THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James "Jim" (Lange) Lauerman, 84, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Friday, May 5.
Born Jan. 20, 1933, in Waterloo, Ia., to Raymond M. and Neva Lange Lauerman, he grew up in Marinette and attended Lourdes School. He graduated in 1952 from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., and in 1956 from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington D.C.
He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was a navigator with the 58th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He married the former Maureen Pfankuch on Aug. 18, 1956 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marinette.
He was a Manager/Buyer for Lauerman Bros Department Store, member of the Board of Directors and the secretary. He also was owner and board member of Marble Arms in Gladstone, served as a board member at First of American Bank, Little River Country Club and was a past President of TwiCees.
A former member of the Menominee Rotary Club and Marinette Kiwanis Club, he was a 59 year member of the Marinette Elks Club Lodge 1313.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed the outdoors with his sons, grandsons and the guys at camp. There were many special times with family and friends golfing, boating, card playing and traveling. He was a loving person to his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen; daughters, Kim Cooney (dec. Stephen), Shawn Lauerman (Bret Haley), Michelle Lauerman and Katia de Roche Avillez (Antonio) AFS student from Brazil; a son, Craig Lauerman (Nickie); a brother, Raymond (Nibs) Lauerman (Jane); 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Lange Lauerman, Jr. and a son-in-law, Stephen Cooney.
Friends may visit with family at Holy Family Parish Lourdes Church, 2735 Taylor Street, Marinette on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. Memorial contributions can be made to the James Lange Lauerman, Jr., Memorial Scholarship in memory of his son.