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1/2/2013 11:30:00 AM
George Maze
George Maze
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George Maze

Mr. George H. Maze, 84, of Peru passed away Dec. 30, 2012, in his home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in First Congregational Church, Peru, with the Rev. David Heidemann, pastor officiating. Visitation and appetizers will follow at the church hall. Private burial will be at Peru City Cemetery at a later date. 

Mueller Funeral Home in Peru is assisting the family.

Mr. Maze was born at home, July 12, 1928, at 2731 Seventh St., Peru, to Hamilton Murray and Geneve (Cadle) Maze. He married Nancy Chadbourne in La Salle in July 1952.

He attended Peru Public Schools and graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1950 with a degree in economics and business, with a minor in chemistry.

He started work in the laboratory at American Nickeloid Co. in October 1950. However, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in December of that year. After 14 weeks of infantry basic training he was reassigned to Army Chemical Center in Maryland where he remained until discharge in December 1952. He then returned to American Nickeloid Co., where over the years he held various positions, finally as president.

He was active in local organizations, being a board member of Peoples Hospital/Illinois Valley Community Hospital for more than 50 years and a board member of the Hygienic Institute for more than 50 years. For a number of years he was on the board of La Salle National Bank. At various times he was a member of the Farm Bureau, Peru Boat Club, Peru Pistol Club, AOPA (holding a private pilot’s license), The Nature Conservancy, Starved Rock Audubon Society, La Salle County Natural Area Guardians and Illinois Nature Land Institute, and maintained an Illinois Professional Engineer’s License.

He was not active in organized sports but enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, solar eclipses, photography, canoeing, boating and camping with the family pop-up trailer or tent, from car or canoe, seeing places and things one cannot see otherwise. Notable river trips were two months on the Snake River in Idaho, and two multi-week trips on the Thelon in the Northwest Territories. As a teen he rafted on the Illinois River, and later canoed and boated on the Great Lakes and on the Fox, Little and Big Vermilion, and other Midwestern rivers.

Various trips included one month to Alaska with three sons and a nephew, crossing the Atlantic on the ocean liner SS France for a one-month visit to England, Switzerland and France with all four sons, a two-week tour of New Zealand and Australia with son Robert, and a week in Malaysia with Will and his wife Jinny.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Peru; three sons, William (Virginia Sisson) Maze of Houston, Texas, Gregory Maze of Peru and Henry (Laurel Hall) Maze of Peru; four grandchildren, Erin, Heather, Emily and Alexander; one great-grandchild, Avery; one sister, Nancy Janssen of Peru; one nephew, Peter Janssen; and two nieces, Elizabeth Bishop and Katherine Gefke.

George was preceded in death by one son, Robert, who died in 1989.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation, Illinois Valley Community College Foundation or La Salle-Peru Township High School Foundation.

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