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
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
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 (www.alz.org).
A private celebration of his life will be held in Indiana.
Memories of Dwight can be posted online at