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John Robert Daugherty

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John Robert Daugherty John Robert Daugherty, 86, went home to be with the Lord January 27, 2010, in Austin, Texas. A native of Peru, Indiana, John was born April 21, 1923, to Ethel and Jacob Daugherty. After high school graduation he attended Butler University before enlisting in the Marines in 1943. Earning the rank of Corporal, he was trained as a paratrooper and fought with the 1st Marine Division in some of the fiercest battles of the South Pacific during World War II. John returned to Indiana and in 1946 married his sweetheart, Norma Kathleen Peters. They soon settled in Carmel, Ind., and started a family. John and Norma had three children; Kathleen, Susan and John. Through a job transfer, the family moved to Texas in 1961, where he ultimately found his career niche with Dairy Queen Stores of Texas, Inc. in Dallas. He loved working with and serving the public so this was a perfect fit. Besides working as a manager and supervisor, he developed the company's first manager trainee school. In 1970 the family moved to Taylor for two years, where they ran two local fast food restaurants, K&N Root Beer Drive Inn and the Dairy Quinn. John returned to Dairy Queen Stores of Texas, Inc. in 1972, moving with the family to McAllen where he oversaw the opening of 22 Dairy Queens across the Rio Grande Valley. His wry sense of humor, team oriented approach, and high expectations were a recipe for success during the 20 plus years in the Valley. He understood the importance of business and community connections and initiated a grade incentive program with local schools. John gave time to the Rotary Club, accumulating nineteen years of perfect attendance and also served as President of the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association. He was happiest working and being around people, and took great pride in his Dairy Queen operation. He truly loved his work, as evidenced by his postponement of retirement until he was in his 70's. Moving to Austin for health reasons in 1998 allowed John and Norma to be closer to their loved ones, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was a loving husband and great role model as a father. He could "walk the walk and talk the talk". Everyone who knew him will miss his upbeat disposition, sense of humor, and good-natured teasing. He was preceded in death by daughter, Kathleen, in 1958 and wife, Norma, in 2005. John is survived by sister Josephine Standley of Marion, Iowa; children, Susan Stephens of Laguna Park and John Daugherty of Cedar Park; granddaughters Kathryn Tunnell of Corpus Christi, Amanda Hennig of Whitney, and Jennifer Winfree of Austin, and six great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Laura Guerrero, the fourth floor acute care at North Austin Medical Center, Odessey Hospice, and especially his caregivers and friends at Arden Courts, Alzheimer's care assisted living, whose thoughtful and dignified care provided a high quality of life for him. The cremains will be laid to rest at Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the http://www.alz.org

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 31, 2010
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