Anthony “Tony” Lauro Jr., of Portsmouth, went to be with his Lord and Savior on his 88th birthday, January 8, 2022, at the SOMC Hospice Center in Portsmouth while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sandusky in 1934, a son of the late Anthony Francis and Katherine Andrews Lauro.
Tony was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he had served as trustee and was trustee emeritus. A 1952 graduate of Sandusky High School, he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University in 1957 and a Professional Engineer certification in 1963. Tony retired from Aristech as a Project Mechanical Engineer in 1992 and he then went on to work as both the Washington and Noble County Certified Building Official and Master Plans Examiner. Following his retirement from the county positions, Tony continued to work for many years doing commercial and residential building plans, a pursuit he began in 1963. He was a longtime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Martena Ann Terry Lauro. The couple was married March 5, 1988 in Wheelersburg.
Also surviving are three daughters, Linda (Jeff) Cottle of Portsmouth, Jennie (Leroy) Kegley of Wheelersburg and Rachel (Joe) Fleshman of West Union; three brothers, Jack (Mabel) Lauro of Dayton, Eugene Glenn (Carol) Lauro of Akron and Ronald (Jean) Lauro of Cleveland; two brothers-in-law, Robert Gillespie of North Ft. Myers, FL and Greg (Brenda) Sagraves of MI; two sisters-in-law, Berneda Wolfe of Wheelersburg and Rosalie Sagraves of Naperville, IL; seven grandchildren, Laura (Nate) Henson, April Johnson, Lacey (Jonathan) Robles, Lindsay (Thomas) McKinney, Erin Enz, Wesley (Brook) Fleshman and Travis (Ashley) Fleshman; 12 great-grandchildren, Sage Henson, Baley, Kori and Caleb Derifield, Trevon Johnson, Levi and JJ Robles, James and Keelyn McKinney, and Mason, Kysen and Grant Fleshman; as well as many other beloved family members.
In addition to his parents, Tony was also preceded in death by a son, William Francis Lauro; a daughter, Harla Rae Hacker; a grandson, Trevor Enz; his sister, Beverly Ann Gillespie; two brothers-in-law, Roger Wolfe and Art Kameshka; and his father-in-law and wife, Harlan and Ione Terry.
Funeral services will be held at 7 P.M. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Brown officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 P.M. and at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth on Thursday from 10 to 11 A.M. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens at 11:30 A.M. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St., Portsmouth, OH 45662 and Calvary Baptist Church, 2306 Waller St. Portsmouth, OH 45662.
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