John (Jack) Franklin Doherty, 73 passed away Saturday November 7, 2009. Jack lived and thrived in Aledo Illinois over the past 47 years with his wife and family. Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 10 from 4-8 pm at Speer Funeral Home with a rosary recited at 8 PM. Funeral Services will be held the following afternoon November 11 at St. Catherine’s Church in Aledo IL at 1:30 with burial immediately following at the Aledo Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Jack Doherty Memorial fund or St. Catherine’s Church.
Jack was born December 15, 1935, in Donnellson, IA to Jim and Vera (Price)Doherty. He graduated from Donnellson High School and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Jack was married to his beloved wife Janice Lingafelter for 46 years in Aledo, IL.
Jack was a Parts Manager and Salesman for Ford Motor Company for 50 years. He was a strong supporter of Bear Country Wrestling Club and tournament, Coached Church league softball and Little League Softball and Baseball, former President of the Aledo Athletic Boosters, an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Aledo Green Dragon Fan, a Twelve Year City Councilman for the City of Aledo, founding board member of Aledo Main Street and most recently served as the mayor of Aledo.
Those left to cherish Jack’s memory include his wife, Janice; children and spouses : Mitch and Julie Doherty of Weaver, IA., Jay Doherty and Wendy Smith of Aledo, IL, Jaci and Bill Weckerly of Rock Island, IL, Jeff Doherty of Rock Island, IL., First Sergeant John and Annie Doherty US Army, Heidelberg, Germany, and Jana and Josh Keever of Milan, IL. Grandchildren include Derek, Kelsie and Kyle(twins) Doherty of Weaver, IA., Jason, Brittany, John and Brandon Doherty of Aledo, IL., Dillon, Garrett, and Jacklyn Weckerly of Rock Island, IL., Taylor, Madison and Noah Keever of Milan, IL. Remaining family members are his Brother Dick Doherty of Springfield, IL, Sisters Mary Ivins, of Lincoln, NE. and Patty and Paul Johnson of Cheyenne, WY, and brother-in-law Elmer Hawkins of Decatur, IL. In addition, surviving includes several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Jim Doherty, sister Ginny Hawkins and brother-in-law Colonel U.S Army (Retired). William Ivins.