Vernon G. Lauer, age 86, of Winter, WI and formerly of Hayward, WI passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Pigeon Fall Health Care Center.
Vernon Gene Lauer was born June 13, 1933 in Lake Villa, IL the son of Clarence and Pearl (Powis) Lauer. Vern was raised in Gurnee, IL and attended school in that area. He graduated from Warren High School in Gurnee and then joined the U.S. Army on June 1, 1953. Vern served for two years during the Korean War and earned the National Defense Service Medal. After his honorable discharge on May 31, 1955 Vern returned to Illinois where he began a career in machine repair for Johnson Motors. Vern worked for Johnson Motors until 1983 when he retired. He moved to Hayward, WI in 1987 to pursue his passion for fishing. He also worked for Northern Lakes Coop and Tony’s Fireside Restaurant in the Hayward area. For over 60 years of his life he enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada. He was an avid fisherman, reader of western novels, telling fishing stories, avid Green Bay Packer and Chicago White Sox fan.
Vern is survived by his children, Steve (Jessica) Lauer of Chetek, WI, David Lauer of Osseo, WI, Jeffery (Jeanne) Lauer of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Paul Lauer of Kenosha, WI, Bryan (Marissa) Lauer of Chicago, IL, Bridget (Christopher) Lauer of Glen Gardner, NJ, Mark VanHoutum of Chicago, IL, and Kristie Bleers (Paul) of Naperville; nineteen grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Ronald, Lester, Warren, Tom and Norman Lauer and one sister, Elaine Shook.
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