Tom Maher

Aug. 27, 1953-Aug. 20, 2013

SLEEPY EYE – Services for Tom Maher, 59, of Sleepy Eye, are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye with military honors. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

(In Tom’s words “He bought the farm”) Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.

Fabian “Tom” Thomas Maher was born Aug. 27, 1953, in Tracy, the son of Fabian Clair and Tilda (Haugen) Maher. He grew up in Currie and graduated from Tracy High School in 1971. Tom served in the United States Army from Aug. 30, 1972 until Aug. 22, 1975. He moved to Jackson, where he attended technical school from 1975 to 1977 and graduated with a degree in land construction management. He moved to Sleepy Eye in 1977 where he worked as program manager at Brown Soil & Water Conservation District for 36 years. He and Helen A. Petersen were married Aug. 14, 1976, in Tracy. Tom served 15 years in the National Guard. He was a member of Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, Pheasants Forever and Last Man Club of Vietnam War Era of St. Peter. He loved spending time on the family farm, hunting, camping and anything outdoors. Tom also loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, shooting guns and driving his Ford trucks. Tom has been chosen as Brown Soil & Water Conservation Districts, 2013 Outstanding Conservationist for 36 years of dedicated service, conservation efforts, and accomplishments in Brown County.

Tom is survived by his children; Jason (and Sandy) Maher of St. James, Ryan (and Ashley) Maher of Sleepy Eye, Nicole Maher and special friend Riley Braulick; three grandchildren, Camryn and Aubree Maher and Braylen Braulick; siblings; Pat Widboom of Burnsville, Mary Maher of Marshall, Mike (and Karen) Maher of Marshall and Bill Maher (and Lucille Deslauriers) of Currie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Helen in 2011, grandparents, aunts and uncles.