John “Bruce” Majerus
John “Bruce” Majerus, 97, a longtime resident of Marion, died Monday, November 14, 2022 at Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids. There will be an evening tour at the Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion on Tuesday 22nd November from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. On Wednesday 23 November there will be a visitation at St. Joseph Church in Marion at 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion. Lunch is provided by the church.
Bruce, son of John and Marie (Huebner) Majerus, was born on July 1, 1925 in Aurora, Illinois. He attended Bardwell School, Our Lady of Good Counsel, and East Aurora High School. From an early age he developed a keen interest in figuring out how things work and tinkering with gadgets. One of his interests was amateur radio and he received his radio amateur license (W0SIQ) in 1940 at the age of 16. Louis, where he was able to complete two semesters before being drafted into the US Army.
His service began in January 1944 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. As the war in Europe progressed, he was posted to the Signal Corps for his knowledge of Morse code. He served in the 97th Signal Battalion in the European Theater of Operations and after the war in the Army of Occupation. He was discharged on April 27, 1946 with the rank of Tech Sergeant.
In the fall of 1946 he entered Valparaiso University in Indiana and completed his sophomore year there before transferring to Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1949. After graduating, he was employed by General Electric Co. as a test engineer until September 1950, when he returned to Purdue for graduate studies. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1951. After graduating, he took a job at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His specialty was air navigation. He moved to Cedar Rapids and joined Collins in January 1952. That turned out to be a life changing experience. He found a collaborative environment within the company with many opportunities to develop technology that is still used in aircraft today. During his tenure, he received several patents and retired in 1987 as Senior Staff Engineer in Advanced Technology.
In Cedar Rapids he met Ruth Ryan and together they formed the Catholic singles group The Heralders which led to many marriages among its members. Ruth and Bruce were married on June 29, 1957 at St. Mary’s Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. They lived in Cedar Rapids until they moved to Marion in 1958. Four children were born of this union, Laura, John, Anita and Paul.
Bruce had many interests including ham radio, car maintenance, tinkering in his basement electronics lab, gardening, and after his retirement traveling around the United States and abroad and visiting many elder hostels with his wife. He was an active member of St. Joseph Church for over 60 years and served two terms on the Heritage Agency on Aging Task Force.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Ryan Majerus; his sons John Majerus (Jodie) of Vancouver, Washington and Paul Majerus (Marybeth) of Inverness, Illinois; his daughters Laura Majerus (Howard Davidson) of San Mateo, California and Anita Baum (Richard) of St. Paul, Minnesota; his grandsons Ryan, Collin, Aaron, Samuel and Tess Majerus, Nicholas, Spencer and Benjamin Majerus, Corwin Davidson and Andy and Alex Baum; his great-grandchildren Joseph, Jacob, Daniel, Grace and Gabrielle Majerus; his sister Carol Dillon of Wellington, Colorado; his sister-in-law Nancy Majerus of Pataskala, Ohio; and the many nieces and nephews who called him “Uncle Bud”.
His parents, John and Marie (Huebner) Majerus, preceded him in death; and his brother David Majerus.
Bruce will be fondly remembered as a devoted husband, devoted father and cherished grandfather; his sharp intelligence, tireless generosity, sharp wit, hardworking work ethic, playful nature, and laser-focused problem-solving skills left their mark, to varying degrees, on everyone he touched. His passing will leave a void in our days but a lasting warmth in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be addressed to the Community Health Free Clinic at www.communityhfc.org; or the charity of your choice.
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