Gene Maher, 83, of Fort Dodge, died Friday August 10th, 2012 at the Stratford Care Center. Gene was born October 6th, 1928 on the family farm near Vail, IA to Gertrude Downey Maher and Clarence Maher. Following high school graduation Gene enlisted in the 82nd Airborne and served in the Korean conflict from 1951-1953. He then attended Creighton University in Omaha. In 1956 he married Donna Ryan in Perry, IA. The couple lived in Grand Island, NE from 1956-1957, Des Moines, IA from 1957-1969, Brookfield, WI from 1969-1973. Since 1973 Gene lived in Fort Dodge where he owned a beverage wholesaling company Maher Distributing Co.