Maas, Gilbert J.
Gilbert J. Maas, son of Arthur and Adeline Maas, was born on Oct. 6, 1922, on the family farm, one mile west of Conroy, Iowa, and died on Nov. 12, 2011, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He attended eight years of parochial school at Trinity Lutheran in Conroy, and four years at Hilton Consolidated, where he was graduated in 1940. In January 1943, he volunteered for army service, serving in France and Germany and returning to his home area in 1946. He attended the University of Iowa to earn his BA and his MA. He taught in Colesburg, Iowa and in Center Point, Iowa, where he served as principal. He taught until 1987 in Cedar Rapids, when he retired.
During his lifetime, he belonged to the German honorary fraternity Delta Phi Alpha, the NAATG, the NAATE, the ISEA, the NEA, (National Association of Teachers of German, National Association of Teachers of English, Iowa State Education Association, National Education Association), The Short Wing Piper Club, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the VFW. He enjoyed his flying, classical music, reading extensively, fishing, woodworking and travel and feeding birds and growing flowers. He enjoyed also making frequent contributions to Carl Kane’s column “Write Right” in The Gazette.
He is survived by sons, Randall and Kurt; a daughter, Lisbeth; two grandchildren, Gabriel Maas and Amanda Maas; and a special friend, Marguerite Couch.
Published in The Gazette Nov. 30, 2011.