Larry Calmann Lauth, 72, of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 13, 1943, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, after a prolonged illness which he fought until the end, enjoying his life.
Larry was an educator and coach who loved working with kids through school, church, scouts, the old Teen-Age Center, and Belleville Parks and Recreation. He taught math at Grant School, Fairview Heights, Ill., then went on to Central Junior High School, Belleville, Ill., for the majority of his career. Whatever team needed a coach or sponsor, he was there. Central Junior High School was Larry's second home and was where he and Pat fell in love. They truly enjoyed working with the students and extraordinary staff.
Larry's volunteering spirit led him and Pat to callings at several churches to organize youth groups and Sunday school classes. That fulfilling-a-need attitude sent him to Southwestern Illinois College, East St. Louis, Ill., where he taught construction math after having retired from Central School.
Larry spent many happy years traveling, excelling at various sports, fishing, hiking, camping, going to movies and always enjoying a meal with family and friends. He was an avid reader, excellent photographer, enjoyed playing trivia, and was great at cards and board games. He lived to be with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur F. and Florence M., nee McCormick, Lauth; a brother at birth, Gary Lauth; and his parents-in-law, W. Thomas and Rosemary Hall.
Surviving are his devoted wife, Patricia, nee Hall, Lauth, who was the love of his life for 45 years; three wonderful children, John (Stephanie) Lauth, and their son, John Harrison; Paul (Margaret) Lauth, and their sons, Ethan David and Henry Calmann; and daughter, Gail Lauth; a sister, Janet (Ron) North, whom he adored;
a brother-in-law, Tom Hall, and his children, Carlee Hall, Jared (Rachel Wofard) Hall,
and Blake (Liz Rosato) Hall, and their daughter, Ayrabella; sisters-in-law, Anne (J.D.) Bocock, and their sons, Michael Culler, George (Michelle) Culler, and children, Kate Culler (Garrett Halpenny), Briittany Burke, and R.J. Schepers; Barbara (Robert) Ridenour, and their daughter, Andrea (Brian McNamara) Ridenour; and Lynne (Bill) Nebel, and their children Ryan Nebel, and Scott (Emily) Nebel, and their children, Makayla and Caden Nebel; other close relatives; and dear friends, Tom, Cheryl, Matt and Darla, Bill and Maureen, Vernell, Ron and Colleen, Mary and Howard, Jo and Wally, Mike and Marilyn, the "old Hy-Ho guys", and the "Rosewood lunch bunch".
We would like to thank everyone who came to visit Larry, sent him kind words, or kept our family in their prayers. Special thanks also go to those exceptional staff members who cared for Larry at Mercy (Rosewood) Care Center. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Irwin for his skill and kindness in managing Larry's care, and our deepest appreciation to his compassionate staff. Also, we are extremely thankful for the care and comfort that was provided to Larry and our family through the Hospice of Southern Illinois
Larry loved taking family and friends to the St. Louis Zoo and Botanical Gardens, so if you so choose, donations in his name would be appreciated. He also believed in everyone having an excellent education. You can help by supporting District 118's Education Foundation, or your favorite youth program with a donation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 28, 2016