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Norman J. Laufer

Norman J. Laufer

Norman J. Laufer

- February 4, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial for Norman J. Laufer, age 82 of Mott, will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Mott, ND.  Fr. Stephen Folorunso will officiate and following a time of fellowship and lunch at the church, burial will be at the Laufer Family Memorial at the Laufer farm.  Visitation will be from noon to 7:00 p.m., followed by a Rosary/Wake service at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, all at the St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Mott.

Norman Joseph Laufer was born on May 28, 1936 to Frank and Rose (Komenda) Laufer in Regent, North Dakota. He was raised on the family farm/ranch north of Hettinger, North Dakota. He attended school at St. Mary's Catholic School in New England, North Dakota. As a young man Norman enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended basic training in Fort Carson, Colorado, and served from 1956 to 1958.

On June 3, 1960 Norman married Donna Banning in Hettinger, North Dakota and together have 5 children, Penny Kane, Fairburn, South Dakota, Terry (Donna) Laufer, Mott, North Dakota, Tammy (Dan) Markegard, Swan Valley, Idaho, Jackie (Tyler) Austin, Regent, North Dakota, Lisa (Todd) Messmer, Mott, North Dakota.

Norman and his brothers were known for their hard work and ingenuity, coming together to farm and build their well known "Truckters", while also founding the Laufer Trucking Company and a bull washing business, built by his brother Rudy, that allowed them to travel to various stock shows throughout the country. Later, he continued farming with his late son, Terry while also carrying on the trucking company, which was his true passion.

Norman was an avid traveler who lived for seeing new places from behind the steering wheel of his Peterbilt, the handle bars of his motorcycle, or even the deck of a cruise ship.  Norman had the gift of conversation and always wanted to know or give every small detail to the story.  He also knew where to find the best bang for your buck meal along any route across the country. He always tried to plan his routes so he could stop and visit with family and friends along the way. As time went on his health began to fade, forcing Norman to dolly his last load. Putting to bed his passion for road freed up the remainder of his time to be with loved ones.

Norman J. Laufer passed away on January 31, 2019 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his four daughters, Lisa Jo (Todd) Messmer, Mott, Jackie (Tyler) Austin, Regent, Tammy (Dan) Markegard, Swan Valley, ID and Penny Kane, Fairburn, SD; three brothers, Earl Laufer, Hettinger, ND, Rudolph (Sally) Laufer, Moses Lake, WA and Maurice (Margaret) Laufer, Lacey, WA; his sister, Francis Meyers, Belle Fourche, SD; daughter-in-law, Donna Rae Laufer, Mott; ex-wife and good friend, Donna Mae Laufer, Dickinson, ND; grandchildren, Nicole (Dustin) Martin, Howard Keoke, Jennifer (Garret) Swindler, Devan (Chelsea) Laufer, Joshua (Lindsay) Markegard, Travis (Megan) Markegard, Mandy (Tyler) Green, Samantha (Jaden) Moser, Lindsay (Chris) Zimmerman, Amber Hoheisel, Nathan Messmer and Brett Messmer; great grandchildren, Nevada and Pheonix Martin, Dante' Keoke and Kayleigh Keoke, William and Ashlynn Swindler, Grayson and Tucker Markegard, Mia, Kallie, Dalton, Hazel and Logan Markegard, Rylee and Kaycee Green, Austin Moser, Carlten and Camden Zimmerman and Griffen Hoheisel; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Norman was preceded in death by his son, Terry Laufer, nephew Stanley Laufer, brother, Leroy Laufer, sister Elaine Ihle and his parents, Frank and Rose Laufer.

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