Edwin "Eddie" H. Maiers
Edwin "Eddie" H. Maiers, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of New Vienna, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW, in Dyersville, Iowa, where an American Legion Post 137 and New Vienna VFW Post 7736 service will be held at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue Monday morning, Oct. 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Tom Heathershaw will officiate and Deacon Mike Ellis will assist. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna, Iowa, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137 and New Vienna VFW Post 7736.
Eddie was born June 27, 1926, in Holy Cross, the son of Gilbert and Henrietta (Lake) Maiers. He grew up on the family farm, ending his education after ninth grade to help on the farm. Eddie was a proud World War II veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946, and was a charter member of VFW Post 7736. Eddie met and dated Laura Mescher shortly before he entered the Army and their courtship continued while he was on furlough. Laura waited for Eddie for two years while he served overseas and they married on Oct. 2, 1950, in New Vienna.
He attended barber school in St. Paul, Minn., and obtained his barber license in 1951. He operated Eddie and Howard's Barbershop with his longtime barber partner, Howard Rettenmeier, in Dyersville until 1972, and from 1985 to 2000 operated Eddie's Barbershop out of his home in New Vienna. Eddie also was a salesman for Moorman Manufacturing Co. from 1973 to 1985 and worked 30-plus years as a salesman for Bankers Advertising Co. With his wife Laura, they operated Kustom Plastics for 20 years from their home in New Vienna. He served on the board of directors of New Vienna Savings Bank for several years.
Eddie was a committed community and St. Boniface parish volunteer, including many years as a member of the New Vienna Fire Department.
Eddie learned to play the accordion at an early age, which grew into a lifelong love of music and the accordion. His first paid gig was at age 15 for a wedding anniversary party, for which he received $3. A favorite of his was playing at the annual St. Boniface Parish Picnic. He entertained many residents at area care centers over the years, so it was fitting his final performance occurred at Stonehill Franciscan Services in early August. He loved entertaining his grandkids with his accordion and could always make them smile with one of his many jokes.
Eddie is survived by his children, Jim (Barb) of Dubuque, Gary (Diane) of Plymouth, Minn., Dave (Shirley) of Bloomington, Minn., Tom (Deb) of Rochester, Minn., Marty (Ann) of Iowa City, Iowa, Bill (Sandi) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Don (AJ) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Eddie also is survived by his siblings, Eileen Kluesner of Farley and Al "Butch" (Pat) Maiers of Dubuque; in-laws, Norma Maiers of Dyersville and Shirley Maiers of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laura, in 2016; siblings, Leon (Harriet) Maiers, Wilmer Maiers and Clete Maiers; and in-laws, Jerry Kluesner, Herb (Irene), Vince (Lucille), Al (Vi), Elmer (Marion), Ray (Fran), Eddie (Anna Jane), Don (Betty) and Bob (Peggy) Mescher, Alma (Jim) Healy, Rose (Elmer) Johanningmeier and Arlene (Dick) Southwell.
The family greatly appreciates the wonderful care provided by Eagle Pointe Place, Stonehill Franciscan Services and Hospice of Dubuque.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Stonehill Franciscan Services, Church of the Resurrection, St. Boniface Church or Beckman High School.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.