Gerard Joseph Dougher, 61, of Green Ridge, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday. He was the husband of Debra A. Hinkley Dougher and the father of Ashlee A. Dougher. The couple celebrated their 31st Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 5.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edward D. and Lois Healey Dougher. He was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School. Gerald also received a B.A. in French and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton and was a Fullbright Scholar to France. He received an MBA from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and was a CPA who worked for the Social Security Administration, office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Wilkes-Barre. He was a Captain in the Army and received the Meritorious Medal for Outstanding Service, which was the highest honor given in Peace time.
Gerald was a devoted husband and loving father and he was so proud of his daughter, Ashlee, who graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 2011, and equally as proud of Ashlee for being a sophomore at the University of Scranton, double majoring in Biology and Biomathematics with a pre-med concentration.
Surviving are his wife, Debra Dougher; and daughter, Ashlee Dougher; his mother, Lois Healey Dougher; and two brothers, Edward Dougher and his wife, Kerry; and David Dougher and his wife, Cheryl; and three nieces, Kristin, Carrie, and Stacey. He was the son-in-law of Doris Sperrazza and Jesse Hinkley Sr.; and the grandson-in-law of Agnes D. Miller and the late Hugh W. Miller. He was also the brother-in-law of Frank Sperrazza and Jesse Hinkley Jr. Gerald had two nephews, Jesse Hinkley III and Tyler Hinkley; and a niece, Amanda Hinkley.
The funeral will be held on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 602 Birch St., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ann's Basilica, 1250 St. Ann St., Scranton, to be celebrated by Father Francis Landry. Interment will be private in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery in Archbald.
There will be a visitation on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu neralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on October 27, 2012