George W. Maehrer Jr. of Albrightsville, formerly of Lake Harmony, died Saturday, Feb. 23, in his home.
- Born in Mauch Chunk, he was a 1952 graduate of the former Mauch Chunk High School.
He served in the U.S. Army, having been drafted under the Korean War
, and received an honorable discharge.Even after the Army, he devoted much of his life to the service of others. In addition to having been a member of the Phoenix, Marion and Fairview Hose companies of Jim Thorpe, he was a charter member of Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Co., where he held a number of offices over the years, including lieutenant, assistant fire chief, fire chief and president. He also helped organize the rescue squad and ambulance divisions within the fire company, which would go on to incorporate as the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Ambulance Corps.
In 1966, he was appointed as a forest fire warden. He also worked for many years as both a forest patrolman and a forest lookout on the Mauch Chunk Fire Tower on Bear Mountain. As a forest fire warden, he organized the Pocono Forest Fire Crew, which served throughout Carbon County but primarily in Kidder and Penn Forest townships. He was very active in wildfire prevention programs and activities and avidly promoted the Firewise, and Firewise Communities programs in the area. He held this post right up until his death.
He owned and operated the George Maehrer Excavating business.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Emma (Rehr) Maehrer, and Ann (Esgar) Maehrer, his wife of 56 years.
Surviving are a sister Marilyn, wife of Edgar A. Poe of Jim Thorpe; three sons, Gary, and his wife, Heather, of Allentown, George, and wife, Kim, of Lake Harmony, and Kevin, and his wife, Nancy, of Lehighton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Service:
Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Stage Rd., Albrightsville. Interment with military honors, church cemetery. Call noon-2 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements by Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name to defer funeral costs may be sent to funeral home, 18229.