Jerry Dee Daugherty
December 15, 1946 – August 31, 2021
Jerry Dee Daugherty and his bright light departed this earth on August 31, 2021, surrounded by family and the love of many from far and wide. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary (Ault) Daugherty, and children, Bradley Dee Daugherty and Laura Daugherty. For the entirety of his life, his bright light was constant—beaming on family, faith, work, and many dear friends.
Jerry was born in Mexico, Mo., to Warren Dee and Dorothy Daugherty on December 15, 1946. Raised in Centralia, Mo., with younger siblings Don Daugherty and Diane Daugherty, Jerry excelled in sports, especially golf. He knew from an early age he wanted to become a builder, crediting his parents and coaches for instilling his work ethic. He spent his summers working at the Centralia Country Club, where chances were good another golf-loving Daugherty was playing on the course.
Jerry lettered in golf on scholarship at the University of Missouri while pursuing a degree in wood products and construction. In 1966, as a freshman, Jerry received a call from the man who would eventually become his employer, mentor, and friend: the founder of Reinhardt Construction, Bill Reinhardt. Jerry worked as an employee for three summers and upon graduation in 1970 became a full-time contractor with Reinhardt Construction. Unbeknownst to Mr. Reinhardt, he’d gotten much more than a summer intern—he’d hired the person who would ultimately become the heart and soul of Reinhardt Construction.
While at the university, Jerry met the love of his life, Mary Ault, in Economics 210: Labor Problems. After a fated seating assignment, and a few attempts to get her attention, Jerry got his date, and his lifetime was set.
They wed on July 5, 1969, and graduated together from the University of Missouri in 1970, making Columbia their home. In 1995, Jerry achieved his dream of becoming president and owner of Reinhardt Construction, when Mr. Reinhardt retired. The company’s success continued to flourish, not only because of the relationships Jerry built with his clients—but also those he established within. By self-performing work, Reinhardt Construction became known for guaranteeing schedule and quality—and for the solid crew of extraordinary professionals who’d been with the company many years, often decades. Jerry cared very deeply about taking care of his employees.
Along with high-end residences, Reinhardt Construction also established many commercial clients, and completed several large projects with the University of Missouri, Columbia College, Boone Hospital Center, and University Hospital. Jerry served as President of the Associated General Contractors-Kansas City Chapter, and in 2013, he was named Chairman of the Builders’ Association-Kansas City Chapter. His company enjoyed many national awards related to safety and quality of construction. In early 2021, he was very proud to turn the reins over to PJ Hoerr, who will continue Reinhardt Construction’s legacy into the future.
Beyond his work, Jerry was a committed leader in the community, serving as a Trustee of Columbia College since 1989. He served on several bank boards and was an Eagle Scout. At First Christian Church, he gave his time as an Elder. He filled the church with his ringing tenor voice and love of music, often singing solos during service.
He loved traveling, especially to Italy and Florida, though his favorite place on earth was Mary’s beautiful garden and the glass of wine he enjoyed there every night. His friends and family meant the world to him, and he loved to laugh. He had a way of making everyone feel like family, his disarming presence lighting up meetings, gatherings, football games, and, inevitably, the golf course. Yet it was people, and his many relationships, that lit him up. He said it constantly: résumé versus relationships—relationships win every time. Those blessed to know him are grateful his light will continue to light their way.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 8 at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo. The funeral will be at 2:30 pm on Thursday, September 9 at First Christian Church in Columbia. The interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
If desired, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 101 N. 10th St., Columbia, Mo., 65201; St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter, 6228 Country Club Rd., Murphysboro, Il., 62966; or GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, P.O. Box 665, Columbia, Mo., 65205.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Jerry Dee Daugherty
September 11, 2021
THIS IS AN EMAIL THAT I SENT TO JERRY SHORTLY PRIOR TO HIS PASSING
From reading the Facebook posts that your daughter Laura has done I know that your situation is not the best. I want you to know that all of us who know you are hoping and praying for you and that whatever happens will happen. Perhaps those are not very profound words, but your life has been a full one and a good one, regardless, of what happens at this juncture.
All of us that ran around together have been very fortunate through our lives. Things have not always been totally smooth, nor mistake free, but all in all we have had a very good run.
On a more personal note, perhaps, you had a more clear purpose and direction than many of us did. Particularly, in our teenage years you had the ability to stay focused, do the right things, make the right choices, and you have been amply rewarded. I greatly admire you for that.
