LaMonte Lauridsen, 76, Baldwin City, Kan.

Published 4:05 pm Saturday, September 15, 2012

LaMonte “Monty” Lauridsen, 76, of Baldwin City, Kan., died Sept. 8, 2012, at Bridge Haven Memory Care Cottage, Lawrence, Kan. He was born Jan. 14, 1936, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of Lloyd Lauridsen and Lorna (Brewster) Lauridsen.

LaMonte Lauridsen

He graduated from Grand Meadow High School, with the class of 1953. He then graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Missouri with a master’s degree and Kansas University with a doctorate in education.

On Aug. 24, 1957, Monty was united in marriage with Louise “Bootsie” Anderson in Fairmont. They shared over 55 years of loving marriage.

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Monty taught at Alden High School for seven years as a math and science teacher. In 1964 he moved to Baldwin City, Kan., and began his 36 year career as a science and computer science professor at Baker University, retiring in 2000.

Monty is survived by his wife, Louise “Bootsie” Lauridsen, of the home; three sons: Lee Lauridsen and his wife, Cathy, Lawrence, Scott Lauridsen and his wife, Laura, of Baldwin City, Kan., and Kent Lauridsen and his girlfriend, Gina, of Baldwin City; a daughter, Diane McQuerry and her husband, James, of Independence, Mo.; two sisters: Doris Speer and her husband, Robert, of Burlington, Iowa, and Katherine Speer and her husband, Dale, of Elgin; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin. The family received friends following services. Private scattering will occur at a later date.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Baker University Mulvane Transformation Fund or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 712 Ninth Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through