By Casperson Funeral Home
Harry Clark Maher passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He was 88 years old.
Harry was born in Evanston, Illinois on December 20, 1928 to Harry E. and Anastasia C. Maher. He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and graduated from New Trier High School in 1947. He went to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Harry served for two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was an ace rifle instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia.
On December 10, 1955, Harry married Kaye McLatchie, his greatest gift and best friend. Harry and Kaye made their home and raised their four children (Emily, John, Kate and Danny) in Northbrook,Illinois.
Harry worked as a National Buyer for Sears Roebuck for 18 years and subsequently started a family business called Kaymar Crafts in which he designed, produced and sold decorative wall plaques nationwide.
Harry and Kaye moved to Door County, Wisconsin in 1985. Harry worked as a real estate agent and appraiser but his favorite activities were the monthly potluck gatherings with great new friends that endured for 26 years and his tutoring work with Conversation Partners, teaching English to a Spanish-speaking student.
Harry was known by friends and family as a man of great wit who could tell a story that captured everyone’s attention and produced cascades of laughter. His interests varied from physics and philosophy to The Real Housewives of Orange County. He was an artist with a natural talent for portrait drawing and cartoons, and someone who could invent, design and fix just about anything. He was a humble man of character and virtue who taught his children and grandchildren many lessons by the example he set.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kaye, daughters Emily and Kate (Kevin) and son John (Lynn); sisters Ann Hosbein (Roger) and Carol Pennington; nieces and nephews. He was beloved “Papa” to six grandchildren, Ryan, Kathleen, Daniel, Anna, Caroline and Yelena.
Preceding him in death is his son, Danny.
Harry, with his wife Kaye, was a long-time member of the Ephraim Moravian Church, serving for a time as Trustee and Treasurer. Pastor Dawn Volpe is a friend and counselor in Christ to whom we cannot express enough gratitude. The family asks that any donations that are given in Harry’s memory be sent to the Ephraim Moravian Church, PO Box 73, Ephraim, WI 54211.
Harry’s family wants to send thanks and blessings to all who gave Harry such excellent care in recent months: Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village, Cardinal Ridge Residential Care, Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center, Unity Hospice and, especially, to Dr. Richard Hogan.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ephraim Moravian Church, 9970 Moravia Street, Ephraim, Wisconsin.