Roland R. “Lefty” Laubach, age 84, of Frosty Valley Road, Bloomsburg, passed peacefully at his home on Friday afternoon, January 22, 2021.
Born in Bloomsburg on August 22, 1936, he was a son of the late Robert and Mildred (Hock) Laubach. He lived in Bloomsburg his entire life and was a 1954 graduate of Bloomsburg High School.
Lefty served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for seven years. He worked at the former Magee Carpet Co. for 15 years as a carpet designer until 1973. He was a talented artist and created beautiful paintings and carpet designs. He worked for Pursel Construction, Lewisburg for many years and retired from Geisinger Medical Center’s facilities department in 1995. In retirement, he remained active in part-time construction and had a keen eye for design and renovation.
He was an avid softball and baseball player and he starred on the Lightstreet Tri-County Baseball Team as the batting champion. He was instrumental in organizing Bloomsburg's Tri-County Baseball team, where he coached and mentored for many years. He was recruited by the Milwaukee Braves baseball team in his early 20’s, but chose to stay and settle in Bloomsburg with his family. Lefty loved family, nature, hunting, birds/falconry, raising Collie dogs, and golf.
Lefty owned rolling pigeons and spent many hours watching and caring for them.
He was a member of the Frosty Valley Country Club for 25 years and enjoyed rounds of golf with his friends and his wife, graciously accepting her ability to outscore him. Everyone that knew Lefty could always count on him to lend a hand and his warm and friendly smile and kind heart will be sorely missed.
Lefty is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Smith Laubach; a son Darren Laubach and his significant other, Caroline Wrobel, Bloomsburg; a daughter Dana, wife of Dave Karpinski, Bloomsburg; five grandchildren: Chad Gorby, Brenna, wife of Scott Collett, Dean Laubach, Brittany, wife of Tony Cutro, and Alex Karpinski; He loved his ten great-grandchildren, who called him “Pop”: Will, Jake, Dexter, Logan, Anna, Hunter, Kensi, Abbi, Bella and Tony, and he enjoyed teaching them about nature and the outdoors.
Lefty came from a loving and large family, leaving behind brothers Gary Laubach, Bloomsburg, Ted Laubach, and his wife Beverly, Bloomsburg and sisters: Marge Dieffenbacher, Bloomsburg, Maxine, wife of Jack Nevil, Benton, Donna Harvey, Bloomsburg, Dot, wife of Bill Simons, Bradenton, Fla., sister- in -law, Marjorie Zeisloft, Bloomsburg and brother- in- law, Richard Smith and his wife Beth, Orangeville and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life gathering will take place in spring following the Covid 19 pandemic.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.
Memorials may be sent to Geisinger Hospice, 74 Schoolhouse Road, Suite 104, Danville, PA 17821.