Laatsch, John Joseph, Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at his home. Age 83 years. The son of the late Jessie M. (Theisen) and Reinhold R. Laatsch was born March 4, 1927 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School, Class of 1945. He married Gloria J. Schultz, June 16, 1951. She survives him. He served with the U.S. Army in France after WWII. He received his Bachelor or Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1951 followed by a Master’s degree in Special Education several years later. He spent most of his teaching career in the Saginaw Public Schools as an Industrial Arts teacher and Special Education teacher and Principal. He retired in 1986 with 33 years of service. John enjoyed the out of doors, travelling, woodworking and especially his family. Surviving besides his wife, Gloria, are four children and their spouses, Diane and Michael O’Donnell, Midland, MI; Kathy and Dave Estep, Freeland, MI; Lora and Russell Snyder, Jefferson City, MO; Gregg Laatsch, Litchfield, MI; four grandchildren, Chad Estep, Chicago, IL; Ryan Estep, Columbus, OH; Elizabeth O’Donnell, Lansing, MI; Lindy O’Donnell, St. Clair Shores, MI; his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Janet Laatsch, East Lansing, MI. He was predeceased by a son, Gary, June 16, 1987, and a brother Gerald. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Rev. Robert Lakey will officiate with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Chapel from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Friday and then on Saturday until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Delta College Foundation-Gary Laatsch Scholarship Endowment.