Laura asked that we share any special memories that we might have that we felt you would enjoy. I'm not tech-savvy enough to post them on Facebook but thought you might enjoy some of these pictures.
Take care, be strong, and you will be rewarded.
Incidentally, really enjoyed your sister Diane’s post about your telling her she would never beat you at golf—you never liked losing but walking off the course when trailing her was not being a poor loser or a quitter—just a simple matter of cutting your losses.
Kindergarten through High School and Class of 1965
September 9, 2021
Mary, I just read the full obituary on Jerry. It was very nicely done. It’s so hard to write about them after they have passed away. I just did a very short one on Jack, he made his impression on people that knew him, as Jerry did too. You will miss him so much, that I can tell you from experience. Cherish all the wonderful memories you had together, my sincere condolences to you Brad and Laura.
The Daugherty’s were all such fine people, I loved Dee and Dorothy so much.
You just have to live one day at a time and it does get a little better, as time goes on.
Fondly, Linda Chance
September 9, 2021
Mary, Brad, and Lauren, so sorry for the loss of a great man, husband, father and friend. Although we do not live in the Columbia area anymore I still remember Jerry always being there on the soccer fields when the Shiver played. Any time I ran into Jerry at business events he always called me Coach. Rest in peace Jerry. See you someday on the great soccer field.
George and Fay Carney
September 6, 2021
Jerry’s life journey was absolutely captured by his obituary portrayal as a “bright Light”. Intensity was personified in his makeup regardless of the endeavor. I loved the inclusion of Jerry’s Mom and Dad along with Donnie and Diane. What a dynamic family that was.
Jerry enjoyed highlighting the achievements of others and believing in their life’s journey making them special in his eyes . This was no more prevalent as he shown a bright light on the love of his life, Mary and his children Brad and Laura.
I cherished the greetings of DR. ,with his enthusiastic big smile, as he was proud of me and always kidding me how much money I was making ( can’t you just hear him).
I love looking at his picture and couldn’t stop thinking of him during the telecast of the Tigers’ home opener!
Teammate , classmate, friend, and longtime admirer, Greg Wilson
Howard and Beth McCauley
September 6, 2021
Our friendship started in Kindergarten and lasted a lifetime. I'm so thankful for the many afternoons I spent at the Daugherty home while growing up, playing sandlot ballgames and just having fun. Our last meeting was several years ago in his Reinhardt Office.
He was all smiles and in good health. There was a lot of laughing while telling old stories. We were happy for each others successes. He knew how to make you feel good. Jerry truly loved his Mary, Brad, and Laura, along with Reinhardt Construction. What a great day! Remembering a great teammate, classmate and friend. Go Panthers 1965. Go Tigers 1970.
Mike and Rockie Alden
September 5, 2021
Mary, Laura and Brad, we were so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He was such a committed, inspirational and positive person and he will be surely missed by many. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to engage with Jerry on many occasions throughout Columbia, at the University and certainly involving many Tiger athletics events.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Jerry's family and friends.
Rockie and Mike Alden
September 5, 2021
Many fond memories. Jerry went to Jamaica for many years to stay at the Yellow Bird with the Hansen family. I remember his bear hugs. He was full love and life. I know he is God's loving arms.
Elaine and Jim Warren
September 4, 2021
Jerry played football for me in Centralia in 1963. He was bright, a fierce competitor and his later business success came as no surprise. He was a winner all of his life. No Coach wants to outlive his players. Certainly one of Centralia's finest grads !
September 4, 2021
My thoughts ,prayers and love is with each of you at this sad time and in the weeks to follow. May our heavenly Creator give you peace at this time. God bless you.
Love, Mary Young
September 3, 2021
Mary, I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a very nice person. He was always friendly and caring . Please extend my sympathy to your children. I so loved all the pictures he posted of your beautiful flower garden. He was so proud of all your diligent efforts to make it is a special place for enjoyment. My heart goes out to you in your sorrow. May God be with you.
September 3, 2021
Mary, Laura, and Brad,
We are so sorry for your loss. What a terrible year this has been. You are in our prayers,
Pamela and Rich Hoeppner
September 2, 2021
Mary, Laura and Brad,
Knowing “JD” as we affectionately call Jerry was a life treat. His energy and compassion were to be envied. I always looked forward to our business ventures, our social connect and just having the pleasure of him in our lives. We will miss him and our prayers for the family will hopefully bring solace to his departure.
Fred, Jane and Reid Jaeckle