Urban "Jimmy" Lawler, 86, of Fort Dodge, formerly of Clare passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at Friendship Haven.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 16th at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home and 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will take place at St. James Cemetery, Clare, with Military rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post 1856 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with a Vigil Prayer Service at 6:00 PM at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years Marianne of Fort Dodge, daughter Sharon (Wayne) Holtquist of Cottage Grove, MN, sons Terry (Karen) Lawler of Clare, Mike (Tonya) Lawler of Fort Dodge, Phil (Sara) Lawler of Georgetown, KY, John (Michaele) Lawler of Tea, SD, Matt (Cari) Lawler of Sioux City, and Joe (Melissa) Lawler of Clare, 25 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Kevin Walsh.
He was preceded in death by his parents Urban Jerry and Catherine (Mahoney) Lawler, 3 grandchildren, Brian Holtquist, Rachel Lawler and Jack Lawler, brother Kenneth Lawler and sister Mary Ellen Walsh.
Urban James Lawler was born on April 5, 1933 in Fort Dodge. He was raised and educated in Clare, graduating from St. Matthew's High School in 1951. Jimmy served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until honorable discharge in 1956. On April 12, 1958, he was united in marriage to Marianne George at St. Matthew's Church in Clare; where Jimmy served on the finance committee, Eucharistic Minister and sang in the choir for many years. The couple made their home on a farm near Clare where he farmed his entire life. Jimmy was member of the Knights of Columbus, past school board member at St. Edmond and was a longtime volunteer on the Clare Fire Department since 1968.
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My deepest sympathy to all your family. My greatest memory of Jimmy was his infectious laugh. RIP
Pate McMahon Schuh
Marianne and family -My sympathy goes to all of you in the death of such a fun loving husband, father, grandfather and great grand father. I'm hoping to get over for the viewing. Maureen
Mr. Lawler was a class act. He always made me feel like part of the family. He was the life of the party. His sense of humor was priceless! I know he will be truly missed but the memories will live on forever!
Jimmy was one of the happiest people that I remember growing up in Clare. His laugh was contagious and he had a classic sense of humor. Our families had a lot of fun at Twin Lakes and our dads would talk FOREVER after mass every Sunday. He will be missed and we are better for knowing him.
So sorry to hear.
Will always have fond memories of our time around Clare and Okoboji with Jimmy and the clan.
He was always my favorite Irishman. May the perpetual light shine always on Jimmy. Our thoughts n prayers are with all in his wonderful family
So sorry for your loss. May Jimmy Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with you all.
Jim was such a kind man. He always treated my mother Kathleen and myself so well. I have fond memories of my childhood growing up in Clare and he is one of them. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your entire family!
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