Carl John Mayer was born March 29, 1926 on a farm near Marcus, the third son born to Erwin W. and Elsa Rosine (Dorr) Mayer. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Marcus April 25, 1926. The family moved to Marcus in 1928, but returned to the farm in 1931. Carl attended Simpson Bethel, Amherst #8 rural school. Following eighth grade graduation, Carl attended a year of Confirmation School at Trinity Lutheran. He was confirmed on April 6, 1941.
Carl enlisted in the Army Air Corps March 1, 1944, and entered active duty May 19, 1944. Even though he was not present at the ceremony, Carl finished his formal education at Marcus High School, graduating with the class of 1945. He served at Carlsbad Air Force Base as an aviation mechanic. He also attended clerk typist school and worked as a discharge preparer prior to earning his honorable discharge Nov. 29, 1945.
Upon returning from the war, Carl farmed with his brother Earl for one year and worked for the Marcus Lumber Company. Carl then took a position with the Dorr Feed Mill in the general office where he was the office manager and bookkeeper. He remained at this job for seven years.
On March 16, 1951, Carl and Elizabeth Joanne Raetz were united in marriage at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen. The couple built a house in Marcus and, in 1953, moved to the family farm near Marcus. Carl and Betty raised three sons there along with grain farming and livestock. They moved to their present home in Marcus in 1984 and Carl retired from farming in 1991.
Carl was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. He served as elder, president, secretary/treasurer, ushered, taught Sunday School, and youth and adult Bible class. He served on the Community Coop Oil board of directors for 25 years, the Marcus Amherst Cemetery Board, the Cherokee County School Board, and as City of Marcus treasurer.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Betty of Marcus; three sons and their wives, David and Trish of Sioux Falls, S.D., Bruce and Chris of Lino Lakes, Minn., and James and Lisa of Marcus; four grandchildren, Kevin and Lauren of Lino Lakes, Minn. and Bridget and Ben of Marcus; a sister Shirley (Mrs. Charles) Rosburg of Hot Springs, Ark.; two brothers and their wives Warren and Aldine of Gayville, S.D., and Paul and Pam of Ventura, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Wilma Treinen of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Carl John II in 1955; a brother and his wife, Earl and Iris; a sister-in-law, Elaine Mayer; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Dorothy and Ray Brown, and Jo and Jim Craig; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Rosburg and Merle "Mickey" Treinen.
Funeral services will be10 a.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. The Rev. James Gruber will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus-Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral. The Earnest -- Johnson Funeral Home of Marcus is assisting Carl's family with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church Missions, Hospice of Siouxland, or the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023.
Stories, memories and expression of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.