John T. Maher

John T. Maher John T. Maher, 84, of Vermillion, died Thursday, May 29, at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion. John was born May 23, 1924 in Des Moines, IA to John and Mary (Dohney) Maher, and attended Cumming School District in Cumming, IA through eleventh grade and then started farming. John married Kathleen Kean on July 1, 1961 in Des Moines, and they moved to the Vermillion area in 1970. John farmed for over 20 years, and began driving school bus, and was the grounds keeper for the BluffView Cemetery, both for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen of Vermillion; four sons, Thomas of Dell Rapids, William (Valori) of Sioux Falls, Ronald of Vermillion, and John (Angela) of Brookings. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Swift of Norwalk, IA, and Ella Harkin of West Des Moines, IA; and three grandchildren, Joshua, Amber and Jordan and many nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was 11 a.m. Monday, June 2 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church with burial following in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Sunday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. For online condolences and obituary please visit

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