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 LaVern Francis Lautner

LaVern Francis Lautner

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
Death 6 Dec 2003 (aged 81)
Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
Burial Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
Plot Catholic New Lot 106 Space 4
Memorial ID 49455748 · View Source
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Age 81y. S/O Joseph & Florence (Courtade) Lautner. Married Maxine W Draper May 11, 1943.

TRAVERSE CITY - LaVern F. Lautner, 81, of Traverse City, went home to be with his Lord Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003.
LaVern was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Traverse City, the son of Florence (Courtade) and Joseph Lautner. On May 11, 1943, he married the former Maxine W. Draper.

A farmer by trade, LaVern had lived in the Traverse City area his entire life. In 1943, he began working for his grandfather and ran the Courtade farm. In later years, he worked for the Traverse City State Hospital and at Parsons Corporation.

LaVern had been employed by the City of Traverse City, working in the street department, and had been employed there for 13 years at the time of his retirement in 1985.
LaVern never lost his love of farming and always had a garden. He was well-known for giving his vegetables and flowers to friends and family. He loved animals and loved to fix things or improve them.

A member of Bible Baptist Church, one of LaVern's many joys was spending time with his grandchildren.

LaVern is survived by his wife, Maxine; his children, Larry (Terri) Lautner, Loren (Sandy) Lautner, Dan (LuAnn) Lautner, all of Traverse City, Jim (Sally) Lautner of Wilson, Janice Lautner of Traverse City and Jeff (and friend, Tammy Ransom and her son, Larry Ransom) Lautner of Lake Ann; 16 grandchildren, Larry Lautner Jr. and Tiffany Lautner, Dan, Kim and Kari Lautner, Tammy Strickland, Mark Lautner, Michelle Johnson, Riki Kirshner and Jesse Gorzinski, Jamie, Jesse and Joseph Correll, Christian DeWitt and Sarah Lautner; 18 great-grandchildren; his brothers and sister, Ralph (Mary) Lautner, Cletus (Marie) Lautner and Cleo Cavitch. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Arlene Lautner.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Tod Lautner, Ricky, Scott and John Lautner; and by his brother, Jerome Lautner.

Visitation will take place today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 1915 Cass Rd., Traverse City.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Bible Baptist Church, with Pastor Jerry Bauman officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Bible Baptist Church.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful care LaVern received from his Bortz Health Care "family."

The family is being served by The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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  • Maintained by: Jean Quentmeyer
  • Originally Created by: Kathleen (McCollom) Farley
  • Added: 9 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49455748
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LaVern Francis Lautner (28 Nov 1922–6 Dec 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49455748, citing Oakwood Catholic Cemetery, Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Jean Quentmeyer (contributor 46589738) .