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T/Sgt. Joseph P. Maiers - 419th Squadron

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T/Sgt. Joseph P. Maiers, 89, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008. He was a resident of Brentwood, Calif. for approximately 20 years. The youngest of four children, he was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Fairfax, the son of Peter A. Maiers and Susan Marie Ludowese. Sisters Cecilia and Viola and brother Jerome all preceded him in death. A Catholic Mass was held for Joseph at St. Anne Catholic Church in Byron, Calif., followed by a Military Honors ceremony prior to burial at the Sacramento Valley VA Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Donations can be made in Joseph's name to a local charity of your choice.

In February of 1942, Joseph left the farm in Fairfax to join the US AAF. Before departing for Italy, he married Frances Elizabeth Davin of Marion, Iowa.

During World War II as a member of the 419th Bomb Squadron, he was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Silver Battle Star, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal and Air Medal, with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

Upon leaving the military, he pursued a career in the aerospace industry where he was an engineer for 30 years. He semi-retired in the early 70s and began property management. He fully retired in 1981 and lived in Minnesota with family before returning to California in 1988. Once back in California, Joe settled into the Brentwood area and quickly became active in the American Legion, Senior Citizens Club and bowling leagues. He enjoyed the many friends and associates that he acquired during his time in the area. Over his lifetime he enjoyed many things including card games, wood furniture making, boating and fishing, cooking and of course, bowling. He was good at building and fixing broken things.

Joe had five children: Elizabeth Jean Maiers, deceased; James Maiers, Diamond Bar, Calif.; Susan Elliott, Phoenix, Ariz.; Robert Maiers, Santa Clara, Calif.; and Michael Maiers, Longmont, Colo. Joseph was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be in our hearts forever and dearly missed. Rest in peace.

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