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Richard Leo "Dick" Dougherty

1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Leo "Dick" Dougherty Obituary
Dougherty, Richard "Dick" Leo

Richard "Dick" Leo Dougherty died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Dick was born in Fort Frances, Ontario on August 5, 1932 and was the third of six children. The family moved to International Falls from Fort Frances when he was in the fifth grade and he attended St. Thomas Catholic School. In high school he played on the first Falls High School hockey team alongside his brother Bill, and graduated in 1950. He was recruited to play at the University of Minnesota, where he played under legendary coach John Mariucci. While at the University of Minnesota, he was named to the All American team with his friend and teammate, John Mayasich. In his 3 year college career he accumulated 187 points, holding the 10th all-time points record to this day. He's also in 5th place for all-time career goals with 109 and single season goals with 42 in the '53-54 season. Following his college career, Dick played with the USA world team in 1955. In October 1955 he was drafted into the Army and in that same year he made the US Olympic team and began practice for the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy where team USA brought home a silver medal. In 2003 he was inducted to the US Hockey Hall of Fame, in 2006 to the M Club Hall of Fame and to the Bronco Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an Emeritus Director of the Green Bay Packers. In July 1957 Dick married Judith Amidon and they moved to Green Bay Wisconsin where he played on the Green Bay Bobcats semi pro hockey team for six years. Dick started the road construction supply company, Green Bay Highway Products and his son John continues the business. In 1986 Dick and Judy invested in the Thunderbird Lodge and continue in a partnership with daughter Mary Jane and her husband Rod Haanen. In 2004 he and Judy gradually retired to International Falls, spending summers and most winters at their cabin on Gold Shores. Dick was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed fishing trips to the Arctic Circle with Dick Dobbs and hunting on Rainy Lake with John Klow. He was a wonderful provider for his family and loved his wife, children and grandchildren dearly. He is preceded in death by parents, Leo and Mary, sisters Pat Larson, Esther (Tully) Kane, Myrna Nystrom and brother William (Bill) Dougherty. He is survived by his wife, Judith Dougherty, sister Delores (Roger) Campbell, children, John (Lisa) Dougherty, Mary Jane (Rod) Haanen, and Jenny (Dan) Herman, as well as his grandchildren, Emilie, Sam, and Sadie Dougherty, Stella, Sophie and Maddie Fredrickson, Angie (Dave) Sandstrom, Will and Grace Haanen, and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Tuesday, November 29th at 11:00 a.m. Following the interment, the family welcomes everyone to share a traditional shore lunch meal at the Thunderbird Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Falls Rec Hockey.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 27, 2016
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