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Lawrence Sauer

Lawrence Sauer, 89 of Webster died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Bethesda Home in Webster. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 1, 2012 at American Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial with Military Rites will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday 5-7 P.M. with a 7 P.M. prayer service. Lawrence Fred Sauer was born on Sunday, June 3, 1923 to Fred W. and Hannah (Pranky) Sauer on the Sauer family farm in Day County, South Dakota west of Webster. He was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Webster. He attended country school, Webster elementary school, Boy Scout Troop 28 and graduated from Webster High School in 1943. He entered the Army Air Corps in June 1943 and served during World War II where he was stationed in the Pacific Theatre, on the Island of Palawan in the Philippines and the Occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged in March 1946 and returned to Webster where he started Sauer Construction. He was united in marriage to Verona McCrea on May 28, 1955 at Webster. After their marriage the couple made their home in Webster where he continued to operate Sauer Construction. He retired in 1988 and in 1991, his son, Gary took over the business and Larry worked for him on a part-time basis. He was a member of American Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council and the Property Committee. He belonged to the American Legion where he was a member of the Color Guard and V.F.W. He served as Commander of both organizations. Larry was on the Webster City Council for thirteen years, the W.E.B. Water Board, Webster Transportation Board, was a senior volunteer at the Kat’s Place and was able to travel on the World War II Honor Flight. He was a Scout Master of Boy Scout Troops 33 and received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest council volunteer award. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, reading and playing cards. Larry passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 89 years, 3 months and 23 days. Survivors include his wife, Verona of Webster; one son, Gary (Connie) of Webster; one daughter, Carmen (Scott) Collins of Bagley, MN; three brothers, Luvern (Nadine) Sauer of Webster, SD, Leroy (Carol) Sauer of Santa Monica, CA and Kenneth Sauer of Watertown, SD; one sister, Gladys (Frank) Noble of Manchester, MO; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, two brothers and two sisters.

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I chatted with Larry in 2011 while researching my (and HIS) Muelling ancestors. He was was helpful and kind. Yes, Larry will be missed.

rONALD h. hAACK Oct 26 2012 12:00 AM

Saurer family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Sauer, as he was called by his scouts, taught me life lessons that I have never forgot. The influence he had over the years with the scouts in Troop 33, show his caring nature. He drove us to do our best, to do our duty, and do it to the best of our ability. He will be missed!

John Halbkat III Oct 1 2012 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Larry's passing, he was a great guy. Prayers go out to all.

Dan Bartos Sep 30 2012 12:00 AM

Larry Sauer was a serious yet easy-going man, a man who loved his family, his wife, his town, his country. He worked hard in his life and yet was blessed to be able to enjoy a wonderful retirement, being able to watch his grandchildren grow, his children transition to parents themselves. He always had a smile, a kind word and a good story to share. We weren't able to see them often, but Verona and Larry were important to their Minnesota cousins and I'm just happy that I, too, had the opportunity to get to know Larry. I'll never forget his warm handshake, a beautiful smile, the sparkle in his eyes and his attentiveness to Verona. He's now gone home to his Lord - no longer in any pain or illness - and he leaves us all with many memories. Our hearts go out to his wife and children and their families. May God bless you all and bring you peace.

Nancy Herther Sep 28 2012 12:00 AM

We are sorry to here the loss of a Dear Friend.

LeRoy & Carol Lautt Sep 28 2012 12:00 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers....

Brian and Lana Holland Sep 28 2012 12:00 AM

Vernona,Gary & Carmen My thoughts and prayers are with you. What fond childhood memories I have of our neighborhood on 3rd street. There was always so much going on then, Larry always took the time to say hello & chat awhile. Remember those memories as you go through this sad time. Thinking of you... Karen Baumgarn Jaquet

Karen Baumgarn Jaquet Sep 28 2012 12:00 AM

Larry was a great man. I met him many years ago at a Troop 33 Court Of Honor. I remember when I shook his hand and heard his raspy voice, I liked him right away. He had a special spirit about him that was contageous. He had an impact on youth in Webster through Scouting that will never die. Rest in peace Lawrence Sauer. You deserve it.

Steve Hall Sep 27 2012 12:00 AM