July 6, 1932 ~ June 6, 2021

Born in: Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Resided in: Glasgow, Kentucky

Bernard D. Laabs, 88, of Glasgow, KY died June 6, 2021, at the Hospice of Southern Kentucky in Bowling Green, KY.

Bernie was born in Abbotsford, Wisconsin to Bernard M. and Florence (Hutt) Laabs. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin and entered the Army in 1954 in the Army infantry. He left the military in 1956 and married Audrey Whitney. He joined his father, uncles, and cousins in the Cheese business. His profession took him to multiple states. He retired from Dairyman in Glasgow after 20 years in 1997. He was on many Boards while in Glasgow and never met a stranger.
Bernie loved to fish, hunt and be at the family cabin. He and Audrey spent summers there after his retirement until recent years due to health concerns. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey; daughters, Ruth Laabs-Wilcox of Davenport, IA, Kimberly Laabs Phillips of Asheville, NC, Lisa Laabs of Louisville, KY, Kris Laabs Cogdill (Alan) of Chapin, SC, and Amy Pope of Bowling Green, KY; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren with one due in August; one brother, John Laabs of Northern, Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held 1:00pm Thursday June 10th at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with a graveside service to be held in late July in Colby, Wisconsin. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11:00am until time for service at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home.

A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is Honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Laabs. Please share your condolence with the family at

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  1. I wish I could come and give y’all a hug but I’m have surgery on a Thursday. Please know my thoughts are with you all. 💗💗

    • Thank you, Rita. We’d sure love a hug from you. We hope all goes well for you Thursday!

  2. Just read this. So sorry to hear of Mr. Laab’s passing. Love and prayers for this special family.

  3. Dear Audrey,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I hope & pray that our Lord in Heaven will carry you & your chil;dren through this with the love & grace that He can bless you with. I miss working with you.

  4. Sorry to hear about your father Lisa. I know that you will miss him greatly. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Martha Berry Cole
    Jordan and Courtney

  5. Ladies, I’m so sorry for you loss. I remember fishing with Bernie on a fishing trip a bunch of guys went on in Canada. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead. – JoeHarlan & Beth Stone.

      • To the family of Bernard D. Laabs: I found a very nice wedding photo 5 By 7 of Bernie and Florence Laabs in my mother, Irene Wilcox Johnson’s photos. It us a professional photo from the Dake Studio, Medford, Wi. Seems to match the obit of Bernard D Labbs. My e is if there is an address for me to send this nice wedding photo. My guess is Florence and my mother went to teachers training together.

  6. Dear Amy, I am so sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I remember you speaking often and fondly about your parents. It is interesting to see his photo (and the striking resemblance you share) and to hear of his many activities and interests. In addition to his love for his family, I have great resect for the many ways he gave back to his community and cared very much for others. I extend my deepest sympathies to your entire family.

  7. So sorry for your loss Audrey. I think of our times together often. You were so very good to me.

  8. Sending up prayers for u and your family my deepest sympathy you’re in my thoughts and prayers God bless u with strength sorry for your loss.

  9. I hate it that I missed both the visitation and the funeral. I loved your daddy! He was a good man. I know you will miss him!!!

  10. Though we only shared a short time together in the journey of life, you all and Bernie made me feel like a part of your family, and I truly treasure those memories. I enjoyed the many family dinners we all shared together, and you all gave me a taste of a family life I had never really got to experience. I deeply value those memories. My family and I are so sorry for your all’s loss. The force of nature that was Bernie, through his actions and influence, will never die and will perpetually ripple through time. Thank you Amy for letting me share part of my life with you, Bernie, Audrey, Lisa, and Kris.

    • Thank you, Brian. I had no idea what an influence Dad and Mom had on you. So nice of you to share that here.

  11. Audrey and girls, so sorry to hear of Bernie’s death. Dennis and I will be thinking of you.

  12. So sorry to hear of your loss, I served on a regional board when I first met Bernie. He was a really nice man and I am sure he will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers…

  13. So many fond and fun memories. Audrey and girls…..sending deepest sympathies. Please let me know when the service in Colby will be held. I would live to see you.

    • Thank you, Cleo. We will have Dad’s interment in Colby at 1 PM on July 18th. We’d love to see you.

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