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William A. Maines, 91, a longtime Sayner resident, passed away at home with his family at his side, on March 14, 2014.

Bill was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., the eldest son of Arthur and Eugenia (Freer) Maines in 1922.

He trained as a tool and die making apprentice with General Electric before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943.

He lived in upstate New York until the family moved to Sayner in 1947.

Bill married Helen G. (Behn) Maines in 1950, and raised four children.

He lived in Sayner for the past 67 years and was an active member of the community, where his carpentry skills can be found in his home, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, and the Plum Lake Library.

A taxidermist, carpenter and caretaker, Bill enjoyed the Northwoods for its hunting, fishing, wood cutting and birding.

He vacationed in many of the Western states, Alaska, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Hunting and fishing trips took him to Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Missouri, where his much-beloved Kirn hunting camp is located.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; his brother, Gene Maines; and his sister, Betty Long.

Bill is survived by sons, Robert (Elizabeth) Shucha of Sayner, Michael (Janice) Shucha of Waunakee, Wis., and Will (Barb) Maines of Sayner; daughter, Jean Maines of St. Germain; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, John Henry Maines of Ironwood, Mich.; numerous and loved  nieces and nephews; and close companion, Alyce Bailey.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Sayner. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Revs. Mary Weinkauf and William Wendorf will officiate. A luncheon will follow.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be offered to the Plum Lake Library, the Plum Lake Women’s Club and Ministry Hospice of Woodruff.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the compassionate and giving nurses of the Hospice program for their help and care.

Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed at


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:47 AM

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