John G. ‘Jack’ Maher

July 22, 1921 - Oct. 7, 2005

John G. "Jack" Maher of Mukwonago died peacefully Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at age 84.

He was the beloved husband of Mildred for 58 years; loving father of Timothy (Maureen), Jack (Pam) and Mary (Mark) Kreple; dear grandpa of Aaron (Sue), Robert (Kim), Amber, Kristen, Timothy, Collin and John; and fond brother of Pat, Sister Johnetta and Fran. He will be dearly missed by other family and many friends.

Jack was a proud Army veteran who served his country in World War II and was active in Prisoners of War and Veterans Assistance for many years. He was a member and commander of the Milwaukee Barbed Wire Chapter and was most recently the Wisconsin state department commander. He was also a past national director of the EX-POW North Central Region.

In addition to his service with EX-POW, Jack has been an active member and past commander of his local American Legion Post No. 375 and recently received his 52-year pin. He was also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He was frequently asked to be a speaker at significant events in his area.

Jack served with "I" Company, 143rd Infantry, 36 Division and participated in the initial invasion of Europe at Salerno, Italy. He was taken prisoner after the battle of Altaville and was held captive for 19 months. He toured most of northern Germany until marching into Patton’s Tank Corps on Friday, April 13, 1945.

He served on the board of the Independent Equipment Dealers Association and retired as vice president of Centurion Industries, a heavy equipment manufacturer. He also served eight years as mayor of Mukwonago, as well as town chairman of Mukwonago. Jack was Mukwonago’s Man of the Year in 2002.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct 13, at St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, with a funeral Mass at 4 p.m. Inurnment with complete military honors will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Memorials to Mukwonago American Legion Post 375, EX-POW Foundation, Rolling Thunder or to the Disabled American Veterans are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral Home in Mukwonago, 363-7126, is serving the family.