William Theodore Lauritzen

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Date of Death: December 8, 1964


William Theodore Lauritzen was born in Mandal, Norway, on October 3, 1876. With his widowed mother and two younger sisters he immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. Three brothers had come to America prior to this, and the family was then united in Minneapolis.

On October 3, 1903, William was united in marriage to Marie Erickson, a school teacher, and to this union was born a son, Adrian. In 1918 the family purchased a tract of land west of Maple Plain, built their home, and resided there for 22 years. In 1951 Mrs. Lauritzen preceded her husband in death. From 1950 to 1957 Mr. Lauritzen spent the winters with his son and family near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since 1957 he has lived in Maple Plain. On Thursday, December 8, 1964, he passed quietly to his rest after a brief illness of three days.

For the past 35 years Mr. Lauritzen has been a member of the Minnesota Conference Church. His steadfast Christian experience and optimism have always been an inspiration to those who have known him. He was a friendly man, and he loved his friends. He Is survived by his son, Adrian; his daughter-in-law, Evelyn; two grandsons, Jeffrey Kim and Barry Jon; and many nieces and nephews.

Recently he wrote down a text and used it as a bookmark in a book of morning devotions as a demonstration of his faith. That which he had written were the words cf the apostle Paul as found in 1 Cor. 15:55: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" Services were conducted by the writer in the Courteau Mortuary. He was laid to rest in the Maple Plain Cemetery to await the call of the LifeGiver.

Source: Received 1-19-65, H. I. Jarnes - Northern Union Outlook, April 2, 1965

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