Kenneth Lauerman

Kenneth Lauerman, 77, passed away peacefully in Moses Lake, Wash., on Feb. 23, 2024.

Born in 1946, Ken grew up in Hinsdale. He attended Hinsdale Township High School, graduating in the class of 1964, and lettered in cross country, swimming and golf. He earned a bachelor's degree in June 1968 from the University of Denver, where he was an active member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Ken completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a master's degree in economics.

His long career in banking began with the Bank of America in San Francisco, followed by branches in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Fresno, Calif. Ken subsequently moved with his family to the Seattle area, to work with First Interstate Bank, and later Wells Fargo. After leaving Wells Fargo, he continued in banking with a number of community banks.

Ken's life-long passion was golf, and he consistently maintained a handicap in the single digits. He adored the mountains of Colorado and hiked its many trails on numerous occasions with his brothers, Fred and Gary.

Ken is survived by his four children, Heather, David, Nicholas and Vanessa; his grandchildren; his two brothers; and Kathleen Smith, his partner for more than 20 years.

No memorial service is planned at this time.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.