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Obituary: Virgil L. Lauth

Sep 20, 2016 11:29AM, Published by Jim, Categories: Obituaries Obituary

Virgil L. Lauth

Virgil L. Lauth, age 90, a well-known and well-loved local businessman, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

Visitation for Virgil will be at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Beaver Dam on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Michael J. Erwin beginning at 12:00 noon.

Virgil Leonard Lauth was born on March 19, 1926 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to the late Ernst and Amelia (Soldner) Lauth.  He graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1944.  Virgil served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.  On January 24, 1953, he was united in marriage with Patricia M. Charon at St. Anthony de Padua in Milwaukee.  While still in high school, Virgil began working for Omick & Schram Cleaners in Beaver Dam.  In 1960, he purchased the business which became known as Beaver Cleaners and Launderers.  Virgil also farmed throughout his life and loved his flower and vegetable gardens.  He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish where he served on various committees including treasurer of the St. Patrick’s Bingo committee for many years.  He was a generous man and supported his community in various ways including being a leader for the Leipsic 4-H Club, supporting the Dodge County 4-H and the Beaver Dam Watermark, and as a Patron of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater.  Virgil was a member of the John E. Miller American Legion Post #146 in Beaver Dam and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus
Pope John XXIII Council #1837.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Lauth of Beaver Dam; seven children, Leonard Lauth, of Beaver Dam, Janet (Fred) Minnig of Beaver Dam, Thomas (Terry) Lauth of Eyota, MN, Rita (Jack) Rhodes of Beaver Dam, Mike (Lori) Lauth of Waterloo, Nancy (Paul) Thompson of DeForest, and Mary Pat (Bill) Boschert of Beaver Dam; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; two sisters, Carol (Ray) Ulbricht of Beaver Dam and Ruth (Chuck) Miller of St. Germain; a brother-in-law, Jim Reabe of Beaver Dam; a sister-in-law, Audrey Lauth of Beaver Dam; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; a year old son, Richard; a brother, Arnold Lauth; and a sister, Anita Reabe.

Virgil will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all those he touched throughout his entire life.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at


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