Neal Frederick MAURER, 87, of Fort Myers, FL and Wooster passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2010 in Ft. Myers, Florida after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 29, 1922 in Apple Creek, the son of Clifford and Blanche Whitaker Maurer.
He was a graduate of Apple Creek High School. While a student at Kent State University, WWII commenced. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a medic in the South Pacific for three and 1/2 years earning 4 bronze stars.
Following military discharge, he graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. He served his apprenticeship at McIntire Funeral Home and later became the owner/manager until his retirement in 1984. Upon retirement, he and his wife of 61 years, Meg (Miriam Glass) of Akron enjoyed wintering in Florida.
His favorite interests included outdoor activities, fishing, gardening, traveling, golf and listening to Big Band music. He was a long time member and past president of Kiwanis, former chairman of the Wooster Chapter of the American Red Cross, Board member of the Greater Wayne County Foundation and Citizens Bank/Bank One and a past president of the Wooster Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church, a 63 year member of Ebenezer Lodge #33 F &AM, Wooster Chapter #27 Royal Arch Masons, Wooster Council #13 Royal and Select Masters, Wooster Commandery #68, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton and the Al Koran Shrine Club. He had served on the Board of United Way, the Wooster United Methodist Church Board and and was a two term Lay Leader.
His particular pride was involvement in fundraising for the renovation of the Second Baptist Church in Wooster.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Janis Bertelsen of Richmond, VA, and Karen (Fred) Warner of Charlotte, NC. three step grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren.
Neal was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law William Bertelsen and brothers, Carl (Greta), Paul (Marie) & Earl Maurer.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, on Monday evening from 6-8:00 P.M.
Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Larry Black officiating. Interment will follow in the Apple Creek Cemetery, Apple Creek, OH.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne Co., 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, Oh or the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne Co. or the Wooster United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home
Monday, March 15, 2010 from 6-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home