OBITUARY

Thomas James Lauer

January 31, 1955April 10, 2018

Thomas Lauer, 63, of Salem, OR passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edward F. and Helen Lauer. He graduated from Drexel University in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1984, Tom met his future wife, Sherry Brain while on a Caribbean cruise. They were married in 1985. Together they raised two children, Jim and Emily. Tom retired in May 2017 as the State’s Technical Services Manager/Chief Engineer after 30 years of dedicated service with the Oregon Department of Transportation. He was a licensed Professional Engineer. Upon retiring, Tom’s and his family’s travels took them to Yellowstone, Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, with many more destinations planned. Tom was a good and generous man, a loving husband and a wonderful father and brother. He leaves behind his wife Sherry of almost 33 years, his son Jim, daughter Emily, and his brother Ed. He was preceded in death by his parents. He will be remembered and greatly loved by his family. Services will be private.

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Mike Johnson

April 13, 2018

Sherry, I am sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I enjoyed my encounters with him over the years.

Words cannot take away you and you children's sorrow. May you all find peace in your love and memories of Tom.

Sincerely, Mike

Kelly Bruce

April 13, 2018

Words cannot express the sadness I have in my heart for you Sherry, Jim and Emily. And for our ODOT family. I had the pleasure of working with Tom and Sherry over the past 20 years. And while we didn't always see eye-to-eye, Tom was someone I admired, appreciated, and respected highly. He was a man of high integrity, intellect, and influence. He is and will be greatly missed. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

Vickie Warner

April 13, 2018

Sherry - there are no words to convey how sorry I am to hear of Tom's passing. You are so lucky to have had 33yrs together and children who you will see in them their father and your husband every day. I hope as you go through the coming days, you think of those amazing memories of love, joy and friendship Tom gave you. That you find some memory that brings laughter and a smile to your face. I wish I had such a memory of Tom to share, but I was not privileged to ever meet him. Warmest wishes to you and your family.
Vickie Warner

Jim West

April 13, 2018

Tom – You touched the lives of many but left us way too soon! You challenged us to reach for excellence but with your laugh reminded us to not take ourselves too seriously. You gave us grand memories as a leader, mentor, friend, and father which will be remembered by all who knew you. May Sherry and your children be comforted by loving family and friends during this difficult time. We will miss you.

Diana Koppes

April 13, 2018

Sherry and family - My love and prayers go out to you in this difficult time. I enjoyed working with Tom and admired the legacy he created by his extraordinary work with ODOT.

Tasha Petersen

April 13, 2018

Sending much love to Sherry and her family during this very sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sam Hunaidi

April 13, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of Tom, my condolences and prayers to the family.
I had the honor to work with Tom for many years, he was a great nentor and friend, I used to consider him as a big brother. Tom was good man, and he always has something good to say with a great smile, he helped me a lot during his time in ODOT.
I will miss Tom and will always remember him.
In behalf of my family, we are very sorry for the family's loss. My condolences.

Anne Holder

April 13, 2018

Sherri, my sympathy goes out to you and your family. Tom was a very respectful individual and offered others around him guidance and support. I truly appreciated his ability to remain approachable and proactive when dealing with worker and project safety issues. I pray for your family's PEACE during this difficult transition in life. Sincerely, Anne Holder, Roadway Safety Program Manager

Dan Klump

April 12, 2018

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart - Helen Keller

Colleen Hunter

April 12, 2018

I am so very sorry and send my condolences, love, and prayers to the family. I consider myself blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with such a great man of integrity and goodness. Tom will be remembered fondly by so many. May God bring comfort to the family during this difficult time.