May 26, 1929 - September 30, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Arnold P. Lauer, age 88, who passed away Saturday at the St. Cloud Hospital. He had been a resident at Edgewood Senior Living in Sartell since 2016, but lived most of his life in St. Joseph. Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB will officiate and burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, both in the Heritage Hall at the church. Parish Prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Heritage Hall.

Arnold was born on May 26, 1929 in Roscoe to Leo and Mary (Kalthoff) Lauer. He lived there until his family moved to Eden Valley and settled there, along with his 10 brothers and sisters. Arnold served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, mostly as an interpreter in Germany, until his discharge in 1954. On August 31, 1954 he married Anna May Ehresmann of Richmond. They made their home in St. Joseph and together raised five children: Mary (Dave) Menzhuber of St Joseph, Mark (Nona) of Sartell, Kevin (Dana) of Alexandria, David of Sartell, and Karen (Eric) Baskin of Urbandale, IA.

Arnold worked as a carpenter his entire professional life, which included many years as a self-employed craftsman, until he retired in 1999. He was a devout member of the Church of St Joseph. He also belonged to the St. Joseph American Legion Post #328, St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622 and the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council #7057. In addition to being a skilled carpenter, Arnold also enjoyed spending time fishing area lakes and was a faithful fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Survivors include his children; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence (Mary); sisters, Rose (George) Funk, Rita (Sr. Juliana, O.S.B.), Clara (John) Ruiz; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna May in 2016; son, David in 2017; parents; brothers, Andy and John; and sisters, Ledwina (infant), Matilda Lauer, Veronica Solinger, Frances Watkins and Marie Ehresmann.