A photo of Willard J. “Woody” Dougherty, Sr.

Willard J. “Woody” Dougherty, Sr.

Born July 5, 1944

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.

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10 Condolences for Willard J. “Woody” Dougherty, Sr.

  • kriisy so sorry on the loss of your father may he rest in peace. doug

  • Woody, you will be greatly missed by everyone who knew you. But, most importantly by your “Daughter” Krissy who loved you beyond words. Rest in peace our dear friend.

  • In this most difficult time I wish to express my deep sense of loss of a dear friend. My most sincere condolences to the entire family. Time has taken us apart in life but not in mind and spirit. Woody was a good friend and I will miss him very much as I have lost another life long friend. My love to the entire family, Jimmy Donovan.

  • To Krissy and the Dougherty Family,

    Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss of” Dad Dougherty”. He always treated us with kindness and respect and he will be missed. He is truly at peace now no more suffering.

    With Much Love and Respectfully Submitted;
    James and Leslie Gibbs

    An Angel whispered
    take my hand and
    come with me
    you’re work here is done.

    I went away to a place
    where there’s no tears, nor sorrow
    only laughter and smiles,
    there will always be a Tomorrow.

    As I move amongst the clouds.
    I’ll look down and smile upon you,
    while the angels
    sing a heavenly song.

    I am not alone
    all who went before
    are here
    they awaited my return.

    I know you’ll grieve
    and wish I was still here
    I am here in the memories
    you hold dear.

    Remember how much I
    love you
    and know I took your
    love with me.

    I did not wish for
    you to cry, nor feel sad.
    My pain is gone and
    I am Free!

    Soon you’ll come to me
    until then
    God will be with you
    Just as He’s with me.

    Poem by Diana Blokzyl

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Always remembering the fun times when we were little. You were always the one to cause trouble. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you.

  • Krissy, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during these difficult times.

  • Woody will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dear Loved Ones,
    I’m so sorry for the passing of “Uncle” Woody. I remember him fondly from the many family picnics at Pop-Pop & Mom-Mom’s home on Phillips Ave. He was so mischievous! Do know, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. If there’s anything I can do please don’t hesitate to let me know.
    My Most Sincere Condolences,
    Cheryl

  • Krissy…..we know you are hurting beyond words. You have been a great daughter to Woody and he loved you very much. What a testimony the relationship was to parent/child love and support. He will always be with you, in your heart and watching over you from above. Sending love and prayers. HUGS…Pop and Mom