Maynard W. Timme, minority leader of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, longtime Olean jeweler and decorated Army veteran, died Thursday in his home in Ocean City, Md. he was 82.
A graduate of City of Olean schools, Mr. Timme earned a bachelor's degree and an Army commission from St. Bonaventure University. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. During the Korean War, he was an intelligence officer, serving in battalion headquarters. He received two Bronze Stars.
Mr. Timme was a lifelong Democrat and was elected to the County Legislature in 1971. He served 12 years as minority leader.
He is credited with leading the fight for the adoption of a sunshine law, which opened Legislature committee meetings to the public and press.
Also, Mr. Timme initiated a state investigation into costly county insurance practices and commission splitting among insurance agencies that resulted in reforms, saving the county thousands of dollars.
In 1972, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami. In 1983, he made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Olean. He also was active in other Olean civic affairs.
For 54 years Mr. Timme worked as a jeweler in Olean and in Delaware.
Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy A. Forest, whom he married in 1949; 10 children, including Barbara J. Hastings, who is Cattaraugus County public health administrator; and a brother, Carl M.
A memorial service will be scheduled.