John Francis Dougherty

Born: Sun., Nov. 12, 1933
Died: Tue., Feb. 14, 2012


Visitation

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 18, 2012
Location: Zion Lutheran Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 18, 2012
Location: Zion Lutheran Church


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John F. Dougherty, age 78, of Annandale died Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at his home.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating.  Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Assembly Area 5, in Minneapolis.  Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday, both at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale.  A prayer service will be held 6:45 p.m. on Friday at the church.

John Francis Dougherty was born to Matilda (Galles) and Clement Dougherty of Graceville, MN on November 12, 1933. He attended school in Oakes, N.D.   John joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.  On July 23, 1955, John and Dolores Fischer were married in a private ceremony in Webster, S.D.  During their 56 years of marriage, they were blessed with 4 children; Colleen (Dougherty) Forar, James, Michael and Patrick Dougherty.

John worked as a lineman for Wayne County Public Power based in Osmond, Nebraska.  The family lived in Osmond for 9 years and relocated to Annandale, Minnesota in 1971. John was employed by Wright Hennepin Electric in Maple Lake, MN until his retirement in 1985.  He was a lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Maple Lake VFW Post 7664.

John enjoyed his retirement, spending winters in Arizona, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and their activities, family gatherings and taking his beloved dog Coco for walks with his handicapped cart.

John is survived by his wife Dolores; four children & their spouses Colleen Forar of Prior Lake, Jim & Karen of Bemidji, Michael & Coreen of Annandale and Patrick & Amy of Clarksville, TN; sisters & their spouses Peggy & John Gagliardi of Collegeville, Kathleen & Dempsey Worner of Blacksurg, VA and Barbara Dougherty of Bandon, OR; twelve grandchildren Sarah & Enrique Velazquez, Katie Salomonsen, Christian Forar, Jenny, Melissa, Bryan, Meghan, Devin, Dillon & Lauren, Danny, Jacob and Evelyn Dougherty; three great grandchildren Rosie, Lilly and Mason Velazquez.  He is preceded in death by his parents Clement & Matilda; and granddaughter Catherine Dougherty.

Urn Bearers will be John's 12 grandchildren and the partners of the 2 married grandchildren.  Julie Starkey and Jim Dougherty will provide the music for the service.  Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.

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Barb Reitmeier
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Dear Dolores and Family! Dolores, you are my dear friend, and my heart is bleeding for you! We will be in touch. May our Good Shepherd keep you in his care. Love, Barb

Judy Strobel
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Dear Jim and family, May the road rise up to meet your dad with the wind at his back per the Gaelic blessing and may God hold him in the palm of His hand.

Marsha Ziebarth
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
Dolores, Colleen, Jim, Mike & Pat:
My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Your family has played a very significant role in my life and I thank you and God deeply for that. May He give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Love,
Marsha Ziebarth

Deaconess Grace Rao
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Dear Delores:

To lose a loved one is painful and sad! We know the comfort we can only receive is from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ thru His Word and Sacrament. The physical pain abides with us forever, but the joy is the gift of salvation our gracious Father given us thru His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. May He grant you peace, and comfort at this time of grief! May His angels keep you safe and guide you and your loved ones. Thinking of you and holding you all in my prayers. Blessings!
Grace

Dave Peterson
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Jim and Karen...Beth and I offer our sincere condolences. May you cherish the memories you have and may our Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you at this difficult time.

Marti Grabow McMahan
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Dear Dolores and family,

I sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. May the Lord comfort you in ways you need it the most and give you good memories to comfort you as well.

Larry and Margie Alberg
   Posted Thu February 16, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to your whole family--God Bless!!

Marc and Sue Boehlke
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
Mike and family, our deep condolence on loss of your Dad. Treasure your great memories which will keep his legacy alive. Take care.

Kelleen and Steve Alberg
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
We are saddened at the news of John's passing. Our sympathy goes out to the entire family. We know the pain you all feel in losing a parent. Keep all the fond memories with you. It will bring you comfort. Dolores, you brought up a wonderful family. You still have John in all of them.

Darrin and Angie Stuhr
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
Mike, Cork and the Dougherty Family,
Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Our sympathies during this difficult time. We are hoping to make it to the funeral Saturday.

John was an awesome man. My sister-in-law Betty spoke of John often during their days at Wright Hennepin.

Darrin, Angie, Noah, and Avery

Dave & Jeannie Dixon
   Posted Sat February 18, 2012
Dear Dougherty Family,
We are in Arizona, and heard that John had passed away. You have our deepest sympathy, and want you to know that John was a favorite person of mine at Wright-Hennepin, when I worked there. He was always so kind, and after his accident, everyone was devastated. We all shared his recovery, and prayed right along with him, and your family. Hello to Mike and Corky. See you when we return. Jeannie & Dave Dixon

Jon & Maggie Tennessen
   Posted Wed February 22, 2012
Jim, I am sorry for your loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

pat mason
   Posted Wed February 22, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, and my thoughts are with you. Pat

Julie Thomsen Gunnarson
   Posted Thu March 01, 2012
Mrs. Dougherty,

So very sorry to hear of John's passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

The Gunnarson Family
Dewey, Julie (Thomsen), Abigail and Madelyn

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