ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- John P. Maiers, Sr., 79, of St. Cloud, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at the St. Cloud hospital surrounded by his family.
John was born April 29, 1924 in St. Cloud, Minn., the son of Nicholas and Theresa (Peters) Maiers. He served in the U.S Army Air Corps during World War II in the 15th Air Force Division, the 763 Squadron of the 460th Bombardment Group.
On June 26, 1949, he married Shirley M. Schneider at the Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minn. He owned and operated, with his family, Maiers Transfer and Storage. He also established and operated Maiers Leasing and Supply, Maiers Steel Buildings, and Tree Transplanters of St. Cloud.
He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral parish, life member of VFW Post 428, and the American Legion of Baudette. He was a past member of the St. Cloud Lions, Elks, and the Central Minnesota Gun Club.
John's many loves included family, farming, fishing, and hunting. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
His is survived by his wife Shirley, children, John L. of Sartell, Minn., Thomas J. and his wife, Nadine, of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Karen Huot and her husband, Stephen, of Minneapolis, Minn., Patti Donlin and her husband, Michael, of Le Mars, and Joan Miller and her husband, Tim, of Sartell, Minn.; grandchildren, John Cole Maiers, Nicole, Adrienne and John Thomas Maiers, Joseph, Andrew and Jennifer Huot, Kathryn, Christopher and Elizabeth Donlin, Tony and Andrea Miller.
He was preceded in death by sister and brothers: Sister Mary Gerald OSB, Julius, George, Eugene, Anthony and an infant brother Leo.
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of John P. Maiers, Sr., will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Cathedral Upper Church in St. Cloud. The Rev. Steven Binsfeld will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post 428. Friends may call between 4 and 9 Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. The VFW Post 428 will pray at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in St. Cloud followed by St. Mary's parish prayers at 7 p.m.