John was born in West Bend, WI on October 18, 1941 the son of Henry J. “Bud” and Eunice (Ohlrogge) Lay.  He attended local schools in West Bend and furthered his education at UW-Whitewater receiving a Bachelor’s degree in education.  He then worked in the family lumber yard until deciding to further his education at UW-Whitewater to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration. On Feb 12, 1972 John married the love of his life Wanda Wainscott in Dickson, IL.  The family moved to Stevens Point where John worked in the business education department at Mid State Technical College (MSTC). John was an incredible mentor and friend to many students and colleagues in the MSTC system during his successful business career. He became the Campus Administrator at the MSTC Marshfield campus in 1987 and retired from the MSTC Wisconsin Rapids campus in 2004. John was a talented and admired musician who had many musical avenues. His musical ability and the sound of his voice and guitar would brighten any room and truly made his soul shine. John was a part of the Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Choir, Monteverdi Master Chorale singer/Executive Director, and Northern Gateway Barbershop Chorus singer/Director. John loved spending time with family and friends while being up north at the cabin, camping in Door County, or just at the table playing games while making up his own rules and snickering. John lived by an honest, compassionate, intelligent, quick witted life motto. His commitment to his family, friends, church, and community was immeasurable and will never be forgotten. The imprint he has made on the lives of those around him is inspiring and his legacy and hugs will live on in us all with his stories and jokes being shared for lifetimes.
John is survived by his wife: Wanda, 4 Children: Kerry Lay, Charlene (Pete) Orne, Peggy (Art) Greco, and David Lay, sister: Susan Wage, and 7 grandchildren: Ashley Barthel, Emily, William, Greyson, and Hayley Orne, and Tyler and Bella Greco.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Tucker Joseph.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name may be made to Monteverdi Master Chorale, The Northern Gateway Chorus, and Trinity Lutheran Church.
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William Lindroth

Posted at 12:36pm
Wanda and family,
Marna and I were shocked and greatly saddened by John's passing. John was a great friend and colleague at MSTC. John and I shared many great conversations about work and our families. John was a clear thinker and had an ability to analyze situations in an insightful way. In addition, John was dedicated to MSTC's educational mission. John retired ahead of me and I greatly missed his friendship and counsel.


Posted at 09:52am
Wanda, Peggy and the rest of John's family, please accept my condolences on learning of John's death. John was a good friend who often pushed me to "get back on key" and was a major part of the successes of the Monteverdi Chorale. He is missed and will be. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Justus F. Paul

Tom & Carol McCarrier

Posted at 10:43pm
Dear Wanda and family,
We were stunned when we heard about John’s death. A month and a half has gone by and it still is hard to believe he is gone from this earth. If anyone was full of life and lived it to its fullest it was John. Over our many years of friendship that smile was always there and a witty comment would often follow. We enjoyed decades of Door County camping together. We will always remember nights around the fire - chatting, singing, telling tall tales and visits by scrounging raccoons. Even the occasional visits by Peninsula Park Rangers to remind us of “quiet hours” are welcome memories. As are John and Wanda’s expertise in creating “The Big Event” which brought many camping families together for exciting games and cooperative efforts, which helped strangers become close friends.
John and Tom worked at MSTC and often shared breaks and lunches with a varied group of employees and staff. Seated around a table in the cafeteria, surrounded by students, all the world’s problems were discussed, and sometimes little ones were even solved. John was a real wordsmith, and loved puns and rhymes. We looked forward to his annual rhyming holiday letter.
His light brightened our lives. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers continue for all of his family.
Carol & Tom McCarrier

Brenda Breitnerr

Posted at 10:58am
Wanda and Peggy, there are no words to tell you how much John will be missed, John made directing Monteverdi's affairs look easy, and yet we know it was hours of work. He'll not be replaced in our lives. His sense of humor was dry , droll, and perfect. My thoughts and prayers have been with you both. Wish it were possible to give you a hug.

Bob Cooley

Posted at 04:43pm
You know this story but I wanted to write down a couple of the memories that I shared of John.

I consider John a lifelong best friend. We met in kindergarten in West Bend and continued in school together even as we both headed off to Madison for the first year of college. We were in the same patrol in Boy Scouts and spent several weeks after grade school camping in some of the western states with two other scouts and one of their dads. Our father’s each had business very close to one another on the same street in West Bend. We both worked in our family’s business early in life’s but our educations lead us to other careers.

After high school we would see each other at high school reunions every 5 years but that was it. On our 50th, now both retired, we reconnected our friendship and got together at each other’s home for several days a couple of times each year. We each have a place on a lake that allowed us to enjoy, reminisce, play a little guitar and drink great beers. This resulted in planned our “great retirement adventures” which included a National Graphic small ship tour of Alaska, a car tour around Washington state and time together on the beach in Anna Maria Florida. Then last May, John, Wanda, my wife Paula and I revisited the national parks John and I traveled to as 13-year old Boy Scouts. We had great times together and were planning our next travel adventure for this summer but unfairly John’s light was extinguished way too early.

I have been so lucky to reconnect John and Wanda these last 10 years. Seriously, he was one of my best friends early in my life and since our 50th Class reunion that early connection has grown into being a great friend again. I will miss him. I know I am just one of the many people who will miss him terribly.

Bob Cooley

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