TRAVERSE CITY — Glenn T. Lautner, 91, of Traverse City, passed away at Grand Traverse Pavilions while in the arms of his loving family on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
He was born on Monday, July 3, 1922, to the late Theodore and Alice (Courtade) Lautner in Traverse City. He married Beatrice F. Herkner on Saturday, May 29, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he and Bea are still members.
Glenn was a lifelong dairy and cherry farmer and worked for Northern Stainless Steel until 1989.
After retiring Glenn volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul.
He enjoyed family get-togethers, watching his grandchildren, feeding the birds, woodworking and gardening.
A man of few words, he had a gentle heart and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Glenn is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Beatrice; his loving children, Theresa (Marvin) Weber, of Grawn, Carolyne (Daniel) Sheffer, of Cedar, Colleen (Melvin) Horton, of Traverse City, Helen Sheffer, of Traverse City, Debra (Michael) Brief, of Beulah, Edith (Steven Wheelock) Cox, of Traverse City, Edward (Sandra Lueck) Lautner, of Traverse City, Carrie (Raymond) Aprill, of Cedar, and Roseann (Gerald) Overmyer, of Interlochen; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Rita (Ed) Schopieray; and his brother-in-law, Leo Panek.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Loretta (Adam) Panek-Miser, Vera Lautner Panek, Sylvester Lautner and Fritz (Estella) Lautner.
Visitation for friends and family will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where visitation will take place one hour prior to the Mass. Graveside committal services will be held at Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Glenn’s name may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Please share your memories of Glenn with his family by way of the online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.