Memorial Gardens Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery

3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO


John Edward Daugherty

October 26, 1948January 8, 2020

John E Daugherty was born on October 26, 1948 in South Bend, Indiana and passed away on January 8, 2020 in Pikes Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor C. Gay, his father William T. Daugherty, his brother William L. Daugherty and his brother Thomas M. Daugherty. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Lori, and his brother Dennis R. Daugherty, his wife Susie, their son Dennis, his children Tyler and Andrew. Also survived by his niece Diane Fallier, her husband Jason and children Jayleen, Wyatt and Landen; sister-in-law Kathy Daugherty, her sons Michael Daugherty and his wife Jill; Adam Daugherty, his daughters Carlie and Alexis. Also survived by his nephew Mark Dougherty, his wife Vicki and their daughter Kirsten.

John served in the Army where he worked in nuclear weapons maintenance and learned the optical trade. He graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in Biology and Psychology. He was an actor, musician, singer, poet, writer of novels and science fiction, and a stained glass artist. His science fiction novel "Oblivion" is published on Kindle. John met Lori in a theatrical production, they married in 1977 and were truly soulmates and best friends for life.

John and Lori owned Olde Towne Optical and Gifts from 2003 until 2013. A gifted certified optician, John then worked at Executive Park Eye Care until September 2019. He had a great smile, was compassionate and caring about others, loved his family and friends. There will be a short graveside ceremony witnessing the lowering of the casket at Memorial Gardens on January 15th at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made in John's name to Pikes Peak Hospice at 2520 Tenderfoot Hill St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or www.pikespeakhospice.org.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


John Edward Daugherty

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Amber Leaf

January 16, 2020

John was an amazing human being and one of my best friends especially while working at Executive Park. He was one of the very best parts of my day, seeing him walk in and greet everyone with a warm hello or with one of his great hugs he gave. Over the years working beside him I learned more than I ever thought, not only about optical but about life. John had such a great heart and had so many stories. I looked forward to laughing with him and talking everyday, just like the many people that came all around just to get help from this master optician. He was an awesome friend and I looked forward to seeing him everyday. I know I will always think of him often and smile, We had so many memories.
My deepest condolences to Lori his wonderful wife. May God hold you now in this difficult time, prayers and blessings. May you rest in paradise now dear friend.

Rhonda Heaton

January 15, 2020

John was always a gentleman. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. He helped me through many sad times in my life. He gave me kind words of wisdom that made me see there was hope.
He was the best optician in town!! Who else would be able to Teach me how to read a lensometer over the phone??? He was a wealth of knowledge and was willing to share with anyone that showed interest.
John will be missed by all that knew him!

Meghan Mounger

January 15, 2020

I had the honor of working with John a few years back, he taught me so much of what I know about optical and life, learning from him is an experience I will never forget! Gone but never forgotten! My condolences to Johns family and friends.

Rachel Leonetti

January 15, 2020

John was a wonderful, intellectual and generous man. Always so kind and I always looked forward to visiting with him, we worked in the Optical industry together. Another great legend gone but never forgotten.