William D. Laue

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William D. “Bill” Laue, age 65, of Cresco, IA, died Monday, July 08, 2013 at the Howard Residential Care Facility in Cresco, IA. William Diedrich Laue was born in Elma, IA, on January 24, 1948, to Herman and Clara (Stevenson) Laue and grew up on a farm near Maple Leaf. He graduated in 1966 from Crestwood High School in Cresco, IA. Bill married Janice Kay Abbas on January 21, 1967, at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA. The couple had four children. After high school Bill worked at John Deere in Waterloo until 1972. The couple started farming and in 1973 purchased a farm near Maple Leaf where they raised their family. The couple later divorced. Bill started working for the Donaldson Company, Inc. in Cresco in 1977, and was a member of UAW Local #120. He eventually retired from farming, moved to Cresco, and retired from Donaldson’s in 1998. Bill was a member of St. Paul’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Elma. Bill is survived by his children, Michael (Carleen) Laue of Charles City, IA, Michelle (Robert) Sievert of Claremore, OK, Melissa (Gerry) Pickar of Nowata, OK, and Mitch (Deb Nichols) Laue of Waverly, IA; his sisters, Maxine Friedrich of Elma, IA, Alice (Dean) Schroeder of Chester, IA, Anne Mae Wolfgram of Fairbank, IA, and Sharon (Gary) Zajik of Charles City, IA; his brothers, Dale (Sharon) Laue of Elma, IA, and Gary (Ann) Laue of Phoenix, AZ; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Clara Laue; his sisters, Linda Fogarty and Donna Frederickson; his brothers-in-law Lloyd Friedrich and Darol Wolfgram and two nephews, Lonnie Friedrich and Bill Wolfgram. Cemetery: Burial will be in Saratoga Township Cemetery in Saratoga, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Funeral services for Bill have been set for 10:30am, Friday, July 12, 2013 at St. Paul's Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Elma with Pastor Dan Christensen officiating.

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  1. My deepest sympathies. Billy was great. My aquarian pal. He will be very missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I guess we knew this day was going to come eventually, hard to believe it is here. May he rest in peace and be safely in heaven. Here’s to keeping his good memories alive.

  2. Bill,
    It was great to know you. I always liked it when you came to the shows Mitch and I played. You will be greatly missed.

  3. Our sympathy is extended to the entire family of Billy. So sorry to read this this morning. I will let Mom know.

  4. Dale and Family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Bill was a good man.
    (he sure looked a lot like your Dad)


  5. I got stuck in a snow drift many many years ago It was very late at nite. Over the hill comes a car with Bill n Jan. They pushed me out. Thanks for being my angels and helping me.

  6. My condolences to the family at losing Bill at this early age. I know my son Jeff was quite fond of him.

  7. My deepest and most sincere sympathies to the entire Laue family. May God bless and heal each and every one of you.

  8. Sending condolences on the passing of Bill. Will miss seeing him on the street with his “wheels”. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless his life.

  9. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man should die, can he live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

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