December 29, 1927 – April 30, 2014
Thomas Allen Dougherty Sr. was born on December 29, 1927 in Jordan Twp., Pennsylvania. He passed away on April 30, 2014 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
As a teenager Thomas began working for the railroad in Pennsylvania. At the age of 17 he received his parents consent to enlist in the US Navy. He served as a Seaman First Class on the USS Crown earning a WWII Victory Medal for his wartime service before being discharged in 1947. Following his enlistment Thomas found his way to Michigan and worked for various companies within the Automotive industry, most notably as an assembler with Ford Motor Company.
Thomas' true joy and passion in his life was his family. He was the loving husband of the late Ruth with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Cherished father of Christine (Tom) Truesdale, Alice (Tim) Kolbasa, Thom Jr. (Nicole), Clarence (Hedwig) and Brenda (Duncan) Puckett. Beloved grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of many.
The Doughtery family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday May 4, 2014 from 3-9 pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd. (east of Newburgh and I-275) in Livonia. His life will be celebrated with a Funeral Service on Monday May 5, 2014 at 11 am, with a final viewing at 10:30 am at Faith Bible Church, 34541 Five Mile Rd.(west of Farmington Rd.) in Livonia.
Thomas will be laid to rest next to Ruth at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland, Michigan.
For those who wish to make a donation in Thomas' memory the family suggests donations to Faith Bible Church or the Detroit VA Hospital.
- Visitation Sunday, May 4, 2014
- In State Monday, May 5, 2014
- Funeral Service Monday, May 5, 2014
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May 4, 2014
To the children of Thomas & Ruth Dougherty, you probably don't remember me but I am a cousin. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He used to always make me laugh. Your family used to visit often when you all were younger. I have a facebook page with numerous pictures of the Dougherty/Daugherty side, including your family, if you would like to view, also, on shutterly if you would like to get prints. Photos are very old. I would love to have your photos to add to mine and share. I plan on making a CD of all photos for all to enjoy. You have one picture with my dad (Bill Dunn). If I were there I would attend,however, I live in AZ. Please join me on FB: Carolyn Dunn Wefsenmoe or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-402-7653.
God Bless your family. Just remember your dad is now with your mother in a better place. Carolyn
May 3, 2014
Thank you for sharing your dad with me. He has always been a friend and great supporter to me. He was like a dad to me. I really missed him when they moved. Him , Carl Athey and myself had a lot of fun and laughs together. I will greatly miss him.
Pastor Jim Young
May 2, 2014
So sorry Alice and family. Now he's at rest with Jesus.