Christopher Hollis Lay

By on May 10, 2012

Christopher Hollis Lay of Maple Park passed away May 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Christopher was born April 12, 1928, in Washington County, Ky., to W.C. and Isa Mae (Adkinson) Lay.

He attended local schools in Mackville, Ky.

In 1944 Christopher met the love of his life, Gloretta, when his brother married her sister. Before long the two were united in marriage on March 16, 1948, in Harrodsburg, Ky. They would spend the next 64 years by each others side.

They made their home in Harrodsburg the next four years before making their big move to northern Illinois. In 1957, they made their home in the Elburn/Maple Park area.

Throughout the years, Christopher worked various jobs. He worked for Elburn Packing, where he “fat cattled” before he was given the opportunity to become a welder for National Electronics. His welding career continued when Richardson Electronics took over. He continued his work with Richardson before retiring in 1993.

If you frequented the St. Charles Bowling Alley, you often found Christopher bowling, whether he was leading his league to a win or just enjoying a game of bowling with his family. If Christopher was not bowling you could find him in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, turtles, frogs or sinking a few worms to catch some catfish or bluegill. Regardless of what his catch was, it would always feed his family. If he wasn’t out hunting or fishing, he would be out tending to the flowers in his garden. He also enjoyed listening to classic country and gospel music.

Christopher is survived by his loving wife, Glo; his daughter, Peggy (Dennis) Wogen of Malta, Ill.; his son, Rick (Cathy) Lay of Maple Park; daughter-in-law, Ursula Lay of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters, all of Kentucky; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, six brothers, two grandchildren, and one son, Larry.

Visitation was held May 5 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate Christopher’s life was held after visitation. Burial followed at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

A memorial has been established in Christopher’s name to benefit the Maple Park Family Fund. Checks may be made to the “Maple Park Family Fund” and mailed in care of The Lay Family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at