Maurice L. "Mike" Laidacker, 95, Watsontown, formerly of Blue Ball, passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Watsontown Health and Rehab where he had been residing the past year.
He was born Aug. 9, 1922, in rural Watsontown, a son of the late Lloyd S. and Harriet M. (Diggan) Laidacker. On June 24, 1944, he married the former Lois M. Schooley and they celebrated 69 years of marriage until her death July 3, 2013.
Mike went to grade school at Delaware Run school where he met his future wife in the eighth grade, and attended Watsontown High School. He was a veteran of the Army and served in Panama, Ireland, and areas of Europe.
Earlier in life he was employed by the former Turbotville Silk Mill and the former Jasper Wood Products in Watsontown. He was known as the "milk-man" for 17 years in the rural Watsontown and Turbotville areas and is remembered for giving chocolate milk to children along his route. Later he worked and retired as a township supervisor.
He was proud of the home he built with his father-in-law where he and his wife resided most of their married life. He enjoyed collecting and trading antique cars. Mike was a friendly and caring man and willing to share whatever he had with others.
Surviving are four sons and one daughter and their spouses, Gary L. and Lisa Laidacker, of Hughesville, Larry M. and Suzanne Laidacker, of Muncy Valley, James M. Laidacker, of Watsontown, David R. and Susan Laidacker, of Danville, and Maureen and Neil Parker, of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ann Albertson, of Watsontown and Mary Lou Anderson, of Millville.
He was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Debra Laidacker in 2016; three sisters, Lola Pursel in 2002, Miriam Raup Ritter in 2007, and Gladys Crawford in 2015; and one brother, Robert S. Laidacker in 1988.
Funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.
The family will provide the flowers and suggest contributions in Mike's memory be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
Published on August 16, 2017