James Laasch, 62, Brookings died Jan. 20, 2001, in Brookings.

He was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., to Helen Crawford.

Mr. Laasch grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. and Maryland.

He married Sally Laasch in 1977 in Maryland.

After working in Washington, D.C., he retired in 1998. He and his wife moved to Brookings that same year from Maryland.

Survivors are his wife Sally Laasch, Brookings; daughters Diana Bowman and Lynn Miller, both of Lothian Md.; grandson Jonathan Carlock, Norfolk, Va.; grandson Steven Dunn, Maryland; granddaughter Elizabeth Synder, Lothian.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Littys Funeral Directors, Brookings Chapel.