William J. "Bill" Laise

April 1, 1930 - November 13, 2018
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William “Bill” J. Laise passed away on November 13, 2018 at Lima Manor.  He was born in his home in East Stroudsburg, PA on April 1, 1930 to Frank S. Laise (deceased) and Ruth S. Laise (deceased).  Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg where he was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 81, Secretary of the Sunday school, and later a Cub master of Boy Scout Troop 81.  He was a 1947 graduate of East Stroudsburg HS, where he was a member of the first ever football team at ESHS.

Following high school graduation, Bill attended the Philadelphia Linotype Institute and subsequently held several jobs with printing companies as a Linotype operator until he was drafted into the Army in December 1951.  For the next 2 years, he served in the 1402 Combat Engineer Battalion of the 7th Army in Germany. While serving in Germany, Bill completed radio school graduating 1st in his class.  After discharge from the Army, he worked as a printer at Blairstown Press, Hughes Printing Company, and later at Four Maples Press.  He worked as a substitute rural mail carrier while at Four Maples Press and moved to a full-time mail carrier position from which he retired.

Bill married Betty L. Stiff on August 2, 1958.  They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary just a couple months prior to his death.  Bill was the father to 2 sons, Keith Jeffrey Laise (deceased) and Kris Gregory Laise of Findlay.

In addition to serving in the military, Bill served his country and community in many ways.  He was very involved in the American Legion on both a local and state level.  He held many leadership positions at George N. Kemp Post 346 in East Stroudsburg, including Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Commander, Home Association Secretary, and Home Association President.  Bill also served as the American Legion Monroe County Commander, 30th District Adjutant and 30th District Commander for the State of Pennsylvania.  He also served local youth for many years through American Legion sponsorship of baseball teams, through umpiring little league baseball, and coaching youth football and little league baseball. Bill was a member of Lodge 628 of the Free and accepted Masons and became a 32nd Degree Mason.  He was a Mason for more than 50 years.  Bill was elected Commander of the Monroe County Veterans where he organized and chaired the first Veteran’s Day Parade in Monroe County.

Bill was a lifelong fan of trains, including being a model railroader.  He always had a layout to “play” with his model trains.  This included several layouts that filled his residences’ basements and several railroad club layouts, including at the time of his death, the HO Model Railroaders of Lima. Bill had an attention to detail that added realism to the train layouts.

Bill is survived by his wife Betty Laise, of Lima, his son Kris Laise, of Findlay, Kris’ wife  Lorali Myers-Laise, of Findlay, his grandson Jacob Laise of Findlay, and  his granddaughter Hannah Laise, of St. Charles, IL.

Family will receive friends 3 – 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.  Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date in Prospect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg, PA.



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Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Born: April 1, 1930
Died: November 13, 2018

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Barry Laise posted on 11/24/18

To the Laise Families from your relatives from NJ and Delaware. We are so sorry to hear of your loss especially this time of the year.


Nancy Field posted on 11/20/18

As my brother-in-law, Bill shared in our family's laughs and tears for many decades. Always a source of strength, ready with a story or fun fact, his presence filled a big spot on our family tree. Bill was a good man who lived a good life. As he begins this new journey he leaves behind warm and loving memories.


Tanya Carmella-Beers posted on 11/17/18

Mrs. Laise and Kris, I am deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Laise’s passing. I think of your family often and recall many fond memories. I will pray for your peace. With love, Tanya Carmella-Beers


Bill McFadden posted on 11/16/18

My sincere condolences to Betty and to Kris and the rest of the family. Bill was my next door neighbor all of the time while I was growing up. I fondly remember talking with Bill about all sorts of different things both while I was living at home and when I would see him when I was at home visiting as a younger adult. I have good memories of going over to their basement and seeing Bill's extensive model railroad layout. Bill served both his country and his community in many different ways throughout his lifetime. He will be favorably remembered by many. Bill McFadden.