Blakeslee Area Native Celebrates 100th Birthday

By: Allyson Hutchinson

Born on October 29th, 1915 to Mr. John A. Lautzenheiser and Mrs. “Crissie” Lautzenheiser, Mr. Lautzenheiser grew up a half a mile east of the Blakeslee Catholic Church in Blakeslee, Ohio. He was raised alongside three brothers named Willis, Dwight, and Kermit, and one sister named Virginia (now deceased). Robert received his education at Blakeslee Grade School from first through eighth grade. The Blakeslee School was one block east of the church, which was then South First Street. After graduating from Edon High School, Robert then attended Ohio State University where he studied meteorology.

Mr. Lautzenheiser had two daughters (Anne and Mary) with his first wife (who is now deceased). With his second wife, he first had a son named John, followed by twin boys (William and Thomas). William was diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and has had several operations (amputations) to help with the infection. Thanks to modern technology, William now has a working arm and hand. He has just begun learning how to be able to brush his hair.

Mr. Lautzenheiser reported meteorology in Boston prior to his retirement at age seventy. Though he was “retired” he always had a weather station in his backyard and he also gave written reports for the local newspaper in Reading, Massachusetts until he was ninety-five. Mr. Lautzenheiser still enjoys recording the weather for himself and has received special recognition for twenty-five years of service.

Happy Birthday Robert, here’s wishing you many more!

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