John “Jack” R. Laudenbach, 86, Sartell
September 10, 1929 - November 14, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30AM Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Jack Laudenbach who passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 14th after a courageous battle with cancer. Rev. Timothy Baltes will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00PM Monday, November 16th, 2015 and one hour prior to the services all at church. Parish prayers will be prayed at 7:30PM at Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Jack was born and raised in St. Augusta, MN on the Frank and Marcella (Schill) Laudenbach family farm. He graduated in 1947 from St. Cloud Technical High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, as a member of the 45th infantry division, with the 120th Combat Engineer Battalion holding and earning rank from Private to Sergeant. Jack met Dorine Kerfeld at a local dance hall and they married on September 11, 1956 in St. Rosa, MN. They moved to Sartell in 1962 to raise their family. Jack was a member of St. Francis Xavier parish since 1962, and served as an usher, on several funding committees, and was a member of the cemetery board.
Jack worked at the Sartell paper mill from August 1955 to October 1994, including 5 years as a shift supervisor before retirement. He was a member of Local Union #274 and was involved in the Union for 20 years, which included positions serving as a union steward, treasurer, and vice president. He was a member of Sartell-LeSauk Volunteer Fire department for 22 years before retiring. And then became a charter member of Retired Engine Co. #844 and served as treasurer for 5 years. He also served as treasurer for the Sartell-Le Sauk Fire Dept. and the Fire Dept Relief Association for 20 years.
He was also a life member of VFW Post #428 in St. Cloud, a member of American Legion Post #428, a member of Catholic War Veterans Post #1831, and a member of the past Nocturnal Adoration Society.
Faith, family and fun were most important to him. He loved gardening, MN Twins baseball games and playing cribbage. We are blessed to savor many precious memories of camping trips, fun at the family cabin in Hackensack, Fall Bouja Fest and of him always thinking of others before himself. His sense of humor and kindness towards others will remain in our hearts.
Jack is survived by wife, Dorine, Sartell and children/spouses: Alan and Terri Laudenbach, Sartell, Carla Long, St. Cloud, Lori and Chuck Braegelmann, St. Cloud, Brian and Monica Laudenbach, Sartell, Lynn and Rod Traut, Sartell, and Amy and Jeff Theisen, Sauk Rapids. Also survived by 11 grandchildren (Sarah, Darrin, Caley, Kimberly, Elle, Jalen, Riley, Robin, Paige, Moriah, Jason), and 3 great grandsons (Brady, Logan, Layken) and he had a special place in his heart for the family pets. He is also survived by his brothers Harvey, Russell, Gary, Tom, and Bob Laudenbach, and his sisters Carol Lenzmeier, Barbara Schuldt and his twin sister, Jackie Koshiol.
Waiting for him in heaven are his son Eric, his parents Frank and Marcella, his sisters Audrey Cremers, Marion Hansen and Kathleen Lommel, and 2 infant brothers Joseph and Franklin.
Special thanks to the staff at Country Manor Campus, Centracare Hospice and the many medical professionals that supported Jack during his illness.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier School in Sartell.