William J. Lauer
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William J. Lauer, 76, of Parker passed away early Thursday morning at the emergency room of Butler Memorial Hospital after being stricken ill at his home.
He was born in Huefner, Clarion County, on July 26, 1936, and was the son of the late William J. Sr. and Ruth E. Schill Lauer.
Bill was a 1954 graduate of the former Parker High School. Following high school, he was employed for many years at the former glass company in Parker. He then worked for 26 years at the Witco Corp. in Petrolia, from where he retired.
Mr. Lauer was a longtime, devoted member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church in Parker, where he served as Eucharistic minister, parish council member and choir member. Following the closing of the parish, he became a member of the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Emlenton, where he faithfully continued his service in many of the same capacities as at Parker.
Bill was instrumental, along with another few men, in organizing the Pony League at Parker, and served as manager for a time. He also was a valued member of Parker City Council.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 56 years, Charlotte Thompson Lauer, who he married March 9, 1957; three children, Patty (David) Shively of Butler, Richard Lauer of Parker and Penny (Kevin) Clark of West Freedom; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald (Alta) Lauer of Petrolia; two sisters, Ella Mae (Robert) Drake of Houston, Texas, and Carol Ann Fitzgerald of Henderson, Nev.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
LAUER - Friends of William J. Lauer, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, 201 S. Wayne Ave., Parker. A vigil prayer service will be at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Michael's Catholic Church in Emlenton with Father Charles R. Schmitt, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
To view or to send condolences, flowers, sympathy cards, visit www.buzardfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Feb. 22, 2013