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Thomas J. "Tom" Lauer
Thomas J. CrossThomas J. ďTomĒ Lauer, 79 of Prospect passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 after almost a 2-year battle with cancer. Tom is now home in heaven visiting with his family.

He was born December 27, 1940 in Marion to the late Paul Edward and Blanche (Penry) Lauer. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Gary Lauer.

Tom was a long-time member of Prospect Baptist Church. He graduated from Prospect High School in 1958. After graduation Tom did many jobs. He drove a truck and picked up milk cans, he went on the road helping Paul Dirksen show cattle, he worked at Tecumseh Products until it closed and then went to Marion Correctional and North Central Correctional from where he retired. Tom had farmed for many years and it was his greatest love to be in the fields. He passed this love on to his children He grew up on the family farm that had been passed down for many generations. Tom also was in the Ohio National Guard and was a member of the Prospect K of P for over 50 years.

Tom loved to travel and see new places with Carol. Including Alaska and Hawaii they traveled through 48 states. Nova Scotia and the parks and sights of the west were his favorites spots. He liked his motorcycles when he had them and enjoyed taking Emma on rides. He loved his family and enjoyed being around them. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren.

Tom is survived by his wife, Carol (Upp) Lauer (of almost 53 years), Prospect; his son, Todd (Jenny) Lauer, Prospect; his daughter, Stephanie (Scott) Forry, Morral; grandchildren, Tyler (Khiara) Forry; Emma Forry (financee Nick Lehner). Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Dan Upp and Betsy Bell, Connecticut; Mike (Becky) Upp, Indiana; Pat (Shay) Upp, Delaware; Dave (Martha) Upp, Gahanna; sisters-in-law, Cheryl (Duane) VanHouten, Sunbury; Melanie (Tim) Kelley, Tennessee; plus many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Prospect Cemetery with Pastor Debra Moreland officiating. Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood. Friends attending the calling hours are required to wear masks and practice social distancing while inside the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prospect Baptist Church, 213 North Elm Street, Prospect, OH 43342 or a charity of the donorís choice.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Linda Raupp
Richwood
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Sorry for your loss. I will always remember the times spent with him. I too miss him dearly. God bless



#2 from: Dave Deb (Tevis) Clayton
Marion
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 2:13 PM

Carol and families,
As former neighbors, we're so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers.
Dave & Deb



#3 from: Jim
Pioneer
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 2:19 PM

To the family,
So sorry for your loss.



#4 from: Stanley Lauer
 
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Godspeed on your journey to the Unknown Shore
Your Pythian Brothers at Durward Lodge 153



#5 from: Rita Rubeck Parker
10484 Hoskins Road
Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 6:46 PM

My sincere sympathy to Carol and family.  Always enjoyed seeing Tom in Richwood.  Remember all the special times together.  Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS librarian 1965-1996



#6 from: Randall & Anna Smith
new hampshoire
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 6:39 AM

We lived across the road on Prospect Norton rd. only for 6 years but Tom taught me how to grow for that I'm thankful



#7 from: Nancy Clute Wiley
Richwood
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 7:29 AM

Carol,
So sorry for to hear of Tom's passing.  My prayers are with you and the family.  I know the love you shared will last a lifetime and the memories will hold him dear to you all forever.  May God give you strength at this difficult time.  God Bless.



#8 from: David  and Judith Gast
Marion
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 9:03 AM

Dear Carol.  We are sorry to hear about Tom's passing and offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.



#9 from: Becky Roberts Bertke
Marion
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Carol, so sorry for your loss of Tom. He was such a good hearted man. Prayers to you and your family.



#10 from: Tom and Sharon Ackerman
Wilmington, Ohio
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 10:52 AM

Carol. And family,

We were so sorry to hear of Tomís passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you



#11 from: CAROLYN HENDERSON
MARION
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 11:49 AM

Carol, family, and friends

My heart breaks, for I know, all too well, the pain and sorrow, you're going through.
RIP, Tom~~~the pain is over and you're walking the streets of gold



#12 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 1:28 PM

Carol, and family,
 So sorry to hear about Tom.  I know what a good father and husband he must have been.  I will be praying for you and your family.



#13 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West  AZ†
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Carol and family,
I send my condolences to you today. Tom was a fine man. Our family watched him grow up and become a wonderful son to his parents as well as a wonderful husband and father. May you hold your memories forever close to your hearts. God bless you as you face the future without him.

Pauline Oehler




#14 from: Candy & Mark Rinnert
Palmetto Fl.
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 6:56 PM

Carol & Family, We were so sorry to hear of Tom's passing, but you know he is at peace now.  We all have many good memories of Tom. Our prayers go out to you & your family.

With all our love,   Mark & Candy



#15 from: Vickie Mcgowan
Prospect
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 8:18 PM

Condolences to Carol and the family. Tom will be missed. He was such a nice, kind man. Enjoyed Fellowshiping  with his at Prosepct Baptist Church.



#16 from: Kathleen Seiter
Prospect
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 5:34 AM

I knew Tom in a different way. Tom was a devoted son. He was a kind and caring person. He always looked on the bright side.



#17 from: Lynn and Helen Slemmons
Prospect, Ohio
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 11:26 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Toms passing. Such a neat guy. Our prayers are with you Carol and your family. God Bless!



#18 from: Sue McBride Bails
125 E. Ottawa Richwood
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 2:13 PM

Carol, so sorry to hear about Tom, you and your family are in my thoughts.



#19 from: Tisha (Gerfen) Hilliker
Waldo
Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 10:25 PM

Im so sorry to hear this I loved waiting for Mr Lauer to come over to bring our milk to us ..Dad always spoke very highly of family..My prayers are with you all



#20 from: Richard & Diane Mault
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Condolences to Carol and family. We send our thoughts and prayers.



#21 from: Richard Lauer
Cresson, Texas
Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 2:57 PM

Tommy was always happy to let me help milk and hang out at the house with Aunt Blanche and Mrs. Penry. He was the go to guy when I wanted info on those big Brown Swiss cows.
So sorry for your loss! God Bless!



#22 from: Dick and Ruth Fryman
Delaware
Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 7:47 PM

Carol,  
So sorry for your loss. May God hold His loving arms around you and your family in these trying times.
Blessings



#23 from: Brian E. Napper
Marion
Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 2:01 AM

I just learned of Mr. Lauer's passing. He was a good man. His kids and grand kids are excellent people. I do believe he had a big hand in their development. I hope that GOD will comfort his family.






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