Bernard S. Lauterbach passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22nd at his home,
surrounded by family. Bernie was a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend, and community member. He was a man of
generous heart and spirit and shared a tremendous sense of humor, wit and infectious
warmth with those around him. His family and friends often looked to him for guidance,
advice, and support.
Bernie was pre-deceased by his parents Samuel and Clara Lauterbach, his older
brother Irving, and his wife Judith. Bernie always said that the greatest joy in his life was
his 64-year loving and wonderful marriage to Judy who passed away in 2014. He was
most proud of his children and grandchildren. Bernie is survived by his four children:
Barbara Loeser (Linda), Steve Lauterbach (Ann), Amy Kinkade (Chris), and Debby
Robalin (Mike) and by his eleven grandchildren: Sarah Kass (Lawrence), Becky
Blumberg (Justin), Kyle Lauterbach (Anisa), Rachel Slaton (Richard), Kate Plaza
(Karim), Carly Fox (Adam), Casey Gore (Charlie), Phillip Lauterbach (Sara), Amanda
Robalin, Shelby Robalin, and Halle Lauterbach who all lovingly called him Papa. He
also is survived by his fifteen great-grandchildren: Lacey and Aiden Kass, Owen and
Shayna Blumberg, Jack Bernard Slaton, June and Laney Gore, Sadie and Margot Fox,
Lina and Luke Lauterbach, Paloma and Leo Plaza, Brynn and Ellie Lauterbach. In
addition, Bernie is survived by brother-in-law George Feld and numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
Bernie was born in the Bronx, New York on February 14, 1924 to Samuel and Clara
Lauterbach. He moved to El Paso in 1941 at the age of 17 and attended the Texas
College of Mines (now UTEP) where he received a B.A. in Business and Accounting. He
earned a M.S. in Business and Accounting from Columbia University.
Bernie served in the Navy from 1941-1946 as a Lieutenant (JG); he was a Navigation
Officer aboard an LST in the Pacific Theater during World War II and participated in
three assault invasions and 32 beachings. He was awarded the Philippine Liberation
Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star.
Bernie was a founder and managing partner of Lauterbach, Borschow and Company,
Certified Public Accountants/Business and Personal Consultants from 1952-1990. He
held CPA certificates from California, New Mexico, New York and Texas. He also was a
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Certified Business Appraiser. He taught
accounting at Adelphi University in New York as well as at the University of Texas at El
Paso. Bernie was very active in his profession as a member of AICPA and CPA
Societies of California, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. In addition, he served as
president of the El Paso Chapter, Texas Society of CPA’s. In 1997, Bernie and Judy
endowed the Bernard S. And Judith Lauterbach Scholarship in Accounting at UTEP.