HUITSING, Jay born April 2, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois died on April 16, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Betty, of 65 years, children Jay, Jayne (Terry) and Jim (Paula), sister, Grace, brothers-in-law Bob (Irma) Brands and Don (Nancy) Brands as well as 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Dorothy.\n\n Jay, a man of God, loved his church which he served in many ways. While living in Wheaton, Illinois, he served as both deacon and elder. In Tucson, he served as an elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. He especially loved singing tenor in the church choirs. He was gifted at welcoming visitors and making them feel right at home. He volunteered in the St. Andrews office whenever they could use his help.\n\n Jay co-owned an office machine business in Chicagoland for over 30 years. He was active in the Chicago Office Machines Association, the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, JTPA, a government job training program, and was a member of the annual Wheaton Prayer Breakfast committee for many years. He also served on the school board for Wheaton Academy, the high school attended by his 3 children. He served with the local Rotary club and was highly regarded as a leader. He was very involved when Rotary took on the challenge of eradicating polio by providing vaccines to people all over the world. He joined the Oro Valley club when he and Betty arrived from Chicago. He practiced the Rotary motto as a Rotarian for 42 years: Service Above Self; but really lived it his entire life. \n\n Delivering meals for ICS here in Tucson brought Jay much joy. He always took time to visit with those who received the meals. He knew he might be their only personal contact that day.\n\n Becoming an honorary alumnus of Betty's alma mater, Central College in Pella, Iowa was a special gift to Jay. He made numerous trips to Central with Betty over the years. He loved watching the women's softball games played in Tucson during the college's spring breaks.\n\n Jay and Betty enjoyed traveling. Some of the earlier trips were through Jay's business or Betty's teaching connections. After retiring they continued to travel, sometimes on their own, sometimes with church or college alumni groups. Family was very important to Jay. He and Betty made it a priority to attend every grandchild's high school and college graduation. They have also traveled to each wedding.\n\n Jay's hobby was fishing for walleye and white bass on the Wolf River in Wisconsin. He always stayed at the same fishing resort where he became a dear friend of the owners. He fished with his dad, his brother-in-law, his son, his nephew, even Betty; whomever he could get to go. He caught thousands of fish over the years (and that's no fish story!).\n\n Jay's sense of humor was what endeared him to so many people. He loved to tease and tell stories. He will certainly be missed.\n\n There will be a memorial service to celebrate Jay's life on Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church's chapel in Tucson. In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution to either ICS (Interfaith Community Services- icstucson.org) in Tucson or the Rotary International Foundation (www.rotary.org/give) in Chicago, Illinois.