2019 Senate Joint Resolution 42
Relating to: honoring the life and public service of Senator John Maurer.
Whereas, on March 31, 2019, John Joseph Maurer passed away at the age of 96; and
Whereas, Maurer served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1975 to 1984, representing the people of the 22nd Senate District; and
Whereas, Maurer was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1922 to John and Anna (Schuenemann) Maurer; and
Whereas, during World War II, Maurer served in the Army Air Corps and in 1945 commanded a B24 “Liberator” in the 15th Air Force Division; and
Whereas, after Maurer completed his military service he went on to study at Marquette University before becoming a pilot with United Airlines, flying over 25,000 hours during his tenure; and
Whereas, from 1969 to 1975, Maurer served as the Town Chairman of Pleasant Prairie; and
Whereas, Maurer's dedication to public service continued in April of 1975, when he was elected in a special election to Wisconsin's 22nd Senate District and served two more terms in the legislature, and
Whereas, in 1985 Maurer was appointed by Governor Tony Earl to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and
Whereas, Maurer served as Secretary until 1992, during which time he was instrumental in the creation of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, which is now located on the Capitol Square; and
Whereas, the Union Grove Veterans Home went on to dedicate Maurer Hall in his honor; and
Whereas, Maurer is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughter, Lisa Patrick Walls; son, Thomas Maurer; and grandchildren, Noah, John, and Levi; and
Whereas, Maurer is remembered for his wonderful humor and passion for golf; and
Whereas, Maurer will be greatly missed by his family and community in Kenosha to which he dedicated so much of his life; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the Wisconsin Legislature salute the life and public service of John Joseph Maurer and mourn his passing; and, be it further
Resolved, That the senate chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint resolution to the family of John Joseph Maurer.