TAHLEQUAH – Rev. James Philip Lauer, 91, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 8, at Community Bible Fellowship, 17200 W. Grand View Road, Tahlequah. The family will greet friends following the service. A private interment will be held that afternoon at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson. Memorial contributions can be made to Community Bible Fellowship, P.O. Box 2 Tahlequah, OK, 74465. Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main St., has been entrusted with these arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com. James was born to Eugene Carl and Ethel Elizabeth (Parker) Lauer on July 10, 1923, in Oak Park, Ill. Jim grew up in Oak Park and Villa Park, Ill., joining the U.S. Army in 1943 where he served for almost three years. He graduated from John Brown University in 1950 with degrees in Bible and English, preparing for a lifetime of full-time Christian ministry. He met Phyllis Marie Stewart at college and they married on Dec. 26, 1947, in Topeka, Kan. Jim directed Youth for Christ ministries in Siloam Springs, Ark. and Topeka, Kan., as well as held pastorates at Highland Community Church of Fayetteville, Ark., a small church in Blue Rapids, Kan., and Merriam Bible Church in Merriam, Kans. He spent many years traveling as a chalk artist and evangelist. He served on the board of the Messianic Witness of Kansas City, taught art at Calvary Bible College, and co-founded and directed the Heart of America Bible Camps. In 1974, Jim and Phyllis moved to Tahlequah, where he served as public relations director with Go-Ye Mission until 1983. For many years, Jim provided interim pastoring and pulpit supply for churches in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. He also enjoyed pastoring men on death row in the Oklahoma State Prison system. Jim was an avid fisherman and golfer. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; one infant son, William; and his two brothers, Eugene Thomas Lauer and Herbert Keith Lauer. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth McGrew of Marshalltown, Iowa; his daughter, Susan (Brent) Thomas of Ames, Iowa; three grandchildren, Megan Thomas of North Liberty, Iowa, Shannon (Kenny) Younger of Madison, Wis., and Kyle (Jill) Thomas of Ankeny, Iowa; and one great-grandson, Grayson Thomas. Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main St., Marshalltown, IA; 641-753-5511.
Published on  June 2, 2015