James “Jim” Darwin Maier, 87, went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and those holding him in their prayers, as he was reunited with his son, Rex, who preceded him in death on June 10, 1970.
Jim was born on June 3, 1925, in Oswego, Ill., the son of Andrew and Luella (Wolf) Maier.
After graduating from Sugar Grove High School in 1943, Jim served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Upon returning home from the service, he married his lifelong partner and friend, Florence Hohmann Maier, on March 6, 1948, and they spent the next 64 years together. He was a member of the Grace Community Fellowship Church, asking the Lord into his heart as a child, and serving Him faithfully by sharing his love of our Lord and his faith with many.
Jim was a farmer his entire life, living on his farm since he was 15 years old. He enjoyed farming, as well as motorcycling, trap shooting and square dancing. He sold Husqvarna and Penton motorcycles, and was a lifelong member of both the American Motorcycle Association and the National Rifle Association.
Jim and Florence took many trips to Branson, Mo., where they enjoyed several musical shows.
Jim was a great encourager and supporter of his children and grandchildren, attending many sporting events and activities of which they took part. He truly loved his family and was always there for them.
Jim is survived by his wife, Florence Maier; his son, Terry (Denise) Maier; his daughter, Charlene (Larry) Driscoll; his grandchildren, Eric (Shari) Maier, Tracy (Kyle) Johnson, Bradley (Kathy) Driscoll, Brian Driscoll and Brittany Driscoll; his great-grandchildren, Anna and Andrew Maier, Elijah, Isaac and Abigail Johnson, and Jackson Driscoll; his sisters, Mary Lou Maier and Carol (Dick) Powell; as well as numerous family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Luella Maier; and his brother, Charles Maier.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home in Yorkville. Pastor Jim Harper officiated. Interment followed at the Kaneville Township Cemetery in Kaneville.
Jim’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to his Pastor, Jim Harper, their Grace Community Fellowship Church family, friends and relatives, and Vistas Team 703 for their excellent nursing care of Jim.
Memorials in Jim’s name may be directed to Grace Community Fellowship Church, 17081 Owens Road, Maple Park, IL 60151, The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or to the Kaneville Township Cemetery, 2S101 Harter Road, Kaneville, IL 60144.