Carl Lorraine Laughner

Carl Lorraine Laughner, 92, of Cabot, formerly of Slippery Rock passed away on Wednesday, September 23rd in the Lund Skilled Nursing Unit of Concordia Ministries. Born July 1, 1917 in Pittsburgh, PA he was the son of the late Carl L. and Daisy McCall Laughner. In Pittsburgh, he worked as a meat cutter and a plumber's apprentice. A Veteran of World War II, Carl served as an armorer with the Army Air Coprs in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of the Slippery Rock American Legion Post. He studied at Slippery Rock University, the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University, earning a Masters of Arts in English. From 1949 to 1955 he taught at Herron Hill Jr. High School in Pittsburgh. Carl was an English professor at Slippery Rock University from 1955 to 1970 and from 1970 until his retirement in, 1978 he was the executive director of the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association. He served as past president of the Debate Association of Pennsylvania Colleges and was also Statistically Best Judge. During his retirement, Carl wrote travel literature, led travel tours, worked for McMullen Travel and continued traveling extensively with his wife, Norma. He also enjoyed woodworking and reading all his life. Carl's extensive public service included serving for many years on the Slippery Rock Borough Council, including a term as president. He also served as a GED counselor. Carl wrote the Lay Speaking Manual for the Butler District of the United Methodist Church. A former member of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church, Carl served his Church as Lay Leader, Family Life Council Member, Sunday School Teacher, Usher and Board Member. Carl is survived by his wife, the former Norma Watson, whom he married July 16, 1948, a daughter, Wendy Honey, a son and daughter-in-law, James and Amanda Laughner, two grandchildren, Emily and Maxwell and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert B. Laughner. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 27th at 2:30 PM in the Concordia Haven One Chapel with Rev. Howard Greenfield of the Sarver Zion United Methodist Church, celebrant. Memorial contributions can be made in Carl's name to the Concordia Lutheran Ministries.


Alvin & Marian Boltz

2009-09-26 00:00:00

Please accept our sympathy to his family. Sorry that we have a previous commitment on Sunday, but we will be with you in prayer. Marian & Alvin Boltz, Comcordia 4210

Cyndy (Mann) Toy

2009-09-25 00:00:00

Dear Wendy, James and Laughner Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I met your dad many years ago when I took my nephew for GED review sessions. He was so patient, kind and pleasant.

I hope your memories help sustain you during the sad times.

Sincerely, Cyndy (Mann) Toy

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