John ‘Jack’ Wilson Alyea


Feb. 3, 1940 - Oct. 22, 2012



John “Jack” Wilson Alyea of San Carlos, Calif., formerly of Waukesha, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home at the age of 72 following a two-year battle with peripheral neuropathy and the rare disease amyloidosis. He was born in Harlingen, Texas, on Feb. 3, 1940, the son of Harold Wilson and Helen Elenore (nee Johnson) Alyea.


Jack came to Waukesha in 1943 and attended Hadfield and Randall Elementary, Lincoln Junior High School and was a 1958 graduate of Waukesha High School. In 1963, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and in 1968 his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. On May 29, 1968, he married Laurel Huff Davis and they moved to San Carlos with Laurel’s daughter, Diane.  Jack worked for Raychem Corp. in Menlo Park, Calif., from 1968 until 1980. In 1979, he purchased Wright Engineered Plastics Inc. (WEP), a small, custom plastic injection molding company in Cupertino, Calif. In 1983, he moved the WEP operations from Cupertino to Santa Rosa, Calif.  After 16 successful years of business growth, Jack sold WEP in 1996 and retired to a life of leisure, golf, woodworking and travel.


He will be sadly missed by his wife of 44 years, Laurel Alyea of San Carlos; his stepdaughter, Diane (James) Komes of Maple Park, Ill.; and his siblings, Fred (Charlotte) Alyea of Dunwoody, Ga., James (Jean) Alyea of Wheaton, Ill., Marian (Chuck) Schmoller of Marshfield and Robert (Jaci) Alyea of Germantown. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Ann Alyea.


Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Nov. 3, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Graveside services will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha. 


If desired, memorials are appreciated to Woodland Dunes Nature Center, P.O. Box 486, Two Rivers, WI 54241-0486; Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Attn: Development Department, 600 Hoffmann Drive, Watertown, WI 53094; or the Amazon Medical Project Inc., P.O. Box 194, Mazomanie, WI 53560.


Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call 547-4035 or go to for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.