Maynard J. Chan, 89

Maynard J. Chan, age 89 of Lowry, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Touch of Country Assisted Living in Starbuck.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home in Glenwood and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Interment will be in the Bohemian Independent Cemetery in Lake Mary Township, Douglas County.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood, www.hoplinfuneralhome.com

Maynard Joseph Chan was born May 10, 1925 to Joseph and Anna (Pavek) Chan at home in Reno Township, Pope County.  He was baptized, confirmed and married at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church (Reno Catholic Church).  He attended District 72 country school for 8 years.  After that he farmed with his father.  His father passed away when he was 21 years old.  Maynard’s brother, Richard, was in the U.S. Army at the time, so Maynard took over the family farm and cared for his mother.  He married Rose Kalina on October 25, 1949.  Rose’s parents gave the couple a small herd of milk cows and started them on a long, successful career as dairy farmers.  They also raised hogs, chickens and grain.  Rose’s father, Anton was a skilled carpenter and he and Maynard built up the farm homestead, including a new home in 1955.  A daughter, Karen, was born into the union in 1954.  

When Richard returned from the Army he bought the neighboring farm and the 2 brothers farmed together until 1974, when Richard sold his farm and moved.  Maynard continued to farm and when Karen got married, she and Mark joined the operation.

Maynard’s greatest joy was when his grandson, Tony was born.  He finally had his boy.  He also had the honor to have a granddaughter, Missy.  There were many trips to the elevator and Sauk Centre sales barn with feeder pigs and calves.  Tony and Missy joined Grandpa and Grandma for the trips.  After the calves and pigs were unloaded they went downtown to the Ben Franklin store for a sticker fun book.  Then they went across the street to the Hometown Bakery for potato bread and rolls.  Most often they stopped at the restaurant for a treat.  Tony and Missy worked on their stickers fun all the way home.  They would also ride on the tractor with Grandpa.  Often times after a long ride such as cultivating, he would have to call for help as he couldn’t get off the tractor with either Tony or Missy asleep on his lap.  They also raked hay together.  The kids rode so long that Grandpa got off the tractor and let either Tony or Missy drive.  He would walk alongside – just in case.  Soon they were on their own.  He would always ask Missy to help him replace teeth in the hay rake.  She had small hands which fit well into tight places.  Maynard was so proud to have his grandchildren settle on the Chan century farm.  

Maynard was fortunate to see his great-grandchildren.  He would play peek-a-boo with them.  As the kids ran through the hallway, he would hide and then scare them with a “boo!”  

In his later years, the laying hen operation was increased and Maynard and Rose enjoyed delivering eggs in the neighborhood.  He would drive and Rose would deliver the eggs.  Many trips were made to the Ashby Produce.  He always drove on the back roads and enjoyed the scenery.

He always enjoyed reading the “Classy Canary”. Since Karen works at Quinco Press, Maynard always had the fortune to be one of the first readers.  He often found some needed items and was one of the first to call.  Even after his stroke in 2012, Karen would bring the new edition for the week and sit and read the ads to him.  The stroke left him unable to speak, but he understood what was being said.


Maynard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose Chan of Lowry; daughter, Karen (Mark) Tauber of Lowry; grandchildren, Tony (Christina) Tauber and Missy (Nathan) Schultz; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Hailey Tauber, and Levi and Kendra Schultz; and sister, Genevieve Jobe of Cedarville, CA.

Maynard is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Chan and mother and father-in-law, Anton and Rose Kalina.