Russell E. “Buster” Mauer, 90, US Army Veteran, of Crystal Lake, IL and most recently of Grayslake’s Saddle Brook Farms, Passed away July 13, 2019 at his home, he was born June 5, 1929 in the Suldahl valley of central Wisconsin. Received his undergraduate degree from St Olaf College of Minnesota, after enlisted in the US Army where he worked as a part of the medical core. He went on to finish his doctorate studies at the University of Washington receiving his PHD in Biophysics. He started his long career with Abbott Labs, with a research focus on reproductive physiology. After years with Abbott Russell, branched out to form M.O.M. Ova Transfer which took him across the country providing the service of embryo transfer on livestock. As a sign of his quick wit, a nurse once asked him what he had done for a living. His response was “I spent most of my life with my arm up a cows butt” Never one to take himself too seriously. While stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco 1955 he met his wife, Dorothy Ruth Armatage. Together they raised his stepson David, son Andrew, daughter Wendy and a foster daughter Ingrid. Russell had a passion for animals, large and small, from livestock to the exotic. He loved to travel and was always eager to learn or try something new and adventurous. He made a trip to Africa and his first safari at age 78. He also loved the written word, especially poetry. In his later years he began writing, eventually accumulating enough poems and short stories that chronicled his family’s history and youthful adventures into two books. “A Life’s Essence” and “Fertile Clay & Attic Dust”. Russell was known for his gentle nature, dedication to his wife and family and big bear hugs, not to mention his custom made purses for all occasions. Always a smile, always a kind word and Always an infectious hardy laugh. He will be forever missed.
Russell is survived by his children; David (Frances) Porter of Releigh, NC, Andrew (Eve) Mauer of Crystal Lake, IL, Wendy Mauer of Crystal Lake, IL, and Ingrid Denz of Crystal Lake, his granddaughter; Michelle Porter of Releigh, NC, preceded in death by his parents Edward and Gladys Mauer, his beloved wife Dorothy Mauer, and his brother Robert Mauer.
A Memorial gathering for Russell E. Mauer will be held Under the Fall Colors Oct. 18, 2019 4-7pm at The Lake Lodge at Saddle Brook Farms. Please join us to celebrate a life well lived. ❤The Symonds Lakes Funeral Home were entrusted with the funeral arrangements, for additional information please contact the funeral home at 847-543-1080.
Some of Russell’s favorite poetry
Humanity by R.E. Mauer
So old so fast we quickly get.
Make haste slowly, we’ll get there yet.
Going to where? That’s the mystery.
The answer, the future shown in history.
The mountain stream rushing to the river,
Cuts it’s dells, nature’s beauty forever.
Would that our life had such a wonderful goal.
What is the future for mans immortal soul?
Goodbye Russ, We Love You
Over the Edge ~ R.E. Mauer
Luring toward the future,
the edge of beyond is before us.
The future is new horizons,
always advancing from us.
The way may be tortured & tenuous,
but follow, indeed, we must.
Others will somehow pursue
the track made with our dust.
The road map is individual,
a path for each to follow.
The end is a virtual blank,
Pray to your Apollo.
Advice comes freely given
challenging to dissect.
Assistance if required,
difficult to accept.
Reason and faith may be opposites,
“whatever works” will serve.
Good Luck and God’s speed to all,
meet you beyond the curve.