Peter Reginald Laizik

March 5, 1935November 26, 2017

Peter Reginald Laizik, 82, formerly of Pinehurst, NC, a decorated Army veteran and loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on November 26, 2017, at UNC Rex Healthcare of complications from a stroke.

Born on March 5, 1935, in Berlin, Germany, Peter immigrated to the United States with his family in 1954. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Middlebury College. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army, a career that included two combat tours in Vietnam with the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and with the 51st Infantry Airborne Long Range Patrol (Elite Bastards) and four years of teaching at West Point, retiring from active duty with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1985. His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Thereafter, he worked in international marketing for Kissling Sondertechnik in Sulz, Germany, from 1985 until 2000.

An avid skier and a marathon runner who completed both the New York and Boston Marathons, Peter enjoyed an active and joyful life with Barbara, his wife of 58 years (who supported his crazy adventures) — traveling all over the world, successfully summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiking the Appalachian Trail and in many U.S. National Parks, attending classical music concerts, going to the theater, and spending time with his three much loved grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Dumont) Laizik, his three children and their spouses — Gigi (Laizik) and Kurt Ehlers, Sue Laizik and Ron Kassimir, and Chris Laizik — and his three grandchildren — Katja Ehlers, Kyle Ehlers, and Ruby Kassimir.

Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Steamboat STARS at


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Tim Quaker

September 25, 2020


Sorry to hear your dad has passed away. I hope only good memories exist now and that if someone asks you if you are happy, you can say "Yes".

Tim (Spruce Street)

Francis Shea

July 17, 2020

Not sure I have words to describe my thoughts I just learned of Peter Laizik death. Gigi. I am so sorry for being so late responding. God bless Gummy bears !! B

Sharon Ferguson

January 24, 2018

I was so sorry to hear that Peter has passed away. He was a such a delightful man and a dear friend of mine for over 30 years. My sincerest sympathy is with you as you grieve your loss.

Tanja Rein

January 7, 2018

Liebe Frau Laizik,
mein herzlichstes Beileid zum Tod von Peter. Ich durfte ihn bei der Firma Kissling in Wildberg kennen und schätzen lernen. Er wird mir immer als positiver, liebenswerter und aktiver Mensch in Erinnerung bleiben. Ich wünsche Ihnen und Ihrer Familie viel Kraft in dieser Zeit.

Ute Timplan

December 10, 2017

Liebe Barbara(Bärbel) Mein aufrichtiges Beileid zum Ableben eures Peters ich wünsche viel Kraft und Energie den Verlust zu überwinden. Ich bin eine Urgronichte von Barbaras Grovater Anton Franz Dumont.

AUfrichtige Grüe von Germany Ute Timplan geb Gro

Ute Timplan

December 10, 2017

Liebe Barbara(Bärbel) Mein tiefes Beileid zum Verlust von Peter und auch viel Kraft und Energie diesen zu verarbeiten.
Ich bin eine entfernte Verwandte deines Vaters.

Ute Timplan aus Troisdorf

December 4, 2017

Barbara - Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Mr. Laizik. We pray God will give you strength and peace through this difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you all. Aaron & Lisa Clark {Clark's Plumbing LLC}

Peggy Johnson

December 3, 2017

Dear Barbara, I was so sorry to hear about Peter. I will remember our interesting conversations and watching you two walking our neighborhood. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Peggy Johnson

Sharon Frazier

November 30, 2017

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel at hearing this news. Peter touched many lives, including mine, and the world was a better place with him in it. RIP, Peter, you will be greatly missed by all of those who benefitted from simply knowing you. Say hello to Michael. He will be happy to meet you.

M Rainey

November 30, 2017

"Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4