Stephen (Steve) J. Van Pay, 69, Green Bay, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at a local hospital, following a long battle with heart disease and cancer. He was born May 14, 1951, in Green Bay, son of the late Edwin and Theresa (Pavlik) Van Pay. Steve graduated from Green Bay East High in 1969, and proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972, stationed in Germany. He married Dianne Hilke on July 10, 1970, at St. Mary's of the Angels. Steve was a Design Engineer for Nestle, Kraft Foods, and Schwan's.
Steve loved visiting his daughter, Stephanie, in Madison, going to classic car shows with his brother, Chuck, Thursday lunch with his lifetime friend, David Dittmann, his 1963 Ford Galaxy XLT, and was very involved in family genealogy. He was also an avid Badger football and Packer fan.
Steve was a member of the DAV, Vietnam Veteran's Association, and the American Legion.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Dianne; daughter, Stephanie, Madison; 2 brothers, Chuck (Linda) Van Pay, and Terry (Sandy) Van Pay; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Franklin Fitzgerald, Jackie Van Pay, Betty Van Pay, JoAnne (Norm) Hubert, Gloria Hilke; lifelong friend, David (Rosie) Dittmann; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his sister, Arleen; 2 brothers, James and Thomas Henry; and loving dog, Riley.
Due to COVID restrictions, private family services will be held. Steve will be laid to rest at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at
The family extends a warm thank you to the Milo Huempfner VA, and Aurora BayCare Medical Center.