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Walter John Dougherty
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John Dougherty, 86 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Woodward. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Reverend Scott Ware officiating.

John Dougherty was born December 15, 1930, the middle child to Walter John and Myrtle (Frazier) Dougherty northeast of Codell in Rooks County, Kansas. He had two older sisters, a younger brother and sister, and a great mom and dad.

For the first 8 ½ years, Codell, Kansas was home to John. In the dust bowl days, they had lots of dust storms which created drifts two feet high on the west side of the house. He remembers cold winters and hot summers. John went to Hoskins Rural school the first two years of school with all eight grades in the same room. Some days he walked the two miles to school, others they rode a saddle horse or drove a horse and buggy. During summers he herded cows with his older sister and made mud pies in jar lids. On the first Saturday of each month, the family went to the county seat to get commodities like hominy, cheese, flour, dried prunes, corn meal, and bully beef. The family moved to Natoma, Kansas in Osborne County in the summer of 1938. He started the third grade there and graduated from Natoma High School in 1948. During high school, he made many lifelong friends. He played both basketball and football and excelled in both sports. John was a four year letterman in both and he was the captain of the football team. While in school he worked at many jobs like milking cows, feeding steers, and other farming chores.

After graduation from high school, he enrolled at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas with the financial help of his older sister. The second year he had help from businessmen in Natoma. Besides his family, he had many businessmen that influenced his life. After two years of college he went into oilfield work as a rough neck and rotary driller. On March 17, 1951, he married his sweetheart Kathleen White in Hays, Kansas. After a short honeymoon, it was back to work as a driller on a rotary rig. On March 16, 1953 their first child a girl, Teresa was born; then Leslie on May 26, 1955; Nelson on June 20, 1959; and Joni on September 15, 1962.

In November of 1953 John went to work for Hughes Tool Company, as a field representative, selling rock bits to drilling contractors. With Hughes, he lived in Oklahoma City, Hill City, Kansas, Great Bend, Kansas, Woodward, Oklahoma, and back to Oklahoma City in 1975 as an Oklahoma City Representative. John retired in 1987 with over 33 years of service. After retiring from Hughes, he worked for a casing crew company, two drilling contractors, and an engineer group.

John loved to play golf, watch OSU and OU football, and he enjoyed working with the Rat Pack at his church, First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, the River Oaks Golf Club, and the Petroleum Club.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Dougherty of the home; three daughters: Teresa Vassar and husband Ron, Leslie Miller, Joni Welch and husband Keith; one son Nelson Dougherty and wife Joni; eleven grandchildren: Tara Cosby and husband Mike, Rustin Vassar and wife Pennye, Dana Crawford and husband Gerald, Jaron Miller and wife Randi, Josh Miller, Kolby Dougherty, Drew Dougherty, NaTasha Welch, Shane Welch, Brooke Welch, Cole Welch; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one brother Charles Dougherty and wife Eva; one sister Lois Doty and husband Arvin; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Estella Reynolds and husband Bob, Ellen Snyder and husband Elmer and a son-in-law Jackie Miller.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Woodward, OK 73801


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