Don Fredrick Lauer
WINFIELD — Don Fredrick Lauer, 92, of Swedesburg, rural Mount Pleasant, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Legacy Point in Iowa City.
His body has been cremated. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Mark Youngquist officiating. Military recognition was given. The family met and visited with friends following the service at the Swedesburg Parish Center with refreshments. A memorial fund has been established for the benefit of the Quad Cities Honor Flight and the Swedesburg Lutheran Church. The Honts Funeral Home in Winfield handled the arrangements.
Mr. Lauer was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Henry County, the son of Chester and Ruth (Shriver) Lauer. He married Dorothy Peterson on Sept. 20, 1946, in Iowa City.
He graduated from Olds High School in 1938 and attended Iowa Wesleyan College. He served in the Army during World War II in General MacArthur’s Advanced Headquarters in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a farmer and was an examiner with the Iowa Department of Banking, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Olds American Legion, and Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and was the treasurer for the SVEA Insurance for 35 years. He enjoyed his cabin in Minnesota, traveling, farming with his son, and his grandchildren.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann Lewis of Silvis, Ill., and Nancy and Rob Hanna of St. Charles, Mo.; two sons, Art and Rose Lauer of Winfield, and Tom and Cindy Lauer of Coralville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, on Oct. 6, 2010; and one brother, Robert.