J. Dwight “Butch” Maierhofer formerly of Altoona, passed away on February 13, 2018 in St. Petersburg, FL after an extended illness.
He was born on November 8, 1945 in Altoona, son of Louis J. Maierhofer and Jean (Kemp) Maierhofer who died in childbirth. He was blessed with a mother, Beatrice Maierhofer who welcomed him in to her loving arms as her son.
Surviving are his parents, two daughters Michele (Charles) Egerter of St. Petersburg, Florida and Heather (Christopher) Sammons of Lometa, Texas, three grandchildren Ashley Ford of State College, Austin and Bonnie Sammons; and three step-grandchildren Wesley, Laurel and Travis Egerter. He will be forever remembered by his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
J was preceded in death by his sister Claire Anne Rand. After the untimely death of his biological mother, he lived in the home of his late grandmother Magdalena (Heiss) Maierhofer, Altoona for the first twelve years of his life.
J graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School in 1963. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967 attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5. He spent the years of 1965 and 1967 in Vietnam. He was an active member of the American Legion Post Home 867, Pleasant Gap, where he served as Commander. He also served as the Clearfield-Centre Bi-County Commander and two years as the 23rd District Commander. He had been a member of the Eldorado Kiwanis, Juniata Lodge 282 FEAM, Bavarian Aid Society, Unter Uns Musical and Entertainment Society, and the Altoona Jaffa Shriners and Marine Association. He belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona.
After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he moved to Newport Beach, California where he met and married the late Bonnie Dayton. He received an A.A. degree at Orange Coast Junior College and he also attended California State-Fullerton.
Upon returning with his family to central Pennsylvania he was employed in radio and auto sales in Lewisburg and State College. In January 2000 he opened J’s Tavern, Huntingdon from which he retired.
He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed teaching his grandchildren and nephew H.J. Brennecke the finer points of fishing.
Friends will be received from 8:30 to 9:30 am on March 17th at Steven’s Mortuary, Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Toys for Tots charity that he dedicated his time to ensure all children has something special at Christmas or Shriner’s Hospital Burn Center.