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James Lauver


James “Jim” Lauver, 57, Shipshewana, died Thursday, December 27, 2012 while on his usual morning walk near his home.

    He was born September 7, 1955, in Puerto Rico, to Reverend J. Paul and Lois (Swihart) Lauver. 

    He was a 1973 Lakeland High School graduate and a 1978 graduate of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He was a mechanical engineer in research and development at Burr Oak Tool and Gauge in Sturgis, Mich. He was a member and elder of Marion Mennonite Church, serving as president of the church council for two terms. He also served as a Sunday school teacher, chair of the ministry team, and a youth sponsor. He was an accomplished artist, played bass guitar, and sang bass in the PaGaJoJi Quartet for 22 years.  

    He was married March 29, 1980 to Jan Mast. She survives.

    Also surviving are his parents, Reverend J. Paul and Lois Lauver, LaGrange; two daughters, Jessie (Mike) Whitten, Zionsville, Ind., and Jenny Lauver, Raleigh, N.C.; one sister, Maggie Glaser, Carmel; three brothers, Paul (Marilyn) Lauver, Wolcottville, John (Patti) Lauver, Columbia, S.C., and David (Pam) Lauver, Jupiter, Fla.; and members of his wife’s family, Bill and Doris Mast, Howe, Gary and Lynnette Mast, Shipshewana, Mike and Judy Mast, Shipshewana, Phil and Sandy Mast, Shipshewana, Lorilee and Brian  Christner, Wolcottville, and Brian Mast, Howe.

    He was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Lauver.

    Services were held Monday, December 31, at Shore Mennonite Church in Shipshewana with Pastor Ron Roth and Pastor Char Roth officiating.  

    Memorials may be directed to the Marion Mennonite Church Building Project. 

    Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneral

    Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury was in charge of arrangements.