Edward C. Lauinger, 88, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Thursday evening, Aug. 30, 2018, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake.
Edward C. Lauinger, 88, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Thursday evening, Aug. 30, 2018, at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake. Mass of Christian Burial for Edward was held on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Visitation was held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday, Sept. 3 from 5 until 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 6:30 p.m. The Rosary was led by the Knights of Columbus with Reverend Mr. Ken Severinson, Deacon officiating the Scripture Service. Visitation on Tuesday was at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass. Ed will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team. Edward Conrad Lauinger was born on Jan. 26, 1930, on the family farm at Esmond, ND, the son of Ben and Margaret Lauinger. He was raised on the farm and attended Esmond Public School, graduating from Esmond High School with the class of 1948. From a young age, he helped on the farm, had his daily chores and for his entire life, took great pride in his farm boy roots. Always knowing the importance of hard work and providing for his family. Edward worked for a time on the Garrison Dam Project and also worked in Pontiac, Mich. Edward proudly served his country during the Korean War. He served with the United States Marine Corp, beginning in Feb. of 1952. He was stationed with the 1st Marine Air Wing in Japan and Korea, in charge of the fuel depot. He was honorably discharged from active duty on Feb. 20, 1954, with the rank of Corporal. After his discharge, he returned to Esmond and would marry his sweetheart, his beloved Naomi Alexander on Dec. 29, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They established their home in Devils Lake and would undertake many new adventures as a married couple and parents to their two sons. Naomi died on March 15, 1986. Ed was owner and operator of a new Phillips 66 Gas Stations for several years, started a small trailer court in the city, operated the Westinghouse Laundromat and had the first self-service car wash in Devils Lake. And while doing all of this, he always had a grain bin erecting crew on the job. He was known as the ‘Grain Bin King of the North’ and officially retired from that business at the age of 83. Ed had so many talents and so many honorable and memorable traits. He was a kind-hearted, generous man. As a gardener he always shared his produce with family and friends, he was so generous both monetarily and in giving of his time. As a member of the Esmond Alumni Association he never missed a reunion and again generous with donations of time, talent and much needed operating funds. He was always encouraging, lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was proud of his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and was such a good friend and neighbor to many. He was a true patriot and proud to serve his country. Edward was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and also enjoyed membership in the Elks Lodge and VFW Club. Ed married Mary Smith in Nov. of 1989. Edward is survived by his loving family. His sons, Edward Lauinger of Fargo and Bruce Lauinger of Devils Lake; grandchildren, Aaron (Erin) Lauinger, Minneapolis, Minn, Shane (Rachel) Lauinger, Hopkins, MN; Bethany Lauinger and Jade Lauinger both of Devils Lake; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Anna, Alex and Wyatt; sister, Lorraine Brewer, White Lake, MI; sisters-in-law, Teresa Lauinger, Esmond, Florence Lauinger, Hancock, MN, Donna Streifel and Ruth Alexander both of Devils Lake; many nieces, nephews and their families; and Mary Lauinger and her children, Terry Smith and Marla Myklebust and their families who lovingly called him grandpa and great-grandpa. He was preceded in death by; his parents; wife, Naomi; brothers, John, Leo and Benno Lauinger; sisters, Mary Axtman, Catherine Streifel and Ann Streifel; and other beloved family members.