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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Walter Henry Laub
February 10, 1930 - October 31, 2021


Public Events and Locations

Military Honors - Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00 AM at George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting
Graveside Service - Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00 AM at George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting
Memorial Service - Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Flourtown
Reception - Saturday, November 13, 2021, 12:30 to 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Flourtown

Contacts

Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - First Presbyterian Church in Springfield - 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031 - 215-233-3223 - Map
Cemetery - George Washington Memorial Park - 80 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 - 610-828-1417 - Map
Donation - First Presbyterian Church in Springfield - 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031 - 215-233-3223 - Map

Walter (Walt) Henry Laub, age 91, of Oreland, PA passed into the arms of Jesus on October 31, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Walt was born February 2, 1930, in Philadelphia. He was raised in the West Oak Lane section of the city, and often shared cherished memories of growing up in a house full of extended family.  He was the son of the late Henry and Frieda Laub (nee Hilcker).  Walt was the beloved husband of the late Ann C. Laub (nee Salmon), and the loving father of Debra Laub Jack, BethAnn Clark (Stephen), Cynthia Laub, and Christopher Laub. Walter was the treasured PopPop of Kelley, Lindsey (Steve), Sean, Mallory (Tomas), Christian, Benjamin, Georgia, Samantha, Sydney, Christopher, Elisabeth, and Catherine, and the great-grandfather of Jack and Vivienne. Walter is also survived by his devoted sister and brother in law, Margaretta (nee Laub) and Lewis Hoy, his brother-in law Tony Salmon, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was also known and loved as “PopPop Walt” to all the neighbors on his block in Oreland PA, where he lived for over 60 years.

Walt was a proud graduate of Northeast High School, class of 1947. During the Korean War, he served his country as a private in the U.S. Army, training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was later based at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Upon discharge in 1953 he returned to Philadelphia, and began employment at Philco. Walt would stay with the company for over 40 years, even after Philco was acquired by Ford in 1961, until he retired in 1994. His job as an import/export specialist required him to work with individuals at the Ford plant in Brazil. His favorite memento of that time was a t-shirt that said “I’m a Brazil nut!” 

Walt was the consummate story-teller, and had a huge repertoire of jokes, riddles, and oft repeated one-liners. He took pride in his status as a VIP blood donor for the Red Cross. He will be fondly remembered for his love of the shore (but not the beach!), his thriving orchid collection, his enthusiasm for the all Philly sports teams, and his devotion to completing ALL the puzzles in the Philadelphia Inquirer each day. Walt loved vegetable gardening, reading, and family genealogy. To the delight of all who cooked for him, he relished everything! Our family is so thankful to the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, especially the members of the Deacons and the Senior Lunch attendees, for their compassion and friendship during his seven years as a widower. Walt was especially proud of his German heritage, and jauntily recited the German table prayer at every special occasion with his family. All who knew him loved him, and he will be dearly missed.

“Komm Herr Jesus, sei unser Gast, und segne alles was uns bescheren ist”
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and bless all we are given


Relatives and friends were invited to his graveside service, and Military honors by the United States Army on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM at George Washington Memorial Park, 80 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

His Memorial Service followed on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11:30 A.M. with a reception following at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown PA 19031.
It will be livestreamed here: www.flourtownpres.org/page/180009953/180121751/Livestreams

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Springfield/Deacons Fund, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown PA 19031.

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