Maurer, Richard G. (Dick), Freeland, Michigan

A lifelong farmer at heart! Dick passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010 at his home. The son of the late Edward and Esther (Bucker) Maurer, Dick was born April 18, 1925 in the family home and would have celebrated his 85th birthday next month. He married Elaine Dubay on April 7, 1945. She predeceased him in March of 1963. Dick then married Eva Stephens, his loving wife of 45 years, on March 6, 1965. She survives him. Dick invented (patented) the Maurer Bean Puller. He was one of the original developers of Twin Oaks Golf Course from 1965-1988. Dick was also the co-owner of Metro Fabricating and D&T Oil from 1975-1988. He was a member of Kochville United Methodist Church. Dick enjoyed farming, metal fabrication, “planting trees”, hunting, fishing and traveling. Surviving, beside his wife Eva, are one son, two daughters and their spouses, Ed and Gail Maurer, Saginaw; Judi and Bob Werkema, The Villages of Florida; Jan Maurer, Loveland, Colorado; a step-son, David Stephens, Bay City; six grandchildren, Jeff (Jessie) Corbat, Scott (Tamsen) Corbat, Joy (Rod) Dutton, Katie Maurer, Sydney Stephens and Shelby Stephens; five great-grandchildren, Tessa, Maxwell, Griffin, Madison and Lucas; one sister, Doris Sturm, Midland; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. Susan Bennett Siles will officiate with entombment in Chapel Hill Mausoleum in Freeland, Michigan. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Kochville United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.