Maynard C. Marquis, 88, of Henrietta Township, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his home, while under the care of Hospice of the Western Reserve. Mr. Marquis was born August 3, 1924 in Lorain County. He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in the West Carlisle district for seven years. Maynard was a Chronicle-Telegram carrier from 1935 until 1942. In 1936, he was awarded second place in the rural division for outstanding carrier.
He graduated from Elyria High School in 1943 and immediately joined the U.S. Army. After basic training in Georgia, he was sent to England and assigned to the 29th Infantry Division. His unit stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day – June 6, 1944. Maynard was wounded in the battle for St. Lo, France, and returned to England to recuperate. In November of 1944, he returned to France and was assigned to the Supreme Headquarters American Expedition Forces, where his assignment was to stop theft and black market activities in the U.S. Army. In June 1945 he was assigned the job of motorcycle courier in Northern France and Belgium. Maynard was part of the unit that stood guard for President Truman as he traveled through Antwerp, Belgium on his way to the Potsdam Conference in July of 1945. He returned to the states in January of 1946 and was honorably discharged at Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, and immediately joined the Army Reserves for three years. Maynard was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, French Freedom Medal and Good Conduct awards.
After his discharge from the Army, Maynard became a member of IBEW Electricians Local 129. He was elected vice-president for three consecutive terms and assigned to many committees. He worked in the electrical trade in various positions until he retired in 1980.
In 1957, he earned his private pilot license and owned several airplanes which he flew from the grass landing strip behind his home. He was a member of AOPA and the Oberlin Stick & Rudder Club.
Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Alyce became RV enthusiasts. They traveled throughout the U.S., including Alaska, most of southern Canada and all of Mexico. For 25 years they spent winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He was a lifetime member of the Good Sam Club.
Maynard is survived by his daughter, Patricia Tecza (Edmund) of Henrietta Township; and grandsons, Steven Tecza (Rosemary) of Toledo; and Eric Tecza of Marina del Rey, California.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Alyce M. (nee Yost); his parents, Charles and Lillian (nee Sherman); brothers, Arthur and George; and sister, Esther.
Per his wishes, he was cremated. The Marquis family invites friends and family to join them on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at a memorial service at 11 A.M., in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst. Jeff Sweitzer, Spiritual Care Coordinator with Hospice of the Western Reserve, will officiate.
Contributions, if desired, may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.