Wayne L. Lulay

–  04/19/2019


Legacy and Obituary of

Wayne L. Lulay

1938 – 2019


Wayne L. Lulay at rest on April 19, 2019 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease.  Born to loving parents from the “Greatest Generation”, he was a devoted son,preceded in death by his parents Gladys nee (Lovett) and Wilbur Lulay.  Adoring husband to Sandra nee Finley -O’Neal and twice blessed with previous marriages to Gail nee Minnich and Charmaine (Cherie) nee Goepner; proud father to Michael (Michelle) and Catherine (Brett) Heinrich and cherished step daughters Allison O’Neal and Kelly VanDinther (Michael); loving grandfather to Rachel, Christopher and Daniel (Jenine) with admiration for their mother Kiley nee Dunn; and Jenna and Alyssa Heinrich, and dearest stepgrandchildren Christian and Kate VanDinther and Lauren Gaberik and loving great-grandfather to Olivia and Landon; and a loyal brother to Jack Lulay of Peoria, Illinois. 


Born in Chicago in 1938 and raised in Peoria, Illinois he attended St. Bernard’s Grade School and Peoria Central High School where he “Lettered” 3 years in wrestling, played on its 1954 Championship Football Team and lost his father to heart disease during the season.  He was later inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.  After graduating with PCHS’ Centennial Class in 1956, he enrolled at Bradley U. where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity and was active in inter-fraternity sports. 


In 1959, he was married to his first wife and mother of his two children, Michael and Catherine,  they were divorced in 1969 and Wayne married Sandra O’Neal in 1993. 


After graduation, he relocated his family to Villa Park, Illinois where he would work the next 38 years as a science teacher, Director of Parks and Recreation and finally in 1991 was appointed the City’s Manager until his retirement in May of 2000.  On his final days, he was presented with a proclamation from the Governor of Illinois recognizing his years of service and declaring May 31, 2000 as Wayne L. Lulay Day in Illinois.  It was during his tenure with the Village that it experienced its greatest period of economic growth in its 85-year history.  During that period,the Village entered into a landswap with Oakbrook Terrace that would later allow an auto dealership on Village Park property; entered into a development agreement to allow a $40 million dollar development of 355 up-scale apartments (Ovaltine); oversaw the opening of a Walmart and Target store in town; spearheaded construction of a 9-hole (Sugar Creek) golf course in the center of town; entered into an annexation agreement to allow 40 acres of property into Villa Park for commercial developments; promoted a successful $10 million dollar referendum to repair village streets; oversaw conversion of the town’s 2 swimming pools into family water parks;promoted a low interest loan program with local banks to provide financial assistance to retain local business and to attract new business to the Community; and entered into economic incentive agreements to retain 2 local automotive dealerships in Villa Park.  In July of 2000 he was appointed to the High School District No. 88 School Board and was elected to that office the following year.


A longtime member of the Elmhurst Elks Lodge and Rotary Club of Village Park, he served as the club’s President and was later selected as “Rotarian of the Year”.


In the 1980’s he took up running and would eventually complete 5 marathons including the prestigious Boston Marathon Invitational in 1983. 


Considered a gourmand by some and a ticket maven by others, he often dined at some of Chicago’s finest restaurants and was a frequent attendee at concerts, theaters and sporting events around Chicago. This passion for gourmet cooking, good wine and live entertainment would often lead him and his wife Sandra to New York City over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the latest in fine dining and front-row-center seats to a Broadway Musical and the US Open Tennis Tourney.  In recent years he and Sandra, traveled the world visiting over 30 countries on 4 continents.  He loved life and enjoyed weekends on Lake Michigan cruising aboard “Camelot” with family and friends. 


A visitation and memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Steuerle Funeral Home at 350 S. Ardmore, Villa Park on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 11am – 2pm. 


In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at  Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.



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