Donald Ray Daugherty, 78, Topeka, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Donald was born in Grimes, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Bessie Henson Daugherty, on March 5, 1938. He attended Cheyenne schools where he played baseball, was in FFA and played in the band. He graduated in 1956. Donald went to work for the ATSF Railroad in 1956 and worked there for 44 years. On June 5, 1957, Donald and Marlene Flynn were united in marriage in Berlin, Oklahoma, enjoying more than 59 years together. They were great partners both on and off the dance floor. He was drafted into the Army in 1960 serving at Fort Gordon, Georgia until he was honorably discharged in 1962.
He was active in a CB radio club in Hereford, Texas. He was a sheriff ’s reserve officer in Deaf Smith County, Texas for a number of years before transferring to Topeka with Santa Fe. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post 421 and was active in their Honor Guard until his health prevented it. Donald enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an avid fisherman.
Donald is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Alan Daugherty (Cindy); and daughter, Sandra Shea (Mike); grandchildren, Krystal Mercer (Scott), Kyla Rice (Jacob), Maggie and Kelly Shea; great-grandchildren, Drake and Avery Mercer; his brother, Terry Daugherty; and sister, Sheryl Naeve (Orin).
Family will greet friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka KS 66614.
Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Topeka Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to American Legion Post 421 or to Midland Care Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com.