Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier died at the age of 74 in his Juneau home on August 17, 2010 among family and friends. He spent most of his years in Juneau, the city he loved from the day he was born until his passing.

Rudy was born in Juneau to parents William and Vera Maier, who emigrated to Alaska from Germany. His parents raised Rudy, his brother Frank and sisters Margita and Kathleen at their home in the Mendenhall Valley along the Back Loop Road. Rudy's early life found him hunting, hiking, enjoying outdoor life, and even winning the 1949 Pinewood Derby and a trip south, where he met Jimmy Stewart.

Despite the loss of his leg due to an accident on a survey crew in his early 20's, Rudy enjoyed a variety of other jobs, such as commercial fishing, bartending, and even a stint as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. Rudy returned to Juneau to pursue his desire to help others as a drug and alcohol counselor. He was a passionate and empathetic counselor and loved helping folks overcome their addictions. For many years, Rudy also maintained and drove taxicabs locally and provided others the opportunity to become drivers as well.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vera, and by his brother, Frank. Rudy is survived by his sisters Margita (Marty) Gunter of Fullerton, Calif., and Kathleen Wright of Moscow, Idaho; his sons Kurt and Kenny Murphy of Boise, Idaho, and his daughter Kimberly Worley of Juneau; grandchildren Erik, Erin, Kevin, Jennifer, and Jessica Murphy of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Michael, Kristin, and Kailyn Sanders of Juneau and many nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.

Rudy loved life, family, and friends, and had a fondness for freshly baked pie. He believed a person is placed on this great Earth to help others and his life is a testament to that. Rudy always had time to listen, provide advice, and gave whatever he could to anyone in need. Rudy never judged and always found value in everyone.

A memorial service will be held at a later date so that we can accommodate Rudy's many family members and friends who want to make the journey to Juneau. Also, per Rudy's wishes, a hike to the top of Mt. McGinnis will occur during summer, 2011 to spread his ashes on the one mountain he had not ascended during his life in Juneau.

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