Gordon E. Mau

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Gordon E. Mau, age 93, of New Hampton passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. Gordon E. Mau was born to Walter and Marea (Milbrandt) Mau on January 2, 1920 near Britt, IA. He attended and graduated from Hanlontown High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned his BS in Civil Engineering. He then continued his education when he attended and graduated from Harvard University with a Masters Degree in Sanitary Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1958. The highlight of his career was his international work in China and Bangladesh. It was while working in Bangladesh that he met Marie Votava whom he married on May 9, 1959. In 1965, the couple returned to Iowa with their three children. The family made their home on a farm outside of New Hampton where they raised crops, pigs and an award winning South Devon cattle herd. The culmination of his engineering career and love of farming led to his receiving the 2003 state soil conservation award. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, various local and state Engineering boards and committees. Gordon is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie; his three children, Barbara (Ray) Harre, Roberta (Andrew) Skipor and Russell (Sandra) Mau; his eight grandchildren, Annie, Dan, Chris, Andrea, Rachel, Joe, Ben and Braden. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Opal Wickman. Gordon’s legacy to his family was that he maintained his independence to the end. Memorials may be directed to the family. According to Gordon’s wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  1. To Marie and famiy. We are sending our sympathy and wanted you to know that Gordon was akways a nice and good guy to visit with. When you both came in the bank I enjoyed our conversations. We pray he is resting in peace with our Lord and you will find comfort knowing he is at peace. Betty Gorman

  2. I use to see your Dad and Mom at the hospital when we had our blood pressures read every Wednesday. Your Mom would wait out in the lobby and your Dad and I would talk about politics, etc. I always mentioned the articles he would put in the paper. He was a very interesting person and your Mom was so very nice. I believe all of you kids took band lessions from Bob Utterback. M.A.Utterback

  3. My condolences to the family of Gordon. I had the opportunity to work for Gordon in 1992. As I have moved on through my life I have taken much of the experiences and what I learned from Gordon and applied them to myself. He will be missed.

  4. My sympatheis to the Mau family. I got to know Gordon when I first started working with the 4-H program and always appreicated his help as a volunteer.

  5. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

  6. My sympathy to the family. I remember all of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  7. My sympathy to the family. I remember all of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  8. Our Family wishes to express our deepest symphaty to all of you. We enjoyed our friendship with your family God Bless /

  9. Barb & Roberta,
    I have enjoyed visiting with your Mom and Dad over the years. It always brought back memories of 4-H and Beef Producers picnics when we were kids. My sympathies to you and your families. Bev.

  10. Dear Marie and family,
    I was saddened and shocked to hear of Gordon’s passing. We were just getting to know you as not only friends, but family. we loved our visits with you at Kensington when we’d visit Linus, my uncle and your neighbor. I would love to still visit with you Marie and get to know your children. Gordon was a good man and we loved hearing his stories. Take care, Evie

  11. We were so sadden to here about Gordon passing away. He was always so interesting to visit with. It was nice to get reacquainted with both your parents at Kensington Place Asssisted Living the last year or so. Our deepest sympathy to Marie and all the family.

  12. Dear Marie and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of Gordon at the Mau Family reunions and of my visits to you on the farm in Iowa. Please let me know when you scedule a service to honor Gordon’s life. Take Care. Cathy Mau Ramsey

  13. Our sincerest sympathy and prayers are with you. We will always remember family reunions and all the wonderful pictures and memorabilia that Gordon brought to share with all of us.
    Dolores (Williams) Cunningham and daughter Susan.

  14. to the Mau family, I have worked with ASCS/FSA for more years than I care to mention. Every year a producer has to certify crops planted and I always remember Gordon as having his acreages accurate to the hundreths where we only needed them to the tenths! That was what kind of guy he was, things were done right…he was fun to work with and quite a gentleman and a steward of the land. Enjoy your memories.

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