James Henry Lauterbach was born Oct. 4, 1929, to Henry and Faye Lauterbach.
Jim was native to the Columbia River Gorge, having been raised in White Salmon, Wash., and North Bonneville, Wash., finishing out his career, retirement and life in The Dalles, Ore. After high school, and just before entering his service to our country, Jim met Nancy Irene Minkoff. And she became the love of his life. They wed Nov. 22, 1952, and had just celebrated their love story, marking their 64th anniversary last month.
Jim did a wonderful job serving his country, family, community and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jim proudly served his country in the Navy, aboard the USS Gilligan (DE-508) Destroyer Escort, during the Korean War conflict. After returning home he was trained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to become a control room operator for the new dam being built in The Dalles. He was in place as an operator when the dam opened its spill gates in 1958 and he worked there until his retirement. During this period of his life, Jim was a wonderful husband to his wife Nancy and an amazing father to their four children.
Jim was faithful in serving his community and his church. For many years he was a volunteer firefighter, Boy Scout leader and church member. In his retirement, he spent 12 years at the Discovery Center museum in The Dalles helping people get the best experience and information about our beautiful area. He also served as security personnel at both Mid-Columbia Medical Center and the aluminum plant. Jim loved his church (St. Peter Catholic Church) and served in many capacities as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Merl (Cheryl); Brian (Michelle); daughter Karen McFall; and sister Lou Randall; plus many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his son Nick.
Thank you Lord for blessing our lives with this wonderful, loving, caring and oh so witty man.
James Lauterbach… what a great example and legacy you have left behind for all who knew you. You were consistent in showing us how to be a great husband, dad, grandfather, friend, and community leader. We are thankful that you were a part of our lives and we will miss you greatly!
Jim’s funeral service will be held this Saturday, Dec., 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles, Ore. Service to start at 11 a.m. and a Rosary to precede the service at 10:30 a.m.
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