Benjamin J. "Ben" Maher
1942 - 2021
June 7, 1942
April 11, 2021

Benjamin J. "Ben" Maher

June 7, 1942-April 11, 2021

DAVENPORT-Benjamin J. "Ben" Maher, 78, of Davenport, Iowa passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Visitation will be held from 10am-12pm on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Runge Mortuary. The Funeral Service will follow at 12pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ben's name to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities or the Polka Club of Iowa. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ben was born the son of Frank and Marylynn (Keeler) Maher on June 7, 1942 in Conesville, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Janet Buckley on February 8, 1964 in Princeton, Iowa. He retired from ALCOA after 44 years of service.

He was gentle, kind, generous, and a friend to all. He loved fishing, hunting, dancing, playing with his grandchildren. He was handy and could fix just about anything. Jan was his loving best friend.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, Jan; daughter, Lyn (Mark) Gingerich of Harrison, TN; son, Chad Maher of Bensonville, IL; grandchildren, Molly, Noah, Olivia, Megan, and honorary grandchild, Dallas; siblings, Marilyn (of the late Don) Baer of Muscatine, IA, Jim (Gail) Maher of Monmouth, IL, Edward (Valerie) Maher of Bettendorf, IA, Janice (Randy) Lownes of Colorado, and Irene (Bill) Lande of Colorado; and many nieces, nephews, and dancing friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles.

This is not a goodbye, but a see you later season in our lives.

You have joined those who have gone before us to prepare our later journey.

I know the dance floor will be in perfect condition when we get there.

And you will welcome us home for eternity through Jesus our Lord.

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Published by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2021.
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To Ben´s family .. sending sympathy and prayers on learning of Ben´s passing. Seeing him at the dental office you just knew he was a kind, good to the bone guy with a smile that would light up the room. Thinking of you all.
April 18, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Juanita Farrell
April 16, 2021
Jan and family....we are shocked to read of Ben's passing. What a wonderful guy, one of the best. Please know, that we are thinking of you and sending prayers for peace and comfort.
Glenn & Shirley Stewart
April 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Ben on the 100" mill. A gentleman, mentor and friend. One of the good guys, one of the best. Ben will be missed
Brian Goode
April 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathies go out to you Jan, and your family. It was always great seeing and talking to you and Ben. What a great guy, we thought a lot of him. From your friends up north in Wisconsin. Brian Lee Family
Brian and Jan Lee
April 16, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Russell called me today and I couldn´t believe him at first.
Dave Reason
April 15, 2021
Janet and family, You have my Deepest Sympathy. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Thinking of you and hoping your memories of special times bring you comfort. God Bless you and keep you all well. Again, my Deepest Sympathy! Lois Wenger
Lois M Wenger
April 15, 2021
Your Mueller family
April 15, 2021
Jim and Gail. I am very sorry for your loss. You Are In My Prayers.
John Kuhl
April 15, 2021
Jan, Lynn, Chad & Family,

We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Ben. We have such fond memories of Ben and always enjoyed talking with him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.

Our deepest sympathies,

Charlie, Carol, Katie & Kylie

Carol Denson
April 15, 2021
Sympathies to the whole family. I will miss talking to Ben but hope Jan will stay in touch. For a time she has lost the best dance partner but like the obituary says, they will dance again!!
Suzy venHorst
April 15, 2021
A fellow that had so much energy and shared his great personality with all of us who so enjoyed dancing were a perfect couple ...always fun times when our paths crossed...Such shocking news and he will be so missed.....Blessings to you and your family...accept our sympathy ...hard to close Ben's life's book at this age.....Healing Hugs from Lloyd and Mary Burr
Lloyd and Mary Ann Burr
April 14, 2021
Jan, we are so very sorry for the loss of Ben (your very special partner in life.) We were delighted to be among your dancing friends. God be with you and your family.
Sandra and Allan Hartman
April 14, 2021
Jan, Lynn, Chad you have been in my life as friends for over 40yrs Ben was like a brother to me we had so many good times together working hunting fishing these things I will never forget. I don't know anyone who met Ben that didn't have nothing but good words for him. He was a ture friend and gentelman I will miss him so much. Janet will always be in my thoughts and glad she is being comforted by her two wonderful children.
April 13, 2021
So sorry for your loss Jan, we will miss you guys at the family reunions. Ben was a great guy that everyone liked.
April 13, 2021
Jan, Lynn, Chad and family - On behalf of the entire Briggs Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ben was one of the most kind and generous men I ever had the privilege of knowing - a true and rare gentleman, and a great time model. I hope you can find a bit of comfort knowing you have our deepest condolences and remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike Briggs
April 13, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Jan, you and Ben shared so much together, I know how much Ben will be missed.
Jan Mohr
April 13, 2021