Vincent P. Maher, 89, of Slater, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater. Father Michael Penn and Father David Maher will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the Slater City Cemetery. His sons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Feb. 20, 1917, in Pierce City, he was the son of the late James and Ellen McAvoy Maher. On May 17, 1944, in Kansas Çity he married Gabriella Spelman. She preceded him in death on July 3, 1989. On Nov. 23, 1990, in Slater, he married Alice Johnson Grimes; she survives of the home. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post No. 78 in Slater. He was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and the University of Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He worked in pharmacies in Springfield, Columbia and Moberly. He owned and operated Maher Pharmacy in Slater from 1956 until his retirement in 1972.
Surviving in addition to his wife are nine sons, Father David Maher of Taos, Patrick Maher of Temecula, Calif., Phil Maher of Moreland, Ga., Dennis Maher of Tampa, Fla., Paul Maher of Fort Worth, Texas, Bill Maher of Liberty, Dan Maher of Centerville, Ohio, Tom Maher of Nixa, and Robert Maher of Liberty; three step-daughters, Judy Akeman of Neosho, Becky Kerns of Maysville, and Robin Thies of Glasgow; 19 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Howard of Lee's Summit and Agnes Heimlich of Harrisonville.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Terrance Maher; four brothers; and three sisters.