Leonard “Bob” Maurer, 91, of Redwood Falls and formerly of Morgan died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Leonard “Bob” Maurer, 91, of Redwood Falls and formerly of Morgan died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m., all at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church for one hour prior to services. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to area sports teams. Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
Leonard Frank Maurer, the son of George and Marge (Ganske) Maurer, was born November 28, 1922 in Sleepy Eye. He grew up on the family farm in Eden Township, Brown County and received his elementary education in the nearby country school and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School. Following his schooling, Bob farmed with his father. On February 19, 1946, Bob married Marjorie Hogan in Fulda and the couple lived on the farm where Bob was raised. Later they purchased their own farm in Morgan Township, Redwood County where they raised their family. In 1978, the couple moved into the house they built in Morgan. Bob continued to farm after moving into town, officially retiring in the mid-1980s. Marjorie passed away in October 2002 and in 2009 Bob moved into Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls. In his youth, Bob was very active in the Brown County 4-H program where he was named the 1943 4-H Corn Growing Champion. He showed the Brown County Baby Beef Champion and then the Grand Champion Baby Beef at the State Fair. Bob’s involvement in the 4-H program continued with his children as he served as an adult leader of their club. Bob was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was active with the Men’s Sausage Dinner. Bob coached youth basketball at St. Michael’s School for many years and was a member of the Morgan Lions Club. Bob loved sports at all levels and enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events; he was still attending high school basketball games this past season. He had an extensive toy tractor collection and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bob enjoyed going driving to look at the crops – he put many miles on his vehicle and used lots of gallons of gas! He was a kind, gentle man. Bob loved farming but his family was first. He was so proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his children Sheila (Ken) Schouviller of Corcoran, Ron (Monica) Maurer of Windom, Jerry (Mary) Maurer of Carlton, Craig (Robin) Maurer of Northfield, Joel Maurer of Morgan, Colleen (Lanny) Seifert of New Ulm, and Rick (Kim) Maurer of Morgan. Also surviving are grandchildren Kim Brown, Troy Schouviller, Eric Jones, Dan Jones, Annika Jones, Krista Schultz, Ryan Maurer, Jeff Maurer, Collin Maurer, Meghan Maurer, Lindsey Cressman, Wesley Maurer, Loren Maurer, Erin Bruesch, Angie Wendinger, Cassie Seifert, Cameron Maurer, Gavin Maurer, and Preston Maurer; great-grandchildren Erika Tate, Dana Butler, Tyler Brown, Ashley Brown, Rachel Brown, Ava Schultz, Bennett Wendinger, Orla Cressman and Caleb Cressman; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and sisters Elaine Deibele of Sleepy Eye, and Marie (Jim) Trautman of Mankato.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; siblings, Delrose, Lucille “Sis,” Eugene “Sonny,” Jerome “Pal,” and Rosemary “Rosie” Krueger; and daughter-in-law Shelly.