Elmer Ray Lauterbach
Elmer Ray Lauterbach
  • June 10, 1936 - October 29, 2017
  • Pleasant Plains, Illinois

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Elmer Ray Lauterbach, 81, of Pleasant Plains, passed away on October 29, 2017 at St. John's Hospice Care Unit. At the time of his passing, Elmer was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born on June 10, 1936 in Springfield to Harry William and Edith Mae Lowry Lauterbach. Elmer married Alice Marie Gates on November 23, 1957 and she preceded him in death on July 1, 2013.
Mr. Lauterbach is survived by his children: son Michael Steven, wife Kari Jo Lauterbach and their daughter Kaitlynn Alexis Lauterbach; son Randall Ray, wife Sonya Marie Lauterbach, Randall's daughter Karissa Lynn Lauterbach and Scott Lowe her companion, Sonya's son Allen Schroll Jr and his wife Andrea, Sonya's son Kinney Schroll and Racheal Dotson his companion; son Ronald Douglas Lauterbach, Great Grandchildren: Macie & Joshua Schroll; Riley, Aidan and Abel Dotson, and Megan Schroll, one sister Norma Jean Lauterbach and one sister-in-law Maryann Eileen Ruh. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Harry Charles and Carl William Lauterbach and one sister Edith Barbara Gerry.
He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elmer, known by his friends as "Jocko" is a retired member and former Union President of the Painters and Allied Trades Union, having served 3 - 3 year terms as President for Local 1168. He retired on February 1, 1999. After his retirement he enjoyed going out to eat every weekend with his son Ron. Elmer enjoyed going to the races, at the State Fair, with his son Randy.
Elmer was a former member of the Aqua Sports Club where he enjoyed playing horseshoes most every weekend.
Elmer enjoyed bowling and bowled in several leagues during the week. Dad also enjoyed bowling with Mom on Sunday afternoons at Strike and Spare East in The Aqua Sports Club bowling league. Jocko also set a new record with his oldest son Michael, becoming the first father and son to each shoot a 700 series on the same team. Jocko was leadoff and Michael was anchor. That was Elmer's only 700 series. He also shot the State Tournament with his son Michael in Decatur just before retiring from the game.
Elmer loved being around his family more than anything else. He was extremely happy when he got to play with his Grandchildren and his beloved dog, Baby.
We will have a Celebration of Life for both Elmer and Marie on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road. All Family and Friends are welcome to come and share some stories with us. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.