Friday, July 29, 2022

Obituary - James "Lew" Daugherty

James Lewis Daugherty, age 97, of Clinton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab. Center in Clinton, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Vansant-Mills Chapel in Clinton with visitation starting at 9:00 AM. 

Burial with military honors will follow in Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, Missouri. Memorial contributions can be made to the Clinton Elks Lodge-Building Fund and can be left in care of the funeral home.

James Lewis Daugherty was born on January 31, 1925 in Creighton, Missouri. He was the 4th child born to Margaret Alene Crawford Daugherty and James Daniel Daugherty. Lew left high school to join the United States Navy and he proudly served his country in World War II on the USS Colorado battleship. He was wounded while serving and was awarded a Purple Heart. 

After Discharge from the Navy, he lived in California for a short period of time and then returned home to Clinton, Missouri where he went to work at Unitog Manufacturing. It was during this time that he met and married Donna Bernard on March 22, 1952. After Unitog, Lew worked for a short time at Bernard’s Glass & Radiator and then at the Clinton Post Office, which is where he retired from.

He is survived by his wife, of 70 years, Donna, along with their two children, Mitch (Kim) Daugherty and Marla (Steve) Jones. Lew leaves behind three grandchildren, Kristi (Jason) Austin, Jason (Megan) Daugherty and Jordan Daugherty, along with 5 great grandchildren, Kenadie Austin, Keller, Maren, Cora and Sofia Daugherty.

Lew was a member of and past Exalted Ruler for Clinton Elks Lodge #1034, a member of VFW Post 1894 and American Legion Post 14. He was a lifelong blood donor for the American Red Cross.

When his grandkids were growing up and active in sports, Lew could be found at all their Little League and Babe Ruth baseball games cheering them on. 

After retirement, Lew’s daily routine included riding around town in his truck, with his boxer grand-dog Maddie hanging her head out his passenger window. Lew loved to garden and for years shared the fruits of his labor with his friends and family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.

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