Donald Thieme Laufer

Male7 March 1923–14 December 1943

Brief Life History of Donald Thieme

When Donald Thieme Laufer was born on 7 March 1923, in Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States, his father, William Martin Edward Laufer, was 38 and his mother, Hedwig Emma "Hattie" Thieme, was 37. He lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 14 December 1943, at the age of 20, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Martin Edward Laufer
Hedwig Emma "Hattie" Thieme
Edward Eugene Laufer
Donald Thieme Laufer

Sources (6)

  • Donald Laufer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Donald T Laufer, "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"
  • Donald T Laufer, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (2)

World Events (7)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.


Age 6

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.


Age 8

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Berish, Mayer, Chaim, Leibish, Ari, Hyman, Moishe, Moshe, Myer, Pinchas. German Hans, Armin, Berthold, Erwin, Frieda, Fritz, Fritzi, Ilse, Mathias, Otto, Siegmund, Wolfgang.

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Läufer): occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’.

German (also Läufer): habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf, Laufen, or Lauffen in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (see Lauf ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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