Joe Dougherty

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Joseph Emmet Dougherty shed his earthly shoes and entered the house of his Creator on December 15, 2019. He was 87. "Joe" to everyone who knew him, passed peacefully in the Elkader home he shared with his wife of 66 years, Jean Dougherty. Joe and Jean were married on Valentine’s Day in 1953. A respected businessman, Joe’s life was defined by his service to country and family. He was a decorated war veteran who saw tours of duty in Inchon during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a sergeant on July 20, 1954. He was a long-term member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 21 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader with Rev. John Haugen as Celebrant. A private ceremony for family followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. There was no visitation prior to services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been has been established.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family.

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