Jay F. Rantanen
Church & Chapel Funeral Home - Brookfield
1875 North Calhoun Rd
Brookfield, WI
Jay F. Rantanen

Jay passed away on July 5, 2020, at age 81. Jay is lovingly survived by his sister Marie (Richard Castle), brother Gerald Rantanen (Regina), nieces Nicole, Sara, Sheri, Marsha and Cyndi plus many cousins, many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Hector and Bertha Rantanen.

Jay graduated from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, attended Michigan State University, and graduated from Spencerian College. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965.

Jay began his career at Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, WI and continued that career with Siemens. His career had him residing in Atlanta, Little Rock, New Orleans, Paris (France), and finally Johnson City, TN where he retired before returning to Milwaukee. Jay was a very active, faithful member of a Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) in each of these cities.

Jay will forever be remembered as a caring, loving and gentle soul by all who had the pleasure to know him. He will be held forever in our hearts.

Special thanks to Ellen's Home of Germantown on Sylvan Circle and Horizon Hospice for their gentle care of our loved one.

Private family services were held.

Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jul. 7 to Jul. 8, 2020.
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Mark Meissner
July 31, 2020
I worked with Jay, where he was controller, during our time with Allis-Chalmers and Siemens in New Orleans, where we were both also members of Crown of Life Lutheran Church. Many wonderful memories during our time together there. He is now enjoying eternal life in a much happier place. Best wishes and condolences to his family here.
Tom Thiele
July 9, 2020
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