James Lauterbach was born on March 28, 1932 in Reinbeck, Iowa in Grundy County. His parents were Ed Lauterbach and Esther Meewes Lauterbach. He was the fourth of sixth boys in this family. He died on August 27, 2012 at the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa after a brief illness.
Jim grew up in Reinbeck, but moved with his family to Waterloo in 1942. He graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1949. He served his country in the Marines during the Korean War and then graduated from the State College of Iowa (U.N.I) in 1956. He worked from DX-Sunray Oil Company for many years and later worked for Doolittle Oil in Des Moines. During the oil crisis in 1974, he was responsible for allocating the short supply of gasoline to the service stations in Iowa. He retired in 1997, but stayed in his apartment in Urbandale were he lived for 40 years. He was an avid reader of nature books and a bird watcher. The last three months of his life he was lovingly cared for by the staff at the Marian Home in Fort Dodge.
He is survived by his brothers, Russell of Waterloo and Gary and his wife Rosie of Fort Dodge. He also has eleven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Kenneth, Cecil and Leon.
There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at the Reinbeck Cemetery where he will be buried next to his maternal grandparents and two of his brothers.