Douglas Lau, 65, Omaha, NE formerly of Mitchell died Thursday, December 14, 2017at the Quality Living Center in Omaha.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Tuesday, December 19 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Arrangements are with the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Douglas A. Lau was born September 19, 1952 in Mitchell to Alvin and Lavon (Bucknell) Lau. Doug attended kindergarten in Mitchell, but due to his physical handicaps of Cerebral Palsy and severe deafness finished his education away from home. His education included three years at the Crippled Children’s Hospital and School in Sioux Falls and the SD School of Deaf, graduating in 1970. He took a business course at the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs, AR. While living with his parents in Madison he attended SDSD and was employed by the City of Madison for Summer Recreation Programs working with young children. When they moved to Aberdeen he was employed with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1974 he began working for Norwest Bank, presently Wells Fargo, where he worked for over 15 years, until he was forced to go on disability due to Multiple Sclerosis. Even with his handicaps Doug was active in sports, softball, volleyball, darts and pool. He also served as an usher in his church. While living at Quality Living Inc, a long term nursing facility he was active in teaching Sign Language to the staff and residents. Doug was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Omaha and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.
He is survived by his mother, Lavon Lau, sister, Sandy (George) Knockenhauer, nephew, Mike (Shelby) Knockenhauer, great nephews, Mike Jr. and Jack and baby girl Knockenhauer all of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Lau, grandparents, Marcus and Minnie Lau and John and Gertrude Bucknell.
Memorials are preferred to be made to Quality Living Inc., 6404 N. 70th Plz, Omaha, NE 68104.