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Lauger, Lloyd My father Lloyd was born on April 24, 1919 in Swedesburg, IA. At a young age he developed a love of words, both reading and writing, and a love of baseball, playing the outfield and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. His early years were filled by the routines of farm life and school, graduating from Olds High School in 1936. World War II interrupted the normal progress of life, and my father enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. He seldom talked about his experience as a radioman on a B-24, beyond the occasional reference to washing out of pilot training. I learned about these years from his autobiography, A Life's Journey written and self-published years later. He took several chapters to explain his experiences as a Tech Sergeant. He flew fourteen combat missions before being shot down over Kassel, Germany, in October 7, 1944. I have noted with pride the POW license plate on his car, his release papers from May 1, 1945 written in German, and his medals: Good Conduct Medal, two Bronze battle Stars and a Purple Heart. Dad married Wilma Gardner on June 2, 1946. He farmed in the Naperville area. His one mild regret in life was not taking advantage of the GI bill to go to college. Dad and Mom had a good life together, actively involved in Lisle Bible Church and giving birth to two children, Linda and Dick. Tough times returned as Mom contracted Hodgkin's disease. After a long siege she died in 1955. Life went on and Dad found a new love, marrying Martha in 1958. The Illinois toll road took most of the farm, so they began their new life together on a farm near Sugar Grove, IL. These too were good years. Four sons were added to the family, Karl, Mark, Paul, and Roger. The family first attended Big Rock Baptist Church and then Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove. In May of 1969 Dad graduated from Aurora College with a degree in English. He had worked full time in the fields and barns to earn a living and had taken classes when he could to get that degree. After graduation he had a sale and began teaching at Oswego High School. Later he earned a Master's degree in reading from Northern Illinois University. We all remember the many evenings his books were spread out over the dining room table. We kids have a lot of memories stored up over the years. Dad was always an active leader and teacher in church. He played chess in clubs and tournaments, trying his best to teach the rest of us. He was an avid Cubs, Bulls, and Bears fan. He enjoyed growing things: flowers, vegetables, and a variety of fruits. He built the ten room house we eventually moved into from the farm. In retirement he always had a project, like bricking the driveway, and bike riding over many hundred miles with family and friends. Even after legal blindness took away his car, he rode a recumbent bike with Mom leading the way on her own cycle. After retirement, he and Mom backpacked around England and Europe, using the Euro rail system to visit eleven countries. They liked to tell about the occasional meal eating peanut butter sandwiches from their packs or sleeping in a train station due to a missed connection. In these last years, we have humored him a bit over the publication of a novel, What's Your Name and a few chapters in a second. We all benefited from his spiritual journey. His early years in the Lutheran Church in Swedesburg and Luther's Smaller Catechism gave a good foundation for his later deep faith in Christ. We watched his involvement in churches and took on the same for ourselves. From classes at Moody Bible Institute to counseling at church camps, his desire to grow was matched by his love for home and others. Grandpa Emil and Grandma Edith, Wilma, Uncle Hal, Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty are already gone, but many of us remain: Martha, us kids, Linda (Skip) Hansen of Fosston, MN, Richard (Marjorie) Lauger of Luverne, MN, Karl (DeeDee) Lauger of Oak Park, Mark (Leslie) Lauger of Greenville, SC, Paul (Char) Lauger of Humboldt, IA, and Roger (Jackie) Lauger of St. Charles. Among us we have 23 kids (Dad's grandkids) and 21 grandchildren (Dad's great-grandchildren). Also remaining is one of our uncles, John Lauger of Evanston. Dad died at 5:04 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18. We all, family and friends, look forward to a grand reunion. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Village Bible Church, 847 N. Route 47, Sugar Grove. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the church with a visitation 1 hour prior to services. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Angel Tree, P.O. Box 1550, Merrifield, VA 22116. Arrangements are being handled by The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. For further information, please call 630-466-1330 or visit our website at www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Beacon News on Mar. 19, 2014
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