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Jay Squier

Thursday, March 4, 2010
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
2:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Opportunity Village
1200 N. 9th St. W.
Clear Lake, IA 50428

Thursday, March 4, 2010
3:00 PM
Opportunity Village
1200 N. 9th St. W.
Clear Lake, IA 50428

Dateline: Clear Lake, IA -Jay Paul Squier 43, was called home to Our Lord’s House on Feb. 28, 2010 at Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit surrounded by his family. Jay has passed by battling a courageous fight with cerebral palsy.

There will be a Celebration of Life Services at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, March 4, 2010, at the Opportunity Village Gym, 1200 N. 9th Street West, Clear Lake, with Reverend Rich Murray and Reverend Dean Hess officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.

Burial will be at the Park Cemetery, Nora Springs, IA, with Dr. Reverend Jennifer Edinger officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Opportunity Village, Clear Lake in Jay’s memory.

Jay was born in Charles City on March 7, 1966, son of Wendell “Buck” and Betty (Quam) Squier. Jay graduated from Charles City High School in 1987. He was confirmed at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Nora Springs, IA. Jay lived with his parents until the age of 7, and then moved into Comp Systems in Charles City. He moved to Opportunity Village in Clear Lake in 1999. He spent many wonderful years with the staff and all the great residents that were just like family. Most recently he was residing at Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. Jay had a passion for people. He was always full of smiles. While growing up, Jay participated in Special Olympics Jay was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Trips to see an Iowa Hawkeye’s basketball game, a Kansas City Royals baseball game, and a Minnesota Twins game were among his most memorable. He also loved going to the movies and out-to-eat. He enjoyed the casino, country music, and the Bob and Tom show.

Jay was a member at Zion Lutheran Church. He also participated in Spiritual Life activities at Opportunity village, including worship services, service projects, and spiritual retreats. He knew that Jesus was his own Good Shepherd and looked forward with confidence to his welcome into heaven.

Jay was in the Village choir and in the Village bell choir. He loved all kinds of music and enjoyed “making a joyful noise to the Lord” in many wonderful ways. In spite of needing the assistance of a wheelchair his entire life, Jay was very independent. He expressed himself in non-verbal ways through his eyes and by shaking his head, and also through the use of a Dynavox talker. Jay was very thankful for the many direct-care providers and job coaches who have assisted him in having a rich and full life throughout the years, including those from Comprehensive Systems, Opportunity Village, Oakwood Care Center, and North Iowa Inpatient Hospice.

Jay is survived by his mother Betty (Quam) Squier, Clear Lake, IA; brother Douglas Squier and his wife Karen, Sheffield, IA; nephew Joshua Squier, Minneapolis, MN, nieces Melissa Sjostrad, Minneapolis, MN and Nettie Squier, Sheffield; great nephews Tyson and Nicholas, Sheffield, IA; special friend Amy Waage, Lake Mills; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jay was preceded in death by his father Wendell “Buck” Squier, paternal and maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428 (641)357-2193

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