Camp saddened by passing of Roger Wetlaufer

Roger WetlauferCamp Courageous was saddened by the passing of Roger Wetlaufer, 87, originally from Oelwein.  Roger and I had the opportunity to sit on a couple boards together and he always brought a lot of knowledge and experience to the table.  Roger worked at the family business, City Laundering Co., which was founded in 1906 by his father in Oelwein.  Roger took over the business in 1972 from his brother, Gerald.  Under his leadership, City Laundering Company continued to expand its market area. By 1973, the plant was serving territories in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin with linen supply, uniform rental, laundry and dry cleaning services, with approximately 100 employees and 27 trucks in operation.  Roger gave me a tour of the operations, and it was unbelievable!  Upon his retirement in 1991, his son Roger J. took over as president. Today, Roger J’s son Colin marks the fourth generation to operate the family business. Roger and his wife of 63-years, Esther, have supported the camp for decades, and that legacy from the Wetlaufer Family and CITY continues today. -cwb