Kenneth R. “Ken” Laux, 75

July 10, 1945 - November 14, 2020

Hastings resident Kenneth R. “Ken” Laux, 75, passed away Saturday, November 14,
2020, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.

Memorial Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, November 21, at Faith Lutheran Church in
Hastings with Pastor Paul Dunbar officiating. Burial with military rites by Hastings
Military Honor Guard will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hastings.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday with family present at the funeral home. Memorials
may be given to Faith Lutheran Church, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or
Nebraska Children’s Home in Omaha. For the health and safety of others face masks are
required for those attending the visitation and funeral, your cooperation is appreciated.
Since there are material sharing restrictions, we ask that you bring your own pen for
signing the registration book or memorial envelopes. If you do not bring one, we can do
that for you. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Ken was born July 10, 1945, in Hastings, NE to Robert D. & Arlene E. (Schnase) Laux.
He attended District 40 and District 2 in rural Hastings. He graduated from Hastings
Senior High School in 1963 and then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where
he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. While at the university, he was a
member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After graduation in 1968, he married Carol
L. Whitcomb on May 31, at the First United Methodist Church. Ten days later he was
drafted into the United States Army, where he received training in radioteletype and
served in Germany for a year and a half. Upon completion of his military obligation in
1970, he began working for State Farm Insurance and remained with them for 39 years.
On October 6, 1971, one child, Eric Anthony Laux was born. Ken was a member of Faith
Lutheran Church.

Ken enjoyed going on fishing trips with his son and his friends. He also derived pleasure
from hunting, tending to his garden behind his office, and playing cards with his friends.
During his career with State Farm, he loved traveling to different parts of the world with
his wife and friends in the insurance business. He continued his education by earning
several insurance designations including CPCU and CLU degrees.

Ken had many lifelong friends from the Hastings area with whom he grew up and
considered them to be his extended family. He cherished every moment he was able to
spend with them. Ken had a special way about him, and almost everyone who knew him
would have a funny story to share. Ken’s legacy will live on in the wonderful memories
of his friends and family.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl &
Audrey Whitcomb.


Wife: Carol Laux – Hastings, NE

Son: Eric Laux – Gretna, NE

Grandchildren: Hunter Laux – Gretna, NE
Gretchen Laux – Gretna, NE

Brother & Spouse: Dan & Deb Laux – Hastings, NE