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Maurice "Jack" E. Flaherty

June 21, 1924 ~ June 3, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old


Maurice E. “Jack” Flaherty, 98, of rural Alexis, IL passed away at 9:33 am, Saturday June 3, 2023 at his home on the Cork Street Farm, which has been in his family since 1871.

He was born June 21, 1924, in Galesburg, IL the son of Arthur Joseph and Nora Marie (Bride) Flaherty. He was raised and educated in rural Alexis, graduating from Alexis High School in 1942.

Jack served with the United States Army during World War II.

Jack married Helen A. Pease in Carthage, IL on December 1, 1950, and she passed away on November 12, 1995.

Jack farmed his entire life on the family farm just south of Alexis, retiring in the mid 1970’s. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as an overhead crane operator and worked as a foreman of the Alexis Crew for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He later served as the Kelly Township Road Commissioner for 7 years. 

He was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Alexis, IL, the Galesburg Elks Club, Monmouth American Legion, Monmouth VFW and the Warren County Democrats where he served as Chairman for several years.

Survivors include his son, Daniel (Melinda) Flaherty of Alexis and Pat (Cindy) Flaherty of Galesburg; 8 grandchildren, Ricky Peterson, Joyce (Scott McCurikan) Peterson, Debbie Peterson, Chris (Tami) Saunders, Mike (Teresa) Saunders, Jeremy (Jennifer) Flaherty, Jacque (Matthews) Schweighart and Trevor Bird; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Daniel Flaherty; his daughter Beverly Peterson; son, Scott Saunders; grandchildren, Jerry Peterson, Gary Saunders, William Flaherty, Erica Flaherty and Ryan Bird.

Jack will be missed by the many friends and acquaintances he made over the years. Jack’s family would like to extent their heartfelt thanks to the Lane Evan Veterans Administration and the Alexis North Henderson Ambulance for all their assistance and care of Jack over the past couple of years.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:00 am. Friday, June 9, 2023, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Alexis.  Interment will be at Alexis (St. Mary’s section) Cemetery, Alexis. Visitation will be Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 at McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory, Monmouth, IL with a Rosary Service beginning at 4:30 pm.   Memorials may be given to the Alexis/North Henderson Ambulance Service. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit

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Recitation of the Rosary
June 8, 2023

4:30 PM
McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory
1007 N G St P.O. Box 444
Monmouth, IL 61462

June 8, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory
1007 N G St P.O. Box 444
Monmouth, IL 61462

Mass of Christian Burial
June 9, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Theresa's Catholic church
131 N. Main St.
Alexis, IL 61412


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