Funeral Service: Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:30 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clyde, Kansas
Interment: Clara Catholic Cemetery, Haddam, Kansas at 2:00pm Monday
Visitation: Sunday - 5:00 to 9:00 pm @ Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, Kansas
Vigil Service: Sunday, 7:00pm @ Chaput Mortuary, Clyde, Kansas
Memorials: American Cancer Society or St. John the Baptist Church
Cleo Joe Mayer, Haddam, was born August 17, 1930 near Clara, KS, to Joe and Mary (Wurtz) Mayer. He passed away Nov. 9, 2012, in Belleville, KS. at the age of 82 years, 2 months, and 23 days. He was born and raised on the original family farm, where he continued to live the rest of his life. Despite being an only child, he was surrounded by 81 first cousins, several of whom were very close to him. He attended Clara Grade School and graduated from Haddam High School in 1948. On June 2, 1962, he married Audrey Genereux. To their union three children were born: Monica, Beverly, and Marty. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Clara, until the parish closed in 1973, at which time he joined St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clyde, KS. He was a devout Catholic all his life. Praying the rosary daily was part of his normal routine. Cleo and Audrey continued this practice throughout their married life. Cleo shared 50 years of marriage with the love of his life, Audrey, at his side. They not only shared a life raising a family together but also farming together. He was a life-long farmer, who enjoyed the freedom which the open country side provided. He was Church Council President, Grant Township Board member, and on the Cemetery District board. He loved gardening, sitting outside on the front porch, and attending sports activities. He was an avid KU basketball fan. He especially took pride in sharing the "tour" of the family farm with the "city" relatives. The last memorable tour was the hay rack ride the evening before their 50 th anniversary celebration this past Memorial Day week -end. His children and grandson were the joy of his life. He drove and flew many miles to attend their various activities and sporting events. He was extremely proud that each had continued their education and graduated from college. He will be forever remembered by his wife, Audrey, daughter Monica and husband Bob Schmidt, Alva, OK, daughter Beverly, Phoenix, AZ, and son Marty and wife Traci, San Francisco, CA, one grandchild, Jason Schmidt, Livermore, CA, brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Jane Genereux, Odessa, TX, Darrell and Audrey Genereux, Salina, KS, Gene and Barb Genereux, Concordia, KS, Curt and Heriberta Genereux , Concordia, KS, and Charlotte and Mike Ralston, Lincoln, NE. He is also survived by twenty nieces and nephews, 26 great nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed. A Vigil service was held Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Chaput Mortuary in Clyde, Kansas. Funeral services were held St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde on Monday, November 12, 2012 with Father Larry Letourneau officiating. Burial was in the Clara Catholic Cemetery rural Haddam, Kansas. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas was entrusted with these arrangements.