The CAC is saddened to report the passing of Barbara “Babs” Lauer, wife of Karl Lauer. Babs passed away this morning at 3:33 am Central Time with Karl, son Wayne and her sister Joan by her side. Babs & Karl was married for 55 years. The proud parents of two sons, Wayne and Mark. And was very active with, and proud of the 10 grandchildren they have. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Babs joined the United States Air Force where she become involved in the Military Police Division. Little did she know when she was advised she would be stationed in Charleston, South Carolina she would meet her best
friend, soul mate and husband. Babs met Karl in May 1959 and the two of them said their wedding vows in June, 1960.
Babs was very active in her Church as long as health permitted. Being active in Sunday School with the children’s groups was her pride and joy of attending Church every Sunday. She touched many lives throughout the years both at church and just having the honor of being in her presence. Babs and Karl got into one major disagreement during the 55 years of marriage.
Dean Silverstone shared this story with me just minutes ago:
“One Sunday, their son Wayne “had” to watch an important football game on television. Karl gave him permission to skip church that day so he could stay home and watch the game. Barbara didn’t agree with Karl’s decision and was upset because she knew church was more important than football.
Ruth & I have known Barbara since 1990. We have dined with her, exchanged gifts, exchanged cards, walked the Las Vegas strip with her and her sister Joan, and have always relished her unique and wonderful pers
onality and disposition. She was a wonderful person, a wonderful wife, and a wonderful human being. Thanks to her, her family was brought up the right way and they are and will be credits to our race. The world will never forget this beautiful lady and today, deep in his heart, Karl realizes Wayne should have gone to church that day instead of watching football.”
Annette & myself visited Karl & Babs Ranch in Rolla, Missouri a few years ago. Babs treated us like we was family the minute we pulled into the driveway. First things of order was to meet the grandchildren. Babs and Karl was so proud of them and wanted us to be introduced to them asap. We left Rolla after a couple of days and the four of us headed to Branson, Missouri where we was guest of the Rankin Brothers show and was introduced to the hundreds in attendance. The Rankin Brothers introduced to the crowd, “Please welcome, United States Air Force Veteran Barbara Lauer along with her husband, United States Air Force Veteran and retired Professional Wrestler Karl Lauer.” I was honored to be sitting with these two on what I called a special occasion to have two Veterans of the Military be introduced to this massive crowd. But little did I know, Babs made sure that Annette and myself was introduced as well – “And we would also like to introduce to the crowd Professional Wrestling Official Referee Morgan Dollar and his lovely wife Annette.” To most that is no big deal. But looking back it was Bab’s doing what she done best, making sure some one else got the spot light. Always thinking of others and not thinking of herself. That best describes Babs.
Barbara Lauer being honored in 2009 at the CAC Reunion
The Cauliflower Alley Club sends it’s condolences to the entire Lauer Family & friends.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the First Assembly of God in Rolla, Missouri. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Rolla City Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:00 noon at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to First Assembly of God Kid’s Care.
Online condolences may be offered at Null and Son Funeral Home website
All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.