Dennis Lauffer

Dennis Lauffer

Wednesday, June 17th, 1936 Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

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Obituary for Dennis G. Lauffer

Dennis G. Lauffer, 84, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, December 15, 2020. He was born June 17, 1936 in Johnstown, PA.
Dennis spent most of his life involved in music. He attended Portage Area High School, in Portage, PA, and received his B.Ed. degree in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He participated in bands, orchestras and chorus.
After graduation he taught music in Millerstown, while fulfilling his military obligations of ROTC with the Army Quartermaster Corps. Dennis then taught in Dillsburg and Springfield, Delaware County, and directed music camps in the summers at Camp Allegheny in Stoystown, PA. As a way of relaxation, he became a licensed private pilot.
He earned his MA degree in Music at West Chester University, taught at Delaware County Christian School and used his gift of music to inspire and lead many young people in his choirs. They made several trips to Europe and won many contests. One such student reflects, “He reached inside me and took me on a journey. Every moment I taught; he was with me.” Another commented, “Don’t get caught with your legs crossed or with chewing gum!”
Dennis and wife Leone moved to Garden Spot Village in New Holland, in 2004 where they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. At Garden Spot he enjoyed fishing, flying his radio-controlled model airplane and being involved in the Community Church through his music. He participated in the Village Voices and the Villagers Quartet along with this wife Leone.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Leone Wilt Lauffer, their daughters, Lynette Moyer of Schuykill Haven, and Joleen Lauffer of Schwenksville, grandson Kevin and wife Shannon and great grandchildren, Olivia and Cylas of Perkiomansville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to The Community Church at Garden Spot Village or the Benevolent Fund of Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA 17557.

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Tobias Klauder

What a great teacher he was! Remember him throwing plastic hamburger at me to get me to stop talking during band/choir practice at Delco Christian. I was just bragging to my kids last night that I don’t ever remember winning anything but first place in any music fine arts festival he lead us in. Praying for the family.
Comment | Posted at 06:33pm via Condolence

My condolences to the Lauffer family. Dennis was my music teacher and choir director during his years at Northern High School in Dillsburg. He was a wonderful teacher and a fantastic director with great expectations of us. I learned a lot about the proper way to sing especially with diction so the audience understands all the words. He will surely be missed.
Comment | Posted at 03:43pm via Condolence

Susan Keyser

Mr Lauffer was a remarkable man, He expected alot of us musicians in High School. We had wonderful musicals and holiday concerts. One of my favorite memories was singing Holy, Holy Holy in German at the top of the alps. We did that piece acapella lining the auditorium at SHS. I was also fortunate to go to Europe with The Am Youth Symphony and Chorus as an RN and violinist. I did see him at GSV pre COVID. I was unable to visit due to COVID. He inspired so many high school kids. Im sure a loss for his family. Prayers for all of you. Susan Mathews Keyser
Comment | Posted at 07:22pm via Condolence

Darrell Woomer

I was saddened to read Dennie's obituary in the Lancaster Paper. Although he is 6 years older than I am, we grew up together in Portage. My dad was pastor of Bethany EUB Church and Emily Lauffer was the first teacher of Bethany's kindergarten of which I was a member. I also spent some summers on the staff at Camp Allegheny. We lost touch when he went to IUP and I eventually went to Juniata. I am now living in the Lebanon area and wish I had known that he was at Garden Spot so we could have shared some memories. My deepest sympathy to Leone and family. Darrell Woomer
Comment | Posted at 08:01am via Condolence

Haydn McLean

My sympathy to the Lauffer family on the loss of "Dawk," a most memorable teacher. I came to admire his high standards and expectations of us students, but his high standards paid off in the accomplishments of his students and choirs. Through the years I enjoyed listening to our recording of the choirs, especially the Academy of Music concert with Prima Vera and the Phila Youth Orchestra. The music community has lost a gem and teaching has lost a bright, shining star. "Well done, good an faithful servant." Haydn McLean
Comment | Posted at 06:36am via Condolence

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