Warren Craig Maus

in-loving-memory

Warren Craig Maus was the first of four children born to Louis Craig Maus and Norma Lee (Warren) Maus. His birth on September 24, 1946, in Winslow, Arizona, predated by more than two decades the incident in which the protagonist of The Eagles’ song “Take it Easy” was ogled by a young woman in a passing flat-bed pickup in the same small town.

Not long after his birth, Warren and his parents moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. In 1964, he graduated from Hot Springs High School, where his friends included a gregarious saxophone player named William Jefferson Clinton about whom the rest of the world ended up learning a lot.

After graduation, he attended college at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Henderson College before being drafted into the Army. While stationed in West Germany (he also spent some time in South Korea), he met his first wife, Anneliese (Berg) Maus. After Warren’s discharge from the Army, the couple moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they had a son, Derek Craig Maus (a future author of obituaries such as the one you’re currently reading…), in 1971. Warren earned both a B.A. in English and Business and an M.A. in American Literature at the University of Arkansas before they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in order for Warren to teach English at Johnson County Community College. A year later, they moved to Darmstadt, West Germany, where Warren taught English for the University of Maryland until the couple amicably divorced, and he returned to the United States in 1977.

Warren lived briefly in Hot Springs and in Memphis, where he lived less than a mile from Graceland in a forgettable apartment on the unforgettably named—and terribly spelled—Pidgeon Perch Lane. In 1979, he received an offer to resume teaching at Johnson County Community College and moved back to Kansas City, where he lived for the rest of his life, albeit in more different houses and apartments than most people can count on their fingers and toes.

One evening in the late fall of 1980, the twin calamities of the Royals’ loss in the World Series and Ronald Reagan’s election led him to drown his sorrows at the Longbranch Saloon in suburban Overland Park. That night he met Zim Loy, who would become his partner (and, later, wife) for the last four decades of his life. They moved in soon thereafter, beginning a process of peripatetic cohabitation that would include nearly a dozen stops on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the border in the Kansas City metro area. Warren and Zim got married at their Hyde Park home on Campbell Street in November of 1989 in an event that remains second only to Woodstock in terms of the number of people who dimly yet fondly remember it.

Over the course of his 40-plus years in Kansas City, Warren worked not only as a collegiate instructor, but also as a freelance writer, a magazine publisher, and editor, and as a fundraising, development, and marketing executive for public television (KCPT), the renovated Union Station project, and for community radio (KKFI).

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015, but faced the many challenges of that condition with his trademark combination of wit and obstinacy for six years, allowing him (among other things) to welcome his grandson Oscar Maus into the world in May of 2018. He also continued doing his beloved crossword puzzles, copy editing page-proofs, golfing as much as possible (including a hole-in-one at Swope Park Memorial golf course), and indulging in the city’s culinary delights, particularly barbecue.

As it always does, though, Parkinson’s began taking its toll and after a mercifully brief period of crisis, Warren slipped away quietly and calmly at home with his wife and son by his side at 4:20 a.m. on July 16, 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Zim Loy; by his three siblings, Pam Maus of Owl’s Head, Maine, Melodye Rogers of Denton, Texas, and Mickey Maus of Tulsa, Oklahoma; by his son, Derek C. Maus of Potsdam, New York, and Montréal, Canada; and by his grandson, Oscar Maus, of Montréal, Canada.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers or other gestures of condolence, donations in his name can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (parkinson.org)

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Bob Hoffman on August 26, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    What a great tribute to your dad, Derek. I met him when I moved to KC in 1986, when your dad and Zim were living in Hyde Park, and we became great friends. I have so many memories, all brightly colored by his rich personality, on the golf course, tennis court, poker table, dining rooms, social events, pool days at the Rockhill Tennis Club, and so much more. And you know he took great pride in keeping all of us up to date on your life. My sincere condolences to you and all his family.

  2. David Quegg on August 4, 2021 at 5:10 am

    Thank you, Derek. I may be one of few who attended both Woodstock and the marriage party for Zim and Warren on Campbell St. It was a most memorable weekend. Buffy and I stayed in the top floor quarters so we didn’t have far to ascend at the end. I recall most of it, including going to the liquor store with Warren to fill two shopping carts and max out several of his credit cards. The friends, the food, and the folly are legendary in our memory. We were guests in most of the grand houses Zim reconditioned. I also had many rounds of golf with Warren and Michael at the best of the metro links, complete with the three necessities he required−carts, cigars, and gambling. My favorite was always Swope, where I read Warren had a hole in one. He also was a stickler for the Royal and Ancient rules. He went to St Andrews in Scotland during his links touring, two highlights in his golfing aspirations. He had a quick and literate wit, was a gracious host and good friend, and knew where to find the best KC ribs. He was the last of a foursome I so treasured. He was fond of saying, “You’re away.” with a wry smile. I will most assuredly miss him.

  3. Jane Adams on July 28, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Zim, I am so very sorry and saddened to hear about Warren. The first time I met him (at one of the Friday night events at Rockhill) I thought he was really smart and very witty: a male Dorothy Parker. That was the night I met you too Zimmer. We laughed a lot that night and on many others over the years. Warren will be sorely missed. I am thinking of you and sending love.
    Jane

  4. Joan Riffel on July 28, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Oh Zim! I am so sorry to hear this! Warren was such a good person and the life of the party. He always brought a little extra fun to the wall. I will miss him and sending you love and hugs.

  5. Douglas Drake on July 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Warren was a classically nice /good man and a tolerant boss (at KCPT). His humor will live long in my memory, My condolences to Zim and Derek and Oscar.

  6. John Rufenacht & Richard Lara on July 27, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Warren was the quiet dictionary of facts and interesting stories to us. A charming man and supporter of wise issues. He and Zim made a strong force of publishing and introduction to the Kansas City scene. Then there are all those houses, a triumph of style, reuse, renewal and comfort. Peace and blessed condolences to Zim and his family.

  7. Paul D Kamps on July 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    I knew Warren much later in his life. Zim and he were my next door neighbors and he was also my golfing partner in a Monday night league. They were a great couple together and truly enjoyed spending time with both of them. You will be missed Warren.

  8. Briana Beuke on July 26, 2021 at 11:18 am

    I will always treasure those evenings on the front porch in Hyde Park. The four of us drinking a bit too much and sopping it up with greasy veggie with sausage pizza. Warren, you made us all laugh with your stories and rapier wit! Alas, there are only the two of us to remember those nights. You are missed.

  9. Kathy Hanis on July 25, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    My condolences to my dear Zim and Warren’s family. Warren was quite a character and always ready for Zim’s next project! Bless you Zim. Much love, Kathy Hanis 913-271-5101

  10. Mike Mailhes on July 24, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Warren was a good and true friend, and although we didn’t stay in touch, I will miss him. I’ll think of him often. We shared a locker at HSHS for 3 years. He lived across a vacant lot from me and spent much time at my house or I at his.

  11. Carolyn Yeldell Staley on July 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Thinking of our high school friendship and many happy times. Blessings to all the family now and in days to come. May God’s peace be near.

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