Roy E. Lauck Jr., MTA bus driver

December 22, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Roy E. Lauck Jr., a retired Mass Transit Administration bus driver and former longtime Dundalk resident, died of multiple organ failure Dec. 14 at the Christian Care Center in Johnson City, Tenn. He was 86.

Mr. Lauck, the son of an anthracite coal miner and a homemaker, was born and raised in Minersville, Pa. He was a graduate of Minersville Area High School.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a signalman aboard the light cruiser USS Santa Fe in the South Pacific.

After the war, he briefly returned to Minersville.

"There really were no jobs and the coal industry was failing," said his daughter, Linda Lu Crew of Erwin, Tenn.

In 1948, Mr. Lauck married Eleanor M. Wehner.

"Someone had given them a $20 bill for their wedding and with that money they came to Baltimore," Mrs. Crew said.

"He applied for jobs at the Police Department, Fire Department and the Baltimore Transit Co., and the first place who offered him a job was the transit company," she said.

Mr. Lauck began his career in 1948 as a motorman. After streetcars were eliminated, he drove a bus until retiring in 1979 from what is now the Maryland Transit Administration.

He was a Mason and a member of the Highland Lodge and the American Legion post in Dundalk. He had been a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dundalk.

Since 1995, Mr. Lauck had lived in Unicoi, Tenn.

Services were held Friday in Erwin.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Lauck is survived by two grandchildren.

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