Herman H. Laabs, 98
Dec. 4, 1916 -- May 6, 2015

Herman H. Laabs, 98 years old, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Heritage Village Assisted Living in Mesa.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (The River Church) in the township of Theresa, with the Rev. Bruce Laabs officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 9:30-11 a.m. at church. Burial will take place at Hochheim Cemetery in the township of Herman, with graveside military rites conducted by the West Bend American Legion.

Herman was born on Dec. 4, 1916, to the Rev. Herman H. and Marie (Kallsen) Laabs in Ogema, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was united in marriage to Virginia R. Keup on June 25, 1950, in Hochheim. Herman was a member of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II from January 1942 to January 1943. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from January 1943 to November 1945, as well as in the ASAF Reserves from November 1945 to December 1976. Herman proudly retired from the armed services with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He operated Laabs Air Service in Mayville from 1946-49. Herman was also employed at the West Bend Co. from July 1946 to March 1982.

Herman was a member of Christís Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church in West Bend. He was also a member of West Bend American Legion, and was a volunteer at Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona.

Herman is survived by his wife, Virginia of Mesa, Arizona; his sons, James (Janis) Laabs of Mesa, Thomas (Susan) Laabs of Mesa and the Rev. Bruce (Barbra) Laabs of Excelsior, Minnesota; his brothers, Arnold (Florence) Laabs of The Villages, Florida, Norbert (Louise) Laabs of The Villages, Florida, and Waldo (Lois) Laabs of The Villages, Florida; his sister, Norma Jahnke of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Erin Laabs, Benjamin Laabs, Andrew Laabs, Heather Laabs and Heidi Laabs; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Herman is preceded in death by his parents; his infant son on Oct. 12, 1951; his brothers, the Rev. Paul, the Rev. Ernst and Armin; and his sisters, Irma, Doris and Ruth.

Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.