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Melvin Lauer, 95 - January 15, 2016

Melvin Leonard Lauer, 95, of Holdrege passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at the Holdrege Memorial Homes.
Services will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege with the Rev. Jamie Strickler officiating. Interment will be at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege with military honors provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post No. 66 in conjunction with the United States Army National Guard Honors Team.
Lauer was born Oct. 18, 1920, on a family farm northwest of Cozad in Dawson County, the second of five children born to William Henry and Minnie (Mueller) Lauer.
He received his education from rural school Districts No. 30 and No. 82 in Dawson County until the sixth grade, then beginning his lifelong career and passion of farming.
On Aug. 12, 1951, he was united in marriage to LaVon Schmeeckle in Dawson County. To this union, two sons were born.
Lauer and his family made their home in Dawson County, and in 1952, moved to a family farm in Phelps County, where they worked side-by-side to run the farming and cattle operation.
He was very proud to be one of the first farmers in the area to install an irrigation well, according to family members. He was a man of many trades, including electrician and carpentry. He wired numerous homes throughout his lifetime and built the family home in 1961.
His wife preceded him in death in 1971 as a result of a farming accident.
?On Nov. 24, 1973, he was united in marriage to Delilah (Hodge) Miller. The couple continued to reside on the farm. Lauer retired from farming in 2001.
?Lauer enjoyed square dancing and card playing, but most of all, loved spending time with all of his children and grandchildren, the family stated. He was an active member of the Bethel Lutheran Church.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, William and Minnie; his first wife, LaVon in 1971; his second wife, Delilah in 2010; a sister, Irene Janssen; brother-in-law, Raymond Janssen; sister-in-law, Jolene Lauer.
Survivors include: his sons—James (Margery) Lauer of Kearney and Norris (Naomi) Lauer of Plano, TX; two step-daughters—Marsha Shriver of Holdrege and Elaine (Jerry) Waggoner of York; eight grandchildren—Kelly Waggoner, Tim Waggoner, Brad Thompson, Amy (Thompson) Dunn, Phillip Lauer, Kyla (Lauer) Trumble, Lorena (Lauer) Boynton and Lance Lauer; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; three brothers—Robert (Jeanette) Lauer and Roland (Norma) Lauer, all of Gothenburg, and Willard (Audrey) Lauer of Wichita, KS; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.