FAIRMONT - Services for Maynard "Shorty" LeMier, 83, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial with full military honors by the Welcome American Legion Post 553, the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County VFW Post 1222 will follow the service in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.
Shorty passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 2014, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of services Monday at the church. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Maynard R. "Shorty" LeMier was born July 26, 1930, in Leonard, N.D., the son of Glenn and Margaret (Erbstosser) LeMier. He attended Oak Public School in Oak, N.D. He was married to Ruth Ehlers in Trimont, Minn., and the couple later divorced. On Feb. 10, 1948, Shorty enlisted in the National Guard and served his country during the Korean War receiving his honorable discharge on Feb. 1, 1952. Shorty worked construction and drove truck for a short time following his time in the service. He then moved to Fairmont where he worked for Fairmont Foods, Erickson Service Station and also Stokely's. Shorty retired on July 26, 1995.
Shorty was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, a member of the Welcome American Legion Post 553 for 42 years, and a member of the Forever 50 Club at the Salvation Army in Fairmont.
Left to cherish his memory is his girlfriend of over 12 years, Cheryl Ferch of Fairmont; children, Lucile LeMier of Welcome, Minn., and Curtis LeMier of East Chain, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Cathy Foster of Fairmont; son-in-law, Jim Cooper of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; granddaughter, Crystal Kain and her husband, Roland of Welcome, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Jorgia Kain and Cordell Kain; a brother, Harlan LeMier and his wife, Irene of Horace, N.D.; his first wife, Ruth McGowan of East Chain, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Margaret LeMier; children, Brenda Cooper, Kenneth LeMier, and Alan LeMier; and a great-grandson, Brayden Kain.