Six siblings in the Lauer family who are all over 80 include (front, l-r) Dick Lauer, Jim Lauer, Bill Lauer and (back) IRene (Lauer) Flynn, RUth (Lauer) Giesige, and Louis (Lauer) Flynn McClary. (Photo submitted)
Six siblings in the Lauer family who are all over 80 include (front, l-r) Dick Lauer, Jim Lauer, Bill Lauer and (back) IRene (Lauer) Flynn, RUth (Lauer) Giesige, and Louis (Lauer) Flynn McClary. (Photo submitted)

OTTAWA — Ruth (Lauer) Giesige, 92, Ottawa, just smiles when you ask her the reason for the longevity of all her siblings.

“It must be in the genes,” she said. “I know I eat terrible and I sure don’t exercise. I also don’t like fresh fruits and vegetables.”

She also said she really enjoys eating sweets. “I guess the only healthy thing I ever did was I never smoked.”

Ruth is one of six siblings that are all over 80 years old in her family She also has two more siblings that are 77 and 68.

When Arnold and Millie Lauer welcomed their seventh child, Irene (Dave) Lauer Flynn to their family on July 28, 1934, it is doubtful they ever expected that, 80 years later, eight of their children would still be living.

The couple lived in Ottoville. Arnold owned a furniture store and was the director of a funeral home, Lauer Funeral Home. He then became the Putnam County Treasurer, serving for 24 years, the longest serving treasurer in the county.

When the couple and their family moved to Ottawa, Lauer also served as mayor for two years.

“We were always a tight knit family, “ Ruth said. “We still are. We like to get together as often as possible even though we don’t all live close together.”

Ruth lives in Ottawa with one of her daughters and can often be found making people laugh over a card game or entertaining some of her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was married to Earl Lauer.

Bill (Corinne) Lauer, 91, lives in Dayton. He still has many admiring the intricate details of his carpentry work or solving the countless wood puzzles he constructed.

Jim (Betty) Lauer, was born only a year later. Now living in Delphos, Jim, 90, remains the quietest of the children. He chose to record his words in writing working for the Delphos Herald for 34 years.

Another sister in the family, Lois (Jack) Lauer Flynn McClary, lives in Sebring Florida. At the age of 88 she continues to live an active life in making the trip to Ohio to visit her numerous children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on a regular basis. She can also be found parasailing on occasion.

There are not many sights that remain in North American that have not been admired by Dick (Edna) Lauer, 86. He and his wife spend half their time in Glandorf and half in Arizona. Dick, 86, rarely plans the same route between homes.

Two years later, Martha (Dick) Lauer Ellerbrock was born in 1931. She passed away in 1954.

Eighty-year-old Irene (Dave) Lauer Flynn, also leads an active life traveling to enjoy being involved in the family events. Irene lives in Chambersberg, Pennsylvania.

The ‘youngsters’ in the family are Alice (Don) Lauer Siefker, 77, of Glandorf, and Nancy (Allen) Lauer Warnimont, 68, Glandorf.

The combined descendants of Arnold and Millie Lauer in addition to their children include 68 grandchildren, 122 great-grandchildren and 70 great-great grandchildren.

Looking back on the recent celebration of Irene’s 80 birthday, Ruth said all her siblings remember their parents fondly.