Elmer Paul Laut, Jr.

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Elmer Paul Laut Jr., 96, of Belleville, IL, born October 30, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, February 14, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Laut belonged to the first graduating class of Belleville Junior College. He retired from General American Life Insurance Co., where he worked as the accounting manager for more than 31 years. He served as Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy with the Belleville Elks. Paul was also a member of the Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge, the Belleville Exchange Club, the Belleville Jaycees, and the Eagle Scouts. Mr. Laut was a U. S. Army veteran, served in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

Paul was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Phillips; his parents, Elmer P. Laut Sr. and Idel, nee Smith, Laut; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Mary, nee Bryant, Phillips; and a brother-in-law, Russell Phillips.

Surviving are his wife of 73 years, Christine V. Laut, nee Phillips, whom he married on July 24, 1948; two daughters, Terry Colosi, of St. Louis, MO, and Jody (Jim Reyes) Reimler, McKinney, TX; and a brother-in-law, Elgee (Jeanette) Phillips.

Memorials may be made to the Elks National Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, February 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. An Elks ritual will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 21, 2022, at the funeral home. Masks are required

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Monday, February 21, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.



5 Comments on Elmer Paul Laut, Jr.

Denver Russ said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2022 at 7:41 AM

My sincere sympathy to Cris and children! Paul was a great mentor who saw me through the officer chairs in the Elks and helped me through ER and District Deputy to the Grand Exalted chairs.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary Spaeth said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2022 at 12:03 PM

My condolences to Chris, Terry and Jody. I learned a lot working with Paul at General American and we had fun everyday. And can’t forget the good times at the Elks Club - lots of fond memories from work and the Elks - RIP Paul

  • Peoria
  • Arizona
Paul Heacock said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2022 at 12:14 PM

I' so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. He was my first boss at General American and taught me a lot. I will always be grateful to have known Paul.

  • Olathe
  • KS
Angela said : Guest Report Feb 18, 2022 at 5:49 PM

Sorry for your loss you have my deepest condolences and prayers. Mr. Laut was one of my favorite residents my time at St. Paul's, he knew who I was exactly and let it be known. He never let me for get who he was, nor Mrs. Christine always called me, the boss or the girl in red. I'm going to truly miss him. FLY HIGH MY ANGEL FLY HIGH

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tony Wasser said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2022 at 10:47 AM

Sorry to hear about Paul. I was in contact with him until he moved to Saint Pauls. I learned a lot about the Belleville Elks lodge. Because of him, he made sure I memorized the required rituals. Also his dedication to Elks Westhaven & Bath. Also, the matriculated note book he had with him at all times. I have many more memories.

  • Swansea
  • Ill

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