Larry was an educator and coach who loved working with kids through school, church, scouts, the old Teen-Age Center, and Belleville Parks and Recreation. He taught math at Grant School, Fairview Heights, IL, then went to Central Junior High School, Belleville, IL, for the majority of his career. Whatever team needed a coach or sponsor, he was there. Central was Larry’s second home and was where he and Pat fell in love. They truly enjoyed working with the students and extraordinary staff.
Larry’s volunteering spirit led him and Pat to callings at several churches to organize youth groups and Sunday school classes. That fulfilling a need attitude sent him to SWIC, East St. Louis, where he taught construction math after having retired from Central Junior High.
Larry spent many happy years traveling, excelling at various sports, fishing, hiking, camping, going to movies and always enjoying a meal with family and friends. He was an avid reader, excellent photographer, enjoyed playing trivia, and was great at cards and board games. He lived to be with family and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur F. and Florence M., nee McCormick, Lauth; one brother at birth, Gary Lauth; and his in-laws, W. Thomas and Rosemary Hall.
Surviving are his devoted wife, Patricia, nee Hall, Lauth, who was the love of his life for 45 years;
three wonderful children, John (Stephanie) Lauth, and their son, John Harrison;
Paul (Margaret) Lauth, and their sons Ethan David and Henry Calmann;
and daughter, Gail Lauth.
Also surviving are one sister, Janet (Ron) North, whom he adored;
one brother-in-law, Tom Hall,
and his children, Carlee Hall, Jared (Rachel Wofard) Hall,
and Blake (Liz Rosato) Hall, and their daughter, Ayrabella;
sisters-in-law, Anne (J.D.) Bocock,
and their sons, Michael Culler, George (Michelle) Culler,
and children, Kate Culler (Garrett Halpenny), Brittany Burke, and R.J. Schepers;
Barbara (Robert) Ridenour,
and their daughter, Andrea (Brian McNamara) Ridenour;
and Lynne (Bill) Nebel,
and their children Ryan Nebel, and Scott (Emily) Nebel,
and their children, Makayla and Caden Nebel;
other close relatives;
and dear friends, Tom, Cheryl, Matt and Darla,
Bill and Maureen, Vernell, Ron and Colleen,
Mary and Howard, Jo and Wally,
Mike and Marilyn, the Old Hy-Ho guys,
and the Rosewood lunch bunch.
We would like to thank everyone who came to visit Larry, sent him kind words, or kept our family in their prayers. Special thanks also go to those exceptional staff members who cared for Larry at Mercy (Rosewood) Care Center. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Irwin for his skill and kindness in managing Larry’s care, and our deepest appreciation to his compassionate staff. Also, we are extremely thankful for the care and comfort that was provided to Larry and our family through the Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Larry loved taking family and friends to the St. Louis Zoo and Botanical Gardens, so if you so choose, donations in his name would be appreciated. He also believed in everyone having an excellent education. You can help by supporting District 118’s Education Foundation, or your favorite youth program with a donation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel, Belleville, IL.
My deepest sympathy to Pat and the Lauth family. Larry was a favorite teacher of mine at CJH back in the mid 70’s. I also had the privilege to have both Pat and Larry as youth directors at Christ United Church of Christ during that same time. I have very fond memories of Larry and his teachings. May God comfort his family in their loss.
Kim (Petri) Nelson, Chesapeake , Virginia, 23323
My sympathy and many hugs to Pat and the whole family. I worked for several years with Pat at Emge School in Belleville. Pat and Larry are and have always been role models as educators, but more importantly, as Christians. I, therefore, celebrate with the family as Larry receives his reward. Isaiah 12:2
Lori Nolen, Owensville, Missouri, 65066
So sorry to see he passed. Had him at Central Jr High. Super nice man. great Math teacher. The angels are rejoicing! God Bless.
Sarah Simonson (Boide), Belleville, IL, 62226
When I read about Larry’s passing, I was deeply saddened. I remember him fondly. He was one of my favorite teachers at Central Jr. High and I remember our math classes. Also, we had so much fun with him and Pat with our youth group through Christ United Church of Christ. I vividly remember us all going to a Cardinals game in St. Louis together. Pat and Larry taught me how to whistle at that game (the whistle where you put two fingers from each hand and put them on the roof of your mouth…. BLOW.
I don’t remember who the Cardinals played,what year it was, what was the score or anything about the game. What I do remember is: I learned to whistle in 7 innings. Neither Larry or Pat gave up on me learning. Once a teacher, always a teacher. He was the best and I was blessed to know him and have him as a teacher!! Condolences to the entire Lauth family. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Diane Bruckner, Tacoma, Washington, 98405
The world lost a wonderful and kind person. I am so sorry for your loss, Gail. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.It is so wonderful that all his great qualities will still live on in you and your brothers.
Emily Sydow, Waterloo, Illinois, 62298
My deepest condolences to your family. Larry was a wonderful teacher and you both made junior high my favorite school years. What a tremendous loss for all.
Leigh (Richmond) Minix, Lantana, FL, 33462
so sorry for your loss prayers to the whole family. he will be missed by a lot. his students I remember Mr. and Mrs Lauth from Central and then my children had them at Emge he had an impart on so many lives God Bless you all
Mr &Mrs H.Schaedler & Family, Belleville, IL – Illinois, 62223
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Pat and the Lauth family. Larry was a friend and classmate in high school and his contributions to our class reunions has been greatly appreciated. Betty and I will keep you in our prayers and may God bless you and your family as he welcomes Larry into his new home.
Michael and Betty Luhning, Belleville, IL, 62221-3109
Dear Pat and family,
I just read about Larry’s passing. I am so sorry. May God bless you with peace of mind and everything else you need at this terrible time. Sincerely, Tricia Clayton
Tricia Clayton, Belleville, IL, 62220