John Stephen Dougherty passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. He was born May 6, 1920 at Armell's, MT to Alvina and Edward Dougherty, on their homestead. He started grade school in Butte, Mont. then moved to his folk's ranch, 30 miles north of Lewistown, Mont. He attended Weidman School which was a one-room school that never had more than a dozen kids. He graduated from Fergus County High School. While attending high school he worked at Riverside Greenhouse for room and board. He then joined the Montana National Guard.
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John's enlistment came up two weeks before Pearl Harbor, but was extended for the convenience of the government. He served one month less than five years in the Ink Company of the Montana 163rd Infantry, serving 42 months in the South Pacific. While in combat he was Staff Sergeant and received Combat Infantry, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart medals.
John came to Bozeman to attend Montana State College and then worked several years in the auto industry. He was a police officer at MSC and then was Chief Engineer in charge of the Heating Plant at MSU and retired after 20 years.
John married Mildred (Pose) Jenkins Hammond in 1948. They were married for 49 years when she passed away in 1997. In 1999 he married Janet Carson. They were married for 14 years when she passed away in 2013.
John was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Pose; wife, Jan; three sisters, Connie Pryor, Ruth Briody, and Marian Swenson; two step-sons, Louis Hammond and Doug Hammond; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is survived by: Jan's three children, Bob Badger, John Badger, and Deborah Bryant, all living on the East Coast; and several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Miller, Bob Briody, Steve Jenkins, Glen Brookhart, Harold Brown, and Roger Boom.
There will be a viewing from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Dahl Funeral Chapel followed by a graveside service with full military honors at 2 p.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to meet at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 1:45 p.m. to process to the cemetery. A reception will be held at the Eagles following interment.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 7, 2015