Robert George Maurer, 69, of Vermilion, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at his home after a sudden illness.
He was born Dec. 29, 1937, in Sandusky, and was a lifelong Vermilion resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea. Mr. Maurer was a 1964 graduate of The Ohio State University. He earned a B.S. degree in agricultural education. He taught for two years in Edgertown, Ohio, then worked for two years as a chemical representative for Chevron Chemical before moving back to the family farm. For 41 years, he farmed with his family then later owned and operated Maurer Farms in Vermilion. His operation included dairy farming, chemical, seed and machinery sales, a grain elevator and most recently, grain farming of about 3,000 acres.
He was a member of Vermilion United Church of Christ Congregational and of Ely Lodge 424 and the Ohio Farm Bureau. He was a supervisor for the Erie County Board of Soil and Water Conservation where he received a commendation from the Ohio State House of Representatives. He was a life-member of AMVETS Post 22, Vermilion.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ruth (Strittmather); three sons, Thomas G. Maurer of Vermilion, Russell E. Maurer of Avon Lake, Ohio, and Steven S. Maurer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two stepgrandchildren, Kalan and Zack MacKenzie; two brothers, Gary Maurer of Wakeman and James Maurer of Vermilion; a sister, Donna Campbell of New London; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Hazel (Berk) Maurer.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where Ely Lodge 424 will conduct a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wendell Brooker, pastor of United Church of Christ Congregational, officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion, where the Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermilion Food Pantry, (990 State St.) P.O. Box 228, Vermilion, OH 44089.
Condolences may be made at riddlefuneralhome.com.