Dr. Donald F. Lay, age 76 died February 8, 2010. He was born October 11, 1933 a son of the late Frank and Lela Lay. Don married Dorothy (Hoekman) Lay.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Donna Foppe, Kimberly Jill (Doug) Brandsma, Derek (Megan) Lay and Jon (Rachel) Lay; grandchildren, Vanessa Ross, Stephanie Del Rosario, Timothy Brandsma, Aimee Brandsma, Elliott Brandsma and Kendyl Lay; 2 great-grandchildren; brother James Richard Lay; sister Betty (James) Lowe; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Dean and Kenneth Robert; and sister, Carol June Arehart.
Don was a graduate of Edina High School in 1951. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and earned the rank of Sergeant by the end of the Korean Conflict. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Don then enrolled at Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (Truman State University) and studied Social Science and Physical Education while serving in the Air Force Reserves. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and began work on his Master of Arts in Education and Administration. Later, Don was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy, assigned to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, FL in Company A. he left the Navy in 1959.
Don then taught and coached in Kansas and went on to become a school administrator in Iowa and Missouri. While working as a school administrator, he began doctoral studies at Saint Louis University in 1972 and earned his Ph.D. on April 6, 1979. In later years, he pursued a career in real estate and became an appraiser of commercial and residential properties, earning the industry’s highest ranking of M.A.I.
Don was a collector of stamps, coins, music and movies; he played golf, worked crossword puzzles and loved Notre Dame Football. He was a member of the Democratic Party and enjoyed discussing politics.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 12, 2010 at the Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles, MO. Pastor Curt Ness officiated.