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Harley Mahler

August 3, 1952 — June 13, 2021


Harley Mahler, 68 of Hibbing, passed away June 13th, 2021 at home with family by his side. Harley was born Aug 3rd, 1952, to Glenn and Alice Mahler, in Waseca, MN. He grew up in a loving family, on the family dairy farm. Upon graduating from University of Minnesota Southern School of Agriculture in 1970, Harley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Assigned to Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadrons, and stationed with the 319th Bomb Wing, Harley distinguished himself with many awards for excellence. He joined the 474th Tactical Fighter Squadron to finish his 2nd enlistment. Harley was very proud to have served his country from 1970-1977.

Upon discharge from the USAF, Harley attended the RCC RN program, later finishing a Bachelor’s Degree at WSU. He worked in the Medical ICU at St. Mary’s, before transferring to the Emergency Trauma unit there. Harley married Sherry Fabry in 1979, and they enjoyed nearly 42 years together. In 1992, Harley, Sherry, sons Greg and Steven, and 10 rambunctious sled dogs, moved to 35 acres of woods south of Hibbing. There, they cleared a spot for the log home they would all work hard to build. The sled dog kennel grew to 42 dogs at one point, all beloved best friends! Many a mile was spent on the back of a dogsled in the dead of night, on trips to the BWCA, or on mid distance runs just for fun.

Harley worked in the ICU, ER, and OR at Hibbing Hospital. He spent his final 10 years of RN career teaching at HCC, retiring in 2013. Harley then worked as a home inspector alongside his son Greg (as “Mahler Inspections”), until retiring again in 2019. Son, Steven, is a millwright at Minntac. Daughters, Tamara and Lisa, and granddaughters Annika, Ella, and Teilor, live in Fort Collins, Colorado. Lisa works as a high school graduation advocate and homeless shelter case manager.

Harley is proudest of his children and grandchildren, their accomplishments, and their care and charity toward others. Harley enjoyed woodworking, rustic furniture and log building, gardening of all kinds, and being outside or on the water. He made and donated many wood crafted items to local charities and events.

Most recently, motorcycling became a first love for both Harley and Sherry. Multiple rides to Colorado, South Dakota, and all over Minnesota and Wisconsin tallied up to 80,000+ miles in 5 years of riding together.

He sure hopes Jesus may have a Heritage in Heaven he can ride now and then. Faith in our Lord.

Harley is survived by his wife Sherry, sons Greg and Steven, daughters Tamara and Lisa, granddaughters Annika, Ella, and Teilor, sister Marlis (Waseca, MN), and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and in-laws. He is preceded in death by parents Glenn and Alice Mahler, infant son David Joseph, and father-in-law Mike Fabry. Funeral services will be held 11 am Thursday, June 17, 2021 at North Wind Church in Keewatin. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Wednesday, June 16 at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing and continue on Thursday at the church from 10 am until the beginning of the service at 11. Interment will be held at 11 am Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Dougherty Funeral Home Hibbing

2615 1st Ave, Hibbing, MN 55746

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Funeral Service

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

North Wind Church (Keewatin)


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Friday, June 18, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (Duluth)


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