Thomas H. Laubach was born April 4, 1939 in Warren, PA, the youngest child of Basil R. and Irene Karns Laubach. He attended West Hickory School and graduated from West Forest High School in 1957. He married Gretchen Johnson Laubach, his wife of 52 years, on February 27, 1960. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Lauren A. Devers of Pittsburgh, his son, Russell L. Laubach and daughterinlaw, Rebecca, of Cranberry Township, PA, and his granddaughters, Morgan and Paige Laubach. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Evelyn M. Hamilton and Dorothy A. Huffman. He is also survived by his beloved nephew and nieces, Basil Huffman, Rebecca Miskimmin, and Annette Passauer.
He worked as a lathe operator for the National Forge for 37 years, retiring in June, 1999. He proudly served in the U.S. Army reserves for 8 years and was a member of Olive Temple Lodge F&AM for nearly 50 years. His fondest memories were of growing up playing in the river in West Hickory. He also loved listening to trains passing his home at night and holidays full of singing with his father, mother, sisters, and young er family members. Later on, his greatest sources of pride were watching his son pitch baseball and his daughter play the piano. He was a superb dancer and was known around the neighborhood for his eagerness to help others. Much of his free time was spent coaching Hot Stove League and American Legion baseball, and building furniture and grandfather clocks. He loved to hunt and spend time in the great outdoors he called "home."
There will be a memorial service held in honor of Thomas Laubach on Thursday, 8/30/12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tidioute Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Tidioute, PA, with a luncheon served immediately thereafter.
The family suggests that Memorials be made to Hospice of Warren County or a Charity of one's choice.