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Dwight V. Lauman dies at 78

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Dwight V. Lauman, 78, died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Lynnwood, Wash. on June 7, 2009.

He was born April 1, 1931 in Michigan City, the son of Neil and Orma Lauman.

He is survived by Sallianne (Jones) Lauman, his wife of 41 years; daughter, Lisa (Lauman) Downs and husband Chris of Redmond, Wash.; son, Bradley Lauman and wife Dina of Rockford, Ill.; stepson Michael Bilski and wife Chris Jaeggi of Arlington Heights, Ill.; stepdaughter, Sally (Bilski) Parker and husband Bret of Cypress, Texas; and grandson, James Lauman.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Colleen Gannuch and his brother, Neil.

Dwight retired as an Audit Supervisor for the State of Indiana in its Employment Security Division after 38 years of service, and earned his Public Accountant credential in 1970. A graduate of Indiana University and the South Bend College of Commerce, he lived in Michigan City, Valparaiso, Gary, and Chesterton, prior to moving to Lynnwood in 2007. He and his wife, Sallianne, also co-owned and operated the Broad Horizons Travel agency in Chesterton from 1984 to 2002.

A veteran of the United States Army, Dwight served in the military during the time of the Korean War, from 1952 to 1960. He was a member of the John Franklin Miller American Legion Post in Michigan City and of the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association.

In his free time, Dwight enjoyed travel (especially cruising), philately, and photography. He was also an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and University of Notre Dame football.

A beloved husband and father, Dwight will be greatly missed by his family and friends. They would like to extend their sincere thanks to Providence of Seattle Hospice, Dr. Nancy Connolly, and the Seattle Veterans Administration.

The family asks that a donation be made in Dwight’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 ( A private celebration of his life will be held in Indiana.

Memories of Dwight can be posted online at



Posted 6/9/2009