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Aurelio B. Laoyan

Died: Sat., Jul. 9, 2016


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Aurelio B. “Oreo” Laoyan, 82, of Prince Street, Northumberland, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Gwynn Oak, Md.

He was born July 6, 1934, in Kapangan, Benguet Province, Philippines, a son of the late Toriano Laoyan and Keljag Bayas Laoyan. On May 23, 1959, he married Lilia Tabora Laoyan who survives.

He graduated from Mountain State Agricultural College High School.

Oreo was a bus conductor for a few years and became a construction worker at the bureau of public highways in Benguet Province. In 1969, he started working as an electronics repairman/technician and a small store operator. He was lastly employed by Furman’s Cannery, Northumberland until his retirement in 2011.

Mr. Laoyan was a member of the First Baptist Church, Danville. He invited Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in the early 1970s, after he was shared the gospel through New Tribes Mission in the person of Mr. Wayne Bauer, missionary to the Philippines. He was the Ibaloi Dialect translator of Mr. Bauer as they shared the gospel. Oreo’s greatest joy in life was to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Oreo also loved to play golf and tend his vegetable garden.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by his children, Mary Margaret and Robert Jr. Matthews, of Baltimore, Md., Mary Lourdes and Jesus Martin, of Allentown, Angeline L. and Dermont Bouchard, of Athens, Ga., Aurileen L. and Julius Garoy and Lt. Col. Ronald T. and Jacqueline Laoyan, both of Camp Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines; 15 grandchildren, Andrew and wife Mariah, Rachel, Alexander, Christianne, David, Marcel, Maurice and wife Amber, Michael and wife Robin, Monica, Julieanne, Julianna Lilia, Kendrix, Shanea, Renee and Auri George.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Toriano Laoyan.

A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 20 Brookside Drive, Danville, followed by the funeral at 11 with the Rev. Dawes Dunham officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland.

Contributions in Oreo’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church.

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