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Charles John Lauer

November 15, 1955March 28, 2021

Lansing Township – Charles John Lauer (Chuck) died unexpectedly on March 28, 2021 in his sleep with his dog by his side. He was the first of six children born to John and Phyllis Lauer on November 15, 1955 in Detroit, MI.

In his earlier years, he was in Civil Air Patrol and the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and he continued in SCA throughout his life, attending the Pennsic War for over 40 years. He had an eclectic mix of interests including cooking, archery, stargazing, photography, and space.

He graduated with a BS in Architecture and Urban Planning from The University of Michigan and he continued his studies there with Masters courses in Space Architecture. He was savvy in business development with a career spanning from real estate development to the space sector. He was one of the founders of Rocketplane Global and Chief Business Development Officer of Spacebit and President of Spacebit North America.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Phyllis (Popma) Lauer; his father-in-law, John Person; and his brothers, Richard and Thomas Lauer. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Margaret (Marge) Lauer; his son, Matthew Lauer (partner Leeann Drees); his brothers, Kurt (Barb) Lauer and Mark (Laura) Lauer; his sister, Ann Lauer; his mother-in-law, Christine Person; his brothers-in-law, John Person, James (Cindy) Person, and Andrew Person; his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Edward) Goldberg, Kathleen Tighe, Victoria Bernadett, and Patricia Burke; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a memorial service for Chuck at a future date. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association ( in his name.

Chuck Lauer was truly one of a kind and irreplaceable.


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Oscar Garcia

April 7, 2021

Dear Chuck, may you now fully and completely realize your dreams, passions and generous visions that you shared with me and your friends in the space community! From the skies and space may you be at peace and free to fly fast and far! It was a pleasure and a privilege knowing you here on earth!

Samuel Coniglio

April 6, 2021

I first met Chuck when I invited space advocates to present at "Space Day" at Disney's EPCOT Center in Florida WAAAAAAY back in 1995. Back then he was promoting private space industrial parks in Orbit.

We crossed paths at many space conferences. He was serious, determined, and business savvy. He was much respected by fellow Space Advocates.

Hope you finally made it to the stars, Chuck!
Ad Astra!

Clifford McMurray

April 5, 2021

Chuck was a true visionary, as well as the quintessential gentleman. He was one of those whom Thomas Jefferson described as "the natural aristocracy of mankind." We met often at the International Space Development Conference, where he talked about his company, Pioneer Rocketplane, and the part it could play in space tourism and settlement. That company never made it to space, but Chuck never stopped trying. The world is a poorer place without him.

Victoria Person

April 2, 2021

I'm trying to wrap my head around Chuck's passing, and it's really tough. Chuck knew a little bit about a lot of varied topics, which made him a great conversationalist and host. We shared a love of astronomy and travel, and had a great time discussing both. I have so many great memories hanging out with him, Marge, and Matt: the Halloween party at Blind Pig; U of M tailgates; skiing up north at Sugarloaf and Nubs Nob; and the 4th of July parties at their home in Lansing where Chuck showed off his smoked ribs. Then there's the Au Train memories: driving his Cutlass down a washboard road to collect cobbles for the fireplace pad; shooting guns at the gravel pit; and Chuck preparing his world famous Szechuan perch for the crew. I will truly miss his great company. I hope that Marge and Matt know that I love them,

Sue Fischer

April 2, 2021

Chuck was one of my first and best friends at college. He helped me improve my fencing, both of us being left handed. Most of all, I remember him as a kind and courteous man. He will be missed.

Rick Wills

April 1, 2021

I knew Chuck through the space activist and New Space community. He pushed the limits for us in creating novel approaches to launch. He leaves a legacy for us to build on. He will be missed. God's Speed.

Frederick Fenters

April 1, 2021

I knew Chuck through the SCA and our mutual love of archery. He was a good and generous friend. I will miss him every event where we have any sort of archery competition.

Sandy &Jack McCollum

April 1, 2021

Getting to know our " UP NORTH" Chuck was a truly great pleasure. Time was just, too short.

So happy he got to enjoy the adventure here. Will be much missed by his UPPER FAMILY.
See you on the other side Chuck!
Peace and God Bless the family left waiting.

Tim Moran

April 1, 2021

He was the complete gentleman, amazingly creative, completely generous with his time and skill. We have known him since college and his faithful friendship has always been valued. Two years ago he spent an entire afternoon with me at the archery range in order to teach me to shoot one of his beautiful hand-made crossbows, lending me the bow and bolts so that I could score points for our side at the Pennsic War. We had planned to do that again, and it would have been wonderful. His gifts brought liveliness and illumination to so many people!

Janet Hershey

April 1, 2021

Dear Marge....

I was so sorry to read of the passing of your husband. The suddenness must make it all the more difficult. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your son,

Janet Hershey