Archie Lau, 1933-2014

Published 10:06 am Thursday, September 4, 2014

Memorial services for Archie Lau will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Archie Lau

Archie Lau

Archie died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System of Albert Lea.

Archie Leon Lau was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Shellrock Township to Arthur and Ethel (Wolff) Lau. Archie grew up in rural Northwood and attended country school.

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On June 14, 1953, he was united in marriage to Lois Flatness. Archie enjoyed farming and working for Rinkmaster Ice Rinks for many years, and he later worked as a truck driver for MBE. He was a member of Central Freeborn Lutheran Church and the Eagles. Archie was a member of the Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery Board and had been active in 4-H. He enjoyed John Deere tractors and mowers and also enjoyed gardening. Archie and Lois especially enjoyed spending 30 years wintering at Fiesta Village in Mission, Texas. He spent Thursday nights with friends at Hardee’s and enjoyed fellowship after church services with the “grumpy old men.”

Survivors include his wife, Lois; children Roger (Tammi) Lau of Loveland, Colo., Barb (Kent) Nelson of New Richland and Brenda (Rich) Newman of Albert Lea; grandchildren Jesse (Kazio) Lau, Amanda Lau, Chelsey Lau, Kristopher (Tammy) Nelson, Kelly (Tony) Martens, Katie (Jason) Meinzer, Kascey (Michael) Haslanger, Jillian (Luke) Clark, Adam Newman, Ashley (Clint Brua) Benson, Brandon (Megan) Lau, Alex Lau, Haley Lau and Keith Lau; great-grandchildren Dean, Julia and Brady Lau, Allison and Brody Nelson, Carter and Corbin Martens, Nathan and Cameron Meinzer, Emma, Layne, Cole and Sofia Clark, Sydney and Kourtney Newman, Kali Benson, Rylan and Broghan Brua and Joselyn and Kiera Lau; in-laws Lois Flatness, Janice Houg, Don (Jan) Flatness and Lyle (Barb) Flatness; and many nieces and nephews.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents Art and Ethel Lau; son, Ron Lau; sister, Madeline Hultzier; brothers Virgil Lau and Willis Lau; nephews David and Jim Lau; niece, Debra Olson; brothers-in-law Marlin Flatness, Richard Flatness and Kenny Houg; and sister-in-law, Donna Flatness.