Roy H. Lass
Feb. 24, 1931- April 20, 2011
Roy H. Lass found peace surrounded by his family Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the age of 80.
He was the precious husband of Joanne (nee Sayles) and the loving, kind father of Wendy Kay Wolfe and Dave (Rebecca).
He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Lass; his mother, Anna Lass (nee Stark); his brothers, Gustave, Burt, Jack and Ray (twin); and his sister, Eleanora. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Royﾊwas born, raised and lived in Waukesha. He attended Waukesha High School, graduating in 1950. He then joined the Army Signal Corps and was a photographer in Europe. One of his biggest photo projects was documenting the Holland Flood in 1953. After leaving the Army, he was a photographer for the Waukesha Freeman. He was the bookkeeper for Acme Foundry, which was owned by his father. After the foundry was sold, Roy joined Unit Crane as a purchasing agent until the company moved to New Orleans. He then joined P & W Machine, where he retired from in 1996.
In September 1954, he married the love of his life, Joanne Sayles. He and Joanne were married for 56 years. Roy and Joanne enjoyed working in the garden, bird-watching and attending flea markets and estate sales to hunt for treasures. Roy enjoyed spending time with his family whether it was a day trip to a nearby town, a holiday celebration or a family gathering.ﾊHe had a soft spot in his heart for the family dogs and always enjoyed a visit from them, as well.ﾊﾊﾊ
Roy enjoyed fishing, photography and playing sheepshead with a group at Brandybrook school in Wales. He belonged to the Waukesha Coin Club for more than 40 years.ﾊRoy was a charter member of Elmbrook Church. In the summer of 2010, Roy realized a long time dream of taking a cross country train trip. He traveled with family from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Palm Springs, California and back enjoying each moment of the scenery along the journey. Roy and Joanne also enjoyed many, many traveling adventures with dear friends, Barb and Rudy Litschauer.
The family wishes to thank the Rolland Nelson Crossroads Home Hospice, wonderful skilled nurse Paula for her compassionate care, Dr. Antony Ruggeri and the Waukesha Memorial Hospital nursing staff on 2 North Oncology for their wonderful, loving care to Roy.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the chapel at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, with a service to follow at 7 p.m. A private committal with military honors will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Elmbrook Church, ﾒTelling the Truth Ministryﾓ are appreciated.