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James R Lauscher

1940 - 2021


James R Lauscher passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the age of 81.  Jim was born on January 24,1940, in Sturgeon Bay to Cyril and Luella (Wheelock) Lauscher.  He married his high school sweetheart, Judeen Rusch, on July 30, 1960.  They were married 60 years and had a wonderful life together raising four children - Julie, Jeff, Joel, and Jon.  He was a devoted Father, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa and loved attending all the Grandchildrens’ events.  Many happy times were spent with family and friends at their Beecher Lake cottage.  Jim spent many mornings going to breakfast and playing cribbage with his best friends - Jim, Bob, Norb, and others.  He looked forward to deer hunting each year with his friend Jerry, his sons, and grandsons. Jim enjoyed antiquing and was an avid woodworker.  He loved furniture restoration and created masterpieces out of reclaimed barn boards.


Jim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1958.  After graduation, he joined the US Army Reserves and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  Jim served 8 years in the Army Reserves receiving a rank of PFC.  On January 31, 1965 he was Honorably Discharged.  


Jim graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Physical Education and continued to earn his Masters Degree.   Jim began his teaching career in Two Rivers, WI.  He then moved to Ashwaubenon where he taught at Valley View Elementary School.  While there, he was awarded the honor of Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year.  In 1980 he moved to Ashwaubenon High School and taught there until his retirement in 1998.


Preceding Jim in death were his parents; his daughter, Julie Le Fevre; his son, Joel Lauscher.  He is survived by his wife, Judeen; brothers, Donald (Ardy) and Dave (Kim); sons, Jeff (Barb) and Jon (Kelly); son-in-law, Scott Le Fevre; daughter-in-law, Marcia Lauscher; 10 grandchildren Shanna (Curt), Alyssa (Jim), Jordan Le Fevre; Brian (Florian), Matthew, and Andrea Lauscher; Dylan (Emily) and Taylor Lauscher; Leo and Mason Lauscher; two great-grandchildren, Juliana and Bennett; in-laws Karen (Steve) Haag, Joan (Vince) Cisler, Char (Roger) Wanek, Jan (Don) Wessely, Barb (Dave) Riha; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Buddy.


A private service was held on March 13th. Interment is at the Garden of Serenity in Fort Howard Memorial Park in Green Bay.  


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Nancy & Larry Dantzman

March 14, 2021 3:06 PM

Jim was a wonderful neighbor!   We'll miss seeing him walk or drive by.   He was always willing to chat and share stories.   Our children had Jim as a teacher, and said they thought he was a wonderful teacher, and always enjoyed him.   April Lane has lost a dear friend.

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Sue Hickey

March 14, 2021 11:59 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.  I taught with Jim at ashwaubenon high school.   He was great to work with.  Always had a smile on his face and a laugh that caused you to laugh with him.  Never a dull moment around Jim.  Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.  You’ll be missed my family and friends.  Rest In Peace Jim

Ross, Julie, and Amelie Heise

March 14, 2021 11:56 AM
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Judy Leahy

March 14, 2021 10:55 AM

My husband Mike and I both taught with Jim for years.   Such a nice guy who would boost your spirits with his booming laugh and smile.   He had a no nonsense way of teaching that the students responded to and respected.  

Tanya Waite

March 13, 2021 7:23 PM

Mr. Lauscher, I have to say that because it would be weird to call you Jim. From afar, to many you were just a high school teacher to me — but they don’t know just what you had done for me. I will never forget your kindness, protection, and a place to lay my head that you gave me when you knew this (then) student’s home life was bad. No one knew you opened your home to me so I could temporarily have a place of refuge from a very bad situation. Although we never saw each other during my adulthood, you were always there in my thoughts. I will never forget the kindness you & your wife had shown to me in that moment of time. May you find the peace you gave me when a teenager’s life was more than she could handle. You have always been missed by me. You are forever remembered as a kind man with a caring heart. Go with God, we will meet again someday.

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