Lauren "Papa" Smelzer, creator of the "world" famous BBQ Sauce, passed away on July 26th of an apparent heart attack. Lauren was first of all a very proud Dad, Grandpa and Greatgrandpa. He loved to joke and play pranks on his fellow townsmen. He loved spending time with his sister, Evangeline “Vange”, longtime friend, Elsie, friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ione on December 29, 1983; a daughter, Lynn Smelzer on September 2, 1984 and two brothers, Lyle and Delwin Smelzer.
Lauren is survived by two sons, Rick (Judy) Smelzer of Highland and Jim (Lisa) Smelzer of Mt. Horeb; a daughter Kim (Scott) Mensch of Highland; five grandchildren, Jeremy Smelzer; Josh (Christi) Smelzer; Morgan Smelzer and fiancé, Brandon Halverson; McKenzie Smelzer and Sawyer Mensch; four great grandchildren, Chase, Dax, Jackson and Hannah Smelzer; his sister, Evangeline McGuire of Highland; a special friend, Elsie Neibuhr of Highland as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church in Highland with Fr. Kenneth J. Frisch officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.