James William “Jimmy” Maher, 48, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died March 14, 2009, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Jimmy was born Aug. 5, 1950, in Lancaster, Calif., to Francis and Beryl (Ballas) Maher. He was raised and educated in Lancaster, graduating from Antelope Valley High School in 1978. He played high school football, winning the district championship in 1977 and was awarded Player of the Year.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 until 1984 and was stationed in Germany. Following his discharge from the Army, Jimmy lived in Bend, Ore., for several years then in Tehachapi, Calif., coming to Hood River in 2007. He enjoyed bicycling, his black Labrador, sports and listening to music.
He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Maher, in August 2007.
Survivors include his mother, Beryl Maher, of Hood River, Ore.; brothers Michael Maher, of Lancaster, Calif., and Joseph Maher, of Lompoc, Calif.; and two sisters, Rebecca Quinn, of Tualatin, Ore., and Theresa Brogna, of Hood River, Ore. Several nephews and two nieces also survive.
Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Operation Uplink, a charity to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones, in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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