Robert “Bob” Lauters, 75, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City surrounded by his family.
Robert “Bob” Lauters, 75, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City surrounded by his family. He was born September 19, 1937 on the family farm near Marcus, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Mary Balster Lauters and was a graduate of Holy Name High School in Marcus. A Dodge City resident for the past 31 years, moving from Plainview, Neb., he was an Area Sales Manager for Vigortone. He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Knights of Columbus Council 2955 both in Dodge City. On February 7, 1959 he married Barbara Kass at LeMars, Iowa. Survivors include his wife, Dodge City; six children, Pam Miller and husband Earl, Dakota Dunes, S.D., Jim Lauters, Norfolk, Neb., Mike Lauters and wife Lori, Pierce, Neb., Scott Lauters and wife Angie, Temecula, Calif., Amy Hofer and husband Nick, Carlsbad, Calif., and Jeff Lauters and fiancÚ, Michelle Neel, Las Vegas, Nev.; four brothers, Pete Lauters and Doug Lauters both of Marcus, Dan Lauters, Garner, Iowa and Larry Lauters, Runnels, Iowa; two sisters, Audrey Delperdang, Remsen, Iowa and Marlene Boyle, Danberry, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Erin Zierke, Steven Lauters, Austin Miller, Cessia Lauters, Amanda Miller, Tony Lauters, Hailey Hofer and Grace Hofer; two great-grandchildren, Colby Lauters and Lawson Zierke; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Lauters and May Balster Lauters, and a sister, Jeannine Dreckman. Bob will long be remembered for his friendliness, kind heart and generous spirit. A true champion, he fought the good fight to the end. He spent his final days in the ICU surrounded by his entire family and when a friend asked how the world was treating him he looked around the room and replied from beneath an oxygen mask, “absolutely perfect.” That was Bob, always was one to look on the bright side of things. So bright was his light that not once did he complain despite the severe pain he was in-but rather spent his energy on listening to his grandsons, winking at his pretty granddaughters and smiling at his six grown children regaling favorite childhood tales with a twinkle in his eyes. He loved and cherished his wife Barbara for over 54 years, and with her by his side he took his last breath. He will be missed for his playful sense of humor, his laughter, his strength, his devotion to his family and friends, his integrity and his way of lighting up any room he walks into. Vigil service was 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Fr. Ted A. Skalsky presiding. Burial will be in the Marcus Amherst Cemetery, Marcus, Iowa. Memorials to the donor's choice in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.