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John J. ‘Jack’ Laux

July 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

DOLLAR BAY - John J. "Jack" Laux, 68, of Dollar Bay, passed away at Portage Health in Hancock on Saturday, July 7, 2012 following an apparent heart attack at his home.

He was born in Portage Township on December 26, 1943, a son of the late James A. and Edna V. (Sarazen) Laux. He attended St. Ignatius Loyola School in Houghton followed by graduation from Houghton High School in 1962. He also studied several other business and accounting courses.

Jack entered the U.S. Army, serving for three years at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. and in West Germany.

When he returned from the service, he married Patricia Morency on August 27, 1966 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Dollar Bay.

Jack began his working career in 1965 as office manager for Bosch Brewing Company in Houghton until it closed in 1973. He was then a Metropolitan Insurance agent for two years, worked at Mleko Construction Company in Baraga, Givens 1810 Furniture in Hancock and was the office manager for the Public Schools of Osceola Township for two years. He then worked as the general manager for Great Lakes Plastics for 30 years, retiring in 2009.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Dollar Bay, a member of the Dollar Bay Volunteer Fire Department for many years, serving as treasurer and trustee. He also served on the Dollar Bay School Board for eight years, the last two years as president.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and gardening. He especially loved being with his grandchildren and family.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Dollar Bay; two sons, Daniel (Kimberly) Laux of Chassell and Robert (Cheri) Laux of Tapiola; a daughter, Sandra (Jon) Houle of Dollar Bay; nine grandchildren; a sister, Virginia (Bill) Bingham of Portage Township; three brothers, Rudolph (Jean) Laux, Corbin (Helen) Laux and James (Patti) Laux, all of Alston; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special hunting buddy, Tim Engman; and many friends.

Private funeral services will be held in the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock with Fr. Brian Gerber to officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.



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