Willard J. “Woody” Dougherty, Sr.
July 5, 1944 – May 17, 2014
Willard J. “Woody” Dougherty, Sr., age 69, of Rising Sun, MD passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Born on July 5, 1944 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late George Dougherty and Esther Hindes Dougherty.
Woody (as he was affectionately known by many) retired from Stroehmann Bakeries in New Castle, DE after many years of dedicated service.
Active in his community, Woody enjoyed being a member and volunteering his time with the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #851 in Elkton, MD, J. Allison O’Daniel VFW Post #475 in Newark, DE, the State Troopers Association, and American Legion Post #194 in Rising Sun, MD.
As a family man, Woody loved spending time attending various family gatherings including crab feast picnics. He loved spending his vacations going on cruises & people watching on the boardwalk at the beach. In his spare time, Woody enjoyed reading western novels, watching action & western movies, attending antique car shows, and watching the Discovery & History channels. He was an avid fan of both Elvis and John Wayne. In his earlier years, Woody enjoyed hunting trips, & over the years he never lost his eye for the outdoors.
Woody will be remembered as a fun-loving jokester who was kind hearted, yet very ornery! He will be GREATLY missed by the many lives he touched.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Long Dougherty in 1997.
Woody leaves many fond memories to his 7 children, Willard J. Dougherty, Jr. (Danielle) of Middletown, George S. Dougherty (Stacey) of Newark, Willis O. Dougherty (Debbie) of Nottingham, PA, Christina L. Littleton (Sherman) of Georgetown; Charlotte Heath of Wilmington, Thomas Heath (Michelle) of Elkton, MD and Krissy Duncan of Rising Sun, MD; 4 siblings, George Dougherty, Hedy Davis, Bill Dougherty and Tim Dougherty, all of Newark; his first wife and dear friend, Betty Beaumont of Georgetown; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, May 24, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends may visit with his family from 9:30 until 10:30 am. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Cherry Hill, MD.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Woody’s memory to the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 851, 71 Cherry Hill Road, Elkton, MD 21921.