May 28,1956---Sep 03,2021

 Jeffrey Lynn Lauersdorf, age 65, of Shawnee, passed away on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. He was born on May 28, 1956, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Lynn and Shirley Lauersdorf.   

Jeffrey graduated from La Follette High School in 1974, where he was a football running back. He went on to play football at UW-Whitewater, working construction jobs during the summers to finance his education. He graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1978. Jeff received his law degree from Washburn University of Topeka in 1981 and spent the next 40 years of his life in Kansas. He married Karen, the love of his life, in 2007.  

Jeff worked at Wallace Saunders Austin Brown and Enoch Law Firm, and recently retired from the Swiss Reinsurance (Swiss Re) Company. He was a supporter of the Sunflower House for Abused Women in Shawnee and was a member of the Washburn University Alumni Association and the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. In his free time, Jeff enjoyed traveling with Karen, fantasy football leagues, playing golf and gardening. 

Jeff is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Bryan and Kelsey; his parents, Lynn and Shirley Lauersdorf of Madison; brother, Rob (Angie) Lauersdorf; sister, Cindy (Mike) Fox; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

A visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8 at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS with the Funeral Serivce following at 10:30 a.m.   In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Sunflower House, 15440 W 65th St, Shawnee, KS 66217.


Shari Godfrey Sep 04 ,2021

Friend ,Smithville ,Missouri

Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Shari Godfrey

Rick Merker Sep 04 ,2021

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

My sincere condolences to you and the family. Jeff and I go back to when he came to Wallace Saunders. Great lawyer but greater friend and good guy. We had so many fun times. His suffering is finally over. I will miss my friend tremendously.

Brian Butcher Sep 04 ,2021

Friend ,Blue Springs ,Missouri

Jeff hired me to work at ERC, now Swiss Re. He was a great boss and an even better person. My deepest condolences to his family.

Teresa Winke Sep 04 ,2021

Dear friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Karen, It is difficult to put into words the sorrow that we are feeling. Jeff was a wonderful man, husband, friend and all around great guy. Love and comfort to you Karen, Bob and Teresa Winke


Friend ,Harrisonville ,Missouri

Karen and family, my deepest condolences. Sending wishes for comfort and peace to you all during this difficult time.

Karen Fredericksen Sep 04 ,2021

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Karen, my deepest sympathy to you and Jeff’s family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort. Love you.

Kathy and Bruce Cue and family Sep 04 ,2021

Brother-in-law and uncle ,Lincoln ,Nebraska

Jeff was a wonderful addition to our family. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to Karen, Bryan, Kelsey, his parents and the rest of his family. 🌲🌲🌲🌲

Sherry Barry Sep 05 ,2021

I worked with Jeff at Wallace Saunders I remember him as fun loving a great dancer and easy to work with. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Rest In Peace Jeff

Frank Fraas Sep 05 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Karen, words fail in times like this, but please know that you are in our prayers. May God's peace bring you comfort. Jeff's suffering is over.

Diana Gragson Sep 05 ,2021

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

Karen, my deepest sympathy to you and Jeff’s family. May you take comfort with the friends and family that surround you.

Bill Walker Sep 05 ,2021

Friend ,Florida

Sorry for your loss. Jeff was a good guy and great friend.

DavidDickson Sep 06 ,2021

Jeff and I met in 1997 when I went to work for ERC. I joined the Monday night golf league in order to get to know folks. After they learned they could get me to buy beers I was invited to join the Saturday group in which Jeff was a leading figure. The stories and fun memories I have from those Mondays and Saturdays are too many to repeat here. Suffice it to say that when I think of Jeff and those times it brings a smile to my face. My condolences to Karen and his family.

Charles Phillips Sep 06 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

When I started at ERC in 1998, Jeff was my first manager. Great guy to work for and with. He was a good colleague and friend as well. We will miss him!

Greg Thomas Sep 06 ,2021

Friend ,Detroit ,Michigan

Jeff was a business acquaintance I met in 1991, and with 500 miles separating us, we became great friends. I must have golfed 250 rounds with him and the many other great Kansas City friends he introduced me to. He was kind, gentle, forgiving, understanding and tolerant. I am very sorry that the world has lost this man, and I offer my most sincere condolences to his family.

Larry L Lorenzen Sep 06 ,2021

friend co-worker ERC/Swiss Re ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Karen and family, So sorry for your loss. Jeff was truly one of the good ones and will be greatly missed. He and I shared a love of the Packers. He always brought me Wisconsin papers when he visited his folks. Go Pack Go! Also, I think he and I were the last to continue to believe in paper and not electronic data. Data won, but Jeff always fought the good fight. Please know he is at peace and no longer suffering. May your memories comfort you at this difficult times. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kevin Regan Sep 06 ,2021

Friend and classmate ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Dear Karen and family, Jeff and I were law school classmates. He was a dear friend and great man. He loved you all so much and talked of you often. He was the most inspirational and courageous man I ever met. His love of life and refusal to give in to adversity were breathtaking. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dee and Kevin Knockemus Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Hugs and prayers to Karen and family. Jeff was a great friend and person. We have lots of fond memories of Jeff over the years.

Penny Condos Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I’m so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I worked at ERC for many years and enjoyed working with Jeff and chatting with him. He was such a nice guy. My sympathies to his entire family.

Marty Rosemann Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Greenwich ,Connecticut

Karen and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Since I learned of Jeff's passing, the memories have come flooding back. The cheeseburger Thursday's at Maloneys, the golf trips to Arizona, the retirement happy hour in the River Market, and just the everyday conversations in the office. Jeff will be truly missed by so many.

Karen Musto Sep 07 ,2021

Co-worker ,Henderson ,Nevada

Karen, my deepest sympathies. My husband Ron worked for Jeff and had such respect for him. He followed Jeff's posts on Caring Bridge and was always encouraged by how Jeff could maintain a positive outlook and found inspiration as his own health was failing. You and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mike Dorsey Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Clarksville ,Arkansas

I met Jeff when he came to Kansas and was at Washburn Law School. We had a mutual friend who introduced us and welcomed Jeff into a group of guys that hunted and partied together. Jeff was a very nice man and was a good friend to all he met and interacted with. He will be greatly missed.

Linda McConnell Sep 07 ,2021

Former Co-Worker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff. I enjoyed working with him during our time at ERC. My condolences to Karen and their family

Len Schapker Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My deepest condolences to Karen and Jeff's family. Jeff and I met in 1981 and our friendship continued for 40 years. Jeff was one of the original "Scottsdale Boys" and every May, we enjoyed golf, desert dry heat and a few beers. I am sure that when the "Boys" get together again, Jeff stories will be told with much laughter and many tears. We were also fantasy football partners and fought like cats over the draft for our team: The Choo - Choo. Despite my protests, Jeff was always Choo #1 and I was Choo #2 - go figure! Jeff was a gentle and generous soul. I will miss him greatly. Rest easy my friend.

Mark Skorah Sep 07 ,2021

Friend ,Vancouver

I met Jeff through other friends at ERC and was on the golf trips to Arizona in which he played such a central role. Jeff had a wonderful sense of humour and also was as kind and decent as any person can possibly be.My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Stephanie (Tatley) Hunsucker Sep 07 ,2021

Co-worker ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Karen, My sincerest condolences are with you and your family. Jeff was an amazing man with the best stories! He could always make me laugh! His knowledge was so vast and he always had an answer to my work questions! I will forever remember his love of paper! He will be sorely missed! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Dave Baughman Sep 07 ,2021

My condolences to Jeff’s family. I worked with Jeff for many years at ERC/Swiss Re. I was on the underwriting side and Jeff handled our most complex/difficult claims. I respected him for his knowledge and experience but most of all he was such a nice guy. I never hesitated to call him if I had a question and he was always happy to share his expertise. RIP Jeff!

Craig Sep 07 ,2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll remember Jeff fondly for his sense of humor, Wisconsin roots and love of golf. He was a skilled lawyer and always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others. He will be missed.

Richard F Lund Sep 08 ,2021

Co-worker ,RAYTOWN ,Missouri

Karen, Bryan and Kelsey, I worked with your husband and father for over 25 years and feel lucky to have called him a friend. I met him when we were both still in practice and was glad to see another friendly face when I joined ERC. I'm glad I got to play golf with him and enjoy his company. He is already missed.

Brian Evans Sep 08 ,2021

Co-worker at ERC/Swiss Re ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Karen and family, please accept my condolences. Jeff handled the complex claims for the business unit I worked in. He was very knowledgeable and would always take the time to provide the information we needed. I used to joke with him that our underwriting decisions provided him with job security. Jeff was a super friendly guy to be around. Please try to find comfort and peace by remembering the good times you had with him.

Hank Miller Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Karen and family - I've known Jeff since the ERC days, Jeff and I were Fantasy Football opponents & golf partners in the ERC/Swiss Re golf league for a number of years. Always enjoyed playing with him, had a great time at the 19th hole with him after numerous rounds. Hope that he's sitting around up in Heaven now, chatting away, snacks available as he's having a cold brew, enjoying the view.... my heartfelt condolences, he will be missed by all that had the good fortune to have known him.

Jay Carleton Sep 08 ,2021

Friend ,Bexley ,Ohio

So sorry to hear this news. Jeff was a great guy who started out as my boss and became a good friend over the years. We spent many of hours on the golf course and enjoying adult beverages together. Thoughts and prayers to Karin and his kids. Jay Carleton

Julie Carter Sep 08 ,2021

Friend/Co-worker ERC/SwissRe ,Olathe ,Kansas

Karen and family, please accept my sincere condolences. I met Jeff when he took a job at ERC. He had a great sense of humor and was helpful and kind. My favorite Lauersdorf story was at the ERC golf tourney finale, we had a “fun night” team event at Sunflower Hills where there were “contests” on various holes. Jeff and I were in the same group. One hole was “longest drive with a putter.” Jeff took a full swing with his putter on the tee box and hit the ball hard. The head of his putter came flying off and landed farther than the golf ball in the fairway. We all laughed until we cried; no one more than Jeff himself. He was a good man with a great attitude and many friends. I am sorry for your loss.

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