Dale E. Laun -- Rochester

September 30, 2018

Dale Edward Laun began his new, eternal life with his beloved Savior, Jesus, on Sept. 15 in St. Paul.

He was welcomed into his heavenly home by his wife of 58 years, Elaine; his brothers, Vern and Glen Laun; and his parents, Kenneth and Mary Laun. Dale’s bright smile, twinkling eyes, playfulness, and positive spirit will be missed by his daughter, Sonja Ihlenfeldt; son-in-law, Andy Ihlenfeldt; grandsons, Sam, Ben, and Paul Ihlenfeldt, his extended family, and the many friends he made professionally and personally.

Dale (Mr. Laun) taught in Rochester Public schools for 25 years, all but two of those years as an elementary art teacher. He loved teaching and enjoyed his colleagues, meeting with them regularly, even after retirement.

Dale’s faith was nurtured by the fellowship and community he enjoyed as a longtime member of Autumn Ridge (formerly First Baptist) Church. He appreciated the care and friendships he experienced during the 8 years he lived at Shorewood Senior Campus.

His cheerful, friendly nature earned the affection of his caregivers during the last 18 months of his life at The Willows of Ramsey Hill.

Dale was a diligent student of the Bible and a prolific painter of abstract art. He joyfully and eagerly shared his Christian faith with guys he met in cafés, people who begged from him on the streets of Minneapolis, his grandsons, inmates he visited during his winters in Florida, and with friends and family invited to stay at our home while receiving medical care at Mayo Clinic.

Dale leaves a legacy of generously sharing both his bold, colorful paintings and his vibrant, hopeful, living faith.

A service to remember and celebrate Dale’s life will be held in the chapel at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, MN on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. Visitation begins one hour prior to service (10 a.m.). Luncheon will be served in the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Autumn Ridge Church or the Wounded Warriors Project.

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