John F. Laidig, 92, passed Feb. 15 at home. Born in Norcatur KS May 8, 1920, he moved to Holmdel in 1966.
Predeceased by parents Ira and Minnie, brother Floyd Harvey and son John R. Laidig, he is survived by wife Esther (married June 8, 1941 in Topeka KS); daughters Judith Higginbotham, Margaret (Ralph) Chatham, Susan (Vern) Dansand, Jean Laidig; son Thomas (Helen Evans); 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 6 great-greats; brother Eldon (Lynn) Laidig; and sister Ruth (Carroll) Smith.
An electrical engineer for Bell Labs 1941-83, John earned his high school diploma from Oberlin KS 1937, his BS-EE from Kansas University [Summerfield Scholar] 1941, and MS-EE from Brooklyn Polytechnic 1948.
A member of Brookdale Computer Users Group, Friends After Divestiture, and AT&T Old-Timers, he was interested in stamps, trains, photography and crafts. A dependable, loving husband and father; a problem-solver at work and at home; a handy man, both thrifty and generous; he wired several family homes and made first day cover cachets and stained glass lamps. Vacations meant camping in all 50 states, most of Canada and half of Mexico. He was always the same sweet soul—quiet, patient, humorous.
A memorial service will be held at New Life Presbyterian Church, 185 Ocean Ave., Middletown NJ at 11 a.m. on Sat., April 20. Memorial gifts may be made to the church or to Telecom Pioneers, 1801 California St. 44 Fl., Denver CO 80202 (www.telecompioneers.org).