Donald Conrad Lauterbach, Sr., age 87, of Selbyville, DE, passed away on November 27, 2023, in Bolivia, NC. He was born on October 16, 1936, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Donald was baptized at Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church, and attended Southern High School in Baltimore. He was proud to complete his GED with four children at home, with the encouragement of one of his employers. Donald worked at Domino Sugar, National Bohemian, Proctor Silex, and United Parcel Service. He retired from UPS after 29 years, and moved to Delaware’s Eastern Shore with his wife Louise.
Donald’s biggest joy in life was his family. He leaves behind his four children, Donald Lauterbach, Jr., and his wife Lois of Baltimore, MD, Mark Lauterbach, Joyce Cason and her husband Randall, Kris Larson and her husband Dean, all of Leland, NC.; his grandchildren, Luke Cason and wife Skyler of Clinton, NC, Matthew Cason USN of Oahu, Hawaii, Brooke Larson and Delaney Larson of Greenville, NC, and newborn great-granddaughter Harleigh Cason of Clinton, NC. Donald wanted to live to see all his grandchildren graduate from high school. He exceeded that goal, living to see a college graduation, a wedding and knew of the birth of his first great-grandchild. Donald is preceded in death by his parents William and Marie Lauterbach of Baltimore, MD, his brother and sister-in-law William and Harriet Lauterbach, and nephew Eric Lauterbach of Lady Lakes, FL. He is also survived by his niece Tracy Lauterbach Dennis, her son Adam Lauterbach of Berlin, MD, and several sister and brother in laws.
Donald’s journey was lightened by the love of his life, his wife Louise Dawn Lauterbach of Baltimore, MD. Don and Louise shared 63 years of marriage, living in their dream home during retirement in Selbyville, DE, prior to her passing in 2021. Don enjoyed watching the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens on television and attended several games in person. He was a member of the Moose and Elk’s Lodges over several decades. Donald enjoyed coaching and watching all of his children and grandchildren participating in various sports through the years. He was very proud of his two sons in laws service in the US Navy, and the military service of his two grandsons. He enjoyed traveling with Louise along with his youngest daughter Kris and her family. Don’s oldest daughter Joyce committed herself to her parents’ care over the past three years, relentlessly advocating on their behalf. Don also enjoyed crab feasts and bull and oyster roasts with his two sons along with attending his high school reunions in Baltimore.
A Celebration of Donald’s life will be held privately. The family wishes to thank the medical staff of various facilities for Donald’s care the past several months.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Leland Chapel. Please leave condolence messages for Donald’s family on his Tribute Wall at www.wilmingtoncares.com