Oscoda County Herald

William Earl Maier Jr

Died October 13, 2021

William Earl Maier Jr, age 67, passed into heaven on the morning of Wednesday, October 13, at home with his beloved wife at his side and family all around.

William was born May 19, 1954, in Grayling, Michigan to William and Johanne (Matson) Maier.

Everyone that knew Bill would agree that his sense of adventure compelled him to live life to the absolute full.  He stayed active through much of his life in numerous forms of recreation including cross country skiing, competing in marathons, hosting hockey tournaments in his backyard, dirt biking, windsurfing, mountain biking, and sailing. He carried the third generation of his grandfather’s family concrete siding business “Perma Log” which began in the 40s. He met his beloved wife, Diane, through her need for help smoothing the poles for her tipi summer home. In early marriage they traveled extensively from the Canadian Rockies to Tonga, he summited North America’s tallest peak Mt McKinley “Denali,” and as a new family they spent a year on a teaching exchange in New Zealand.  He was a music enthusiast and a family man, from captaining the family sailboat trip for 9 months to the Bahamas, to spending summers sailing with the family in Lake Huron and visiting his daughter during her exchanges in Thailand and Peru.

He was a prolific creative force unafraid to challenge the status quo through massive cement sculptures (including Easter Island heads, Stonehenge, flintstone houses, aliens, and a rocket ship) to steampunk, welded sculptures, building a violin, along with numerous woodworks.  He was an original thinker, often inspiring people to think outside the box, and brightening up a room with his quick wit. He readily encouraged his daughters Elise and Meg to pursue their creative ideas in art and music. He challenged religious rhetoric and was rooted in the simplicity of the down-to-earth Gospel, often telling people he met that “Jesus was a cool dude.” Even in his final days battling Alzheimer’s disease, amidst the challenges he would still find ways to laugh and cling to the hope and peace of Jesus Christ.

William is survived by his wife Diane (Bills) Maier, his daughters Elise (Perry) Clouse, Meg (Corey) Engelhart and his 5 grandchildren: Danforth “William” and Melody Engelhart, Sophia, Eureka, and Liberty Clouse; as well as his mother Johanne King and his sisters: Christine King & Linda Maier-Denk.

He was preceded in death by his father William Maier Sr. and his brother James Maier.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 18, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the AuSable River Restaurant with snacks provided and drinks available for purchase.

Service will be held Tuesday, October 19, at TriPoint Church of God, 831 W. Miller Road Mio, MI 48647; visitation at 10:00 AM and service at 11:00 AM, with lunch following.

Donations may be given to:

TriPoint Church of God Missions: app.clovergive.com/app/giving/tcog,

Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center: giving.mclean.org/mclean-brain-bank/

To have a tree planted in Bill’s memory visit www.lashleyfuneralhome.com.