Lt. Col. Michael E. "Mack" McLaughlin, 44, of 8238 Lamor Road, Mercer, died at 1:55 a.m. Jan. 5, 2006, in Ramadi, Iraq.

He was born Oct. 29, 1961, in Munich, Germany, a son of Daniel P. and Carol McLaughlin. They survive in Tionesta, Pa.

He married the former Tamera Fedele on Aug. 14, 1982. She survives.

Mr. McLaughlin was president of MARC Builders in Mercer.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. McLaughlin had been an ammunition officer of Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 229th Field Artillery in New Castle, and was currently serving with the 2nd Brigade, 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

He was a member of the Mercer Veterans of Foreign Wars, Zem Zem Shrine of Erie, Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, Mercer County Wheel Patrol and Pollock Lodge 502 F--amp;AM.

Mr. McLaughlin was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer.

In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include two daughters, Ericha McLaughlin and Erin McLaughlin, both of Mercer; a brother, Christopher McLaughlin of Tionesta; and a sister, Rebecca Laubach of Mars, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Calling hours are 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Cunningham Funeral Home, 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer. The Rev. James Kennelley and chaplain Maj. Doug Etter will officiate. Full military honors will be performed at St. Peters Cemetery, Butler Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to buy phone cards for troops serving in Iraq. The cards are available through Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 100 Penn Ave., Mercer, Pa. 16137.

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