Remmert Funeral Home

521 East Washington Street, East Peoria, IL


John R. (Randy) Lay

February 20, 1946April 19, 2017
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John R. (Randy) Lay, 71, of East Peoria passed away at 9:53 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at his residence with his family at his side. He was born February 20, 1946 in Peoria, the son of Ellery and Virginia Fulton Livings Lay. He married Phyllis Cox on May 1, 1971. Randy is survived by his wife of forty-five years; his children, Kris (Jose) Garcia of Terra Haute, IN, Kerri (Brian) Viets of Chillicothe, Eric (Rebecca) Lay of St. Louis, MO, Erin (David) Fortune of East Peoria; nine grandchildren, Zoe, Rileigh, and Collin Fortune, Corrin and Cameron Viets, Kendall and Gavin Lay, Tony and Sara Garcia; and three sisters, Bettie (Doug) Crawford of Punta Gorda, FL, Bobbie (Jack) Nack of Ft. Myers, FL, Valerie (Earl) Dunham of Edina, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents. Randy was a 1964 graduate of Peoria Central High School where he was a class officer all four years. He graduated Eureka College in 1968, and belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Randy also was a graduate of Real Estate Institute with G.R.I. designation. He was a Real Estate Broker for 37 years. He was a Supervisor for the Real Estate Unit at CILCO for twenty-five years. He then worked for Illinois Department of Transportation for eleven years, retiring as a Senior Real Estate Agent. Randy was a Past President of International Right of Way Association, Illinois Chapter 12. He held senior designation in real estate of SRWA. He coached Little League and Biddy Basketball for his son’s team in East Peoria, for 7 years. Randy was an avid golfer, bowled in several leagues, last on CILCO League. He loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin always after the elusive Musky. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends in God’s country. He is a great-great-grandson of Josiah and Augusta Fulton. Josiah came to Peoria in April 1819, one of the six American settlers who founded American Peoria. The decedents of Josiah and Augusta Fulton are the only family of the original six settlers that have remained in Peoria to this time. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 4-7:00pm and one hour prior to services also at the church. Rev Lloyd Brock will officiate. Burial will be in Fondulac Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. To view Randy’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.remmertfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 26, 2017


John R. (Randy) Lay

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July 26, 2017

Cry no tears for me,
for the wings of faith and hope
and love have brought me to a land
where sunsets are forever,
and the days never end, where no good thing, thought, feeling, or dream is wasted. Where hurt and
sorrow are but a memory, and love
reigns supreme. Where every moment
we touch the face of God.
Be not afraid;
For I am not gone, but only flying
beyond where eyes can see. I will
come to you on the wings of dreams
and memory and in the days of sadness,
allow the good we share to be the
"Wind beneath your wings".
Be not afraid;
To use those wings for this life is
a gift to be used well, trees to
climb, challenges to meet, fish to
catch, jokes to tell, and most important
love to give and share.
When your wings are strong enough,
I'll meet you in the sky. And
we will ride the high winds of our
Savior's love forever.

This is Randy's message to all of us and I know I'll see him again and we will enjoy the riches of Heaven together that the Lord is preparing for us even now. I'll love you forever, Randy. I've always thanked God that he sent me you, the best husband and Dad ever!!! The best man there could be and God gave you to me. I'm so lucky to have shared life with you. I'll see you in a flash, my love!

April 28, 2017

So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. He was a wonderful guy and I am sure he will be missed by many,especially Mike Lawless. MayFl you take comfort in all the joy he brought,
Rosemary Chesher Ashby
Palm Harbor, Fl.

Bruce Fowlkes

April 26, 2017

The Eureka College community sends deepest condolences to John's family and friends. We pray God's comfort for your mourning, and God's joy as recall his life and blessings to you.
- Bruce Fowlkes, Eureka College Chaplain

Sandy Lacey

April 25, 2017

A Dear friend from Thomas Jefferson and PHS. Everyone
'loved" Randy My prayers to all of the family. Sandy Lacey

April 25, 2017

My deepest sympathy to you Phyllis and family. I will continue praying for you all....heaven just got an awesome new angel. I love you Phyllis.
Cindy Littlejohn
Litchfield Park, Az

Bill and Norma Sleeth

April 24, 2017

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Tom Walsh

April 24, 2017

Randy was always a class act during our time as classmates at Thomas Jefferson and Peoria Central. Wonderful photo tributes. Prayers for your family

Ron and Lorraine Stotts

April 23, 2017

Our prayers and sympathy to you Phyllis and all the family. We are praying that God will give you His peace as you go through these difficult days. Trust in His promises and know you will see him again as we all will when we see Jesus Christ face to face just as he has. This is our hope. We have out of town company this coming week, so I will not see you but will be praying for all of you "And we know all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 and "He is our peace." Eph 214....Cherish the good memories and cling to God's promises.

Don Noble

April 23, 2017

My deepest condolences to Phyllis and family. Randy and I were in the same high school class and competed against one another in grade school sports. My first memory of Randy was seeing him and his good friend Mike Lawlless at the McClure branch library. Randy and Mike were really tall for their age and they made quite an impression on me! Randy and I became friends in high school and would bump into one another over the years and he always had a smile and kind words as we would reminise and catch up. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Don Noble

April 23, 2017

My deepest condolences to Phyllis and family. Randy and I went to high school together and competed against one another in grade school sports. Besides class reunions, we would run into one anther around town or at the golf course and Randy always had an upbeat attitude and smile. He will be missed by all who knew him.