Donald Daugherty

Donald Daugherty

Friday, December 29th, 1933 Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

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Obituary for Donald L. Daugherty

Donald L. “Doc” Daugherty, age 87, of Chambersburg, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 27, 2021 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born December 29, 1933 in Falls Creek, PA, he was the son of the late James D. and Kathryn (Swanger) Daugherty.

A 1952 graduate of DuBois Area Senior High School, Donald honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an Airman 1st Class from 1955 to 1957. He worked as an installation and repair technician at the National Institutes of Health and retired from C & P Telephone Company after 33 years of service. He and his wife are members of the Marion United Methodist Church, where they sang in the choir and were members of the visitation team. Doc especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, ping-pong, collecting antiques, and outdoor activities. Always ready with a kind word, a joke, or a helping hand, Doc cherished the time he spent with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mona (Soyster) Daugherty, whom he married on November 28, 1953; son, James Daugherty (Deborah) and daughter Linda Wallis; eight grandchildren, Jimmy, Andrew, Stephen, Casey, Kathy, Joe, Will, and Sallie; and two great-grandchildren Hudson and Calvin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ina Irene (Daugherty) Anderson.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion United Methodist Church, 94 Colorado St. Marion, PA 17235.

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Barbara Kelly

Quite a few years ago I worked with Doc at Vacation Bible School in Marion. I remember what a wonderful Christian example he was to the children. I remember how he cared for all God's creatures. I pray that God will give comfort to Mona and the family and friends.
Barbara Kelly
Comment | Posted at 10:46pm via Condolence

Brenda Clute

I was saddened to hear of Uncle Doc’s passing. Uncle Doc always had a smile and was so very caring. Sending hugs to Aunt Mona and family.
Comment | Posted at 02:48pm via Condolence

Debby Ward

He was my uncle and we enjoyed spending time together. My husband also worked for a telephone company so the guys would talk and Aunt Mona and I would visit. Anyone who knew him was blessed to have him in their life. A truly remarkable man
Comment | Posted at 02:04pm via Condolence

Stacy Brosius

Growing up my family didn’t live close to any Aunts, Uncles or Grandparents. The year we moved to Maryland City on Old Line Avenue, that changed. The little blue house across the street with the perfect lawn and perfect gardens belong to Doc and Mona Daugherty. Their friendship with our family has spanned the decades and the miles and with that friendship the title of of Aunt and Uncle was born. Though no blood is shared, their love made them family.

Being family meant that I spent some sick days home from school at their house. Aternoons on their sun porch were relished and being with them always meant that Aunt Mona was going to call Uncle Doc Honey at