Lauren "Bud" McLaughlin

Posted 8/31/21

TROY GROVE - Lauren “Bud” McLaughlin, 100, of Troy Grove went to be with the Lord on Aug. 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

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Lauren "Bud" McLaughlin


TROY GROVE - Lauren “Bud” McLaughlin, 100, of Troy Grove went to be with the Lord on Aug. 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with Rev. Jeff Brace officiating. Burial will be at Troy Grove Cemetery, Troy Grove. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 with a Masonic service at 9:15 a.m.

Lauren was born April 28, 1921 in Dickens, Iowa to Lester and Lucy (Miller) McLaughlin. He married Evelyn Wallace on Nov. 22, 1944 on his parent’s farm in Mendota. She preceded in death on April 26, 2018 after 73 years of marriage.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth (Pat) McLaughlin of Mendota, Keith (Penny) McLaughlin of LaSalle and Kevin McLauglin of Troy Grove; one daughter, Karen (Mark) Galloway of Dalzell; nine grandchildren, Diane Harrison, Matt (Jill) McLaughlin, Kenny, Ryan, Tara and Erin McLaughlin, Michelle (Matt) Dilday, Lauren Galloway and Taylor (Cory) Myers; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Morel of LeLand; one sister-in-law, Dorthy Wallace of Mendota; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two sisters, Margaret Davis and Ruth Stevenson; two brothers, Kenneth and Hiram McLaughlin; an infant daughter, Kathy; and a granddaughter, Marisa McLaughlin.

Bud’s family settled in Illinois when he was 6 years old. He lived with his grandma so he could work on the farm. He milked 19 cows before walking 2 miles to school. He walked behind two mules plowing the fields and rode in a horse and buggy going to church with his grandma. At 17, he played his guitar in a band at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He enjoyed riding in rodeos and going on trail rides, riding his motorcycle or driving around in his 1937 Ford Coupe in his younger years. He had many jobs over his lifetime. At age 15, he started working for Del Monte on the can line. He was also a mechanic at Linne’s working on farm machinery. He farmed, drove livestock to Chicago, had a corn shelling business and also owned an Artic Cat snowmobile business. He started the Troy Grove Fire Department and served as chief for over 50 years. He was also the Troy Grove Road Commissioner for 20 years and a beekeeper for 20 years. Bud was very proud to be a member of the Masonic Lodge for 76 years and was active with their School Identification program which fingerprinted and provided identification cards to children.

Bud and Evelyn enjoyed square dancing, snowmobiling and going to Michigan on family vacations. His favorite past time was fishing and he loved going to Orr, Minn. to see his fishing family. He went on many fishing trips with his sons. He also enjoyed hunting and went on several hunting trips out west with his cousin, Ralph. Bud was a loving, caring, thoughtful husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and a wonderful friend to many. Heaven gained an awesome fisherman.

Memorials may be directed to Zion United Methodist Church or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at