Posted: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012
Micheal E. Lauger was born March 26, 1940 in Iron Mountain, Mich. to Earl and Anne Lauger. He was the oldest of four children. His family moved from Iron Mountain to Appleton, Wis. when he was 11 where they ran the Butte Des Morts golf course.
Mike graduated from Neenah High School and shortly thereafter joined the United States Air Force. Mike married his high school sweetheart Barbara Olson on April 15, 1961. They had three children, Matt, Donna and Chris.
He attended college at Lake Superior College in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. His 20 years in the Air Force included two remote assignments of one year each. He spent a year on Easter Island and a year in Thailand. His last assignment was to Detachment 459 in Boulder in 1976.
He and his family found their home when they arrived in the Pinedale area. Mike made a sign for the back of his vehicle that read “I am not a native, but I got here as quick as I could.” Before coming to Pinedale, he was stationed at Chanute AFB, Ill.; Kincheloe AFB, Mich.; Lowry AFB, Colo.; McClellan AFB, Calif.; Quintera Detachment in Chile near Vina del Mar and Wheeler AFB, Hawaii.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mike leased the Boulder Store and Pub for five years. He then had Sunburst Satellites. In 1989, he was hired to run the Rendezvous Meadows Golf Course, which he and Barb ran for 17 years, retiring at the end of the 2005 season. Mike also got his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying for several years. His other interests included snow machining, fishing and hunting.
In his retirement, Mike fished, did woodworking, rock hunting and tree planting. He loved to cook and fixed a family dinner once a week for his children and grandchildren. He was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
Mike passed away Oct. 1. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Tom Lauger and sister Julie Soltvedt. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his three children Matt (Pam) Lauger, Donna (Mart) Morss, Chris (Donna) Lauger; sister Mary of Menasha, Wisc.; grandchildren Micki (Tyler) Sluyter, Bo Morss, Denver (Sara) Lauger, Jordan (Amber) Lauger, Madi Lauger, Nolan Ray Hyatt, Samantha (Robbie) Hackney, Rebell Lauger and his three great-grandchildren McKenzie and Maci Hackney and Austin Lauger.
Mike always had a great sense of humor, two of his favorite sayings were, “Anybody could do it that way” and “Never pass up the opportunity to shut up.”
A Funeral Mass for Mike was held Thursday at the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Pinedale. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Kickin’ Cancer in Sublette County or Our Lady of Peace Future Development Fund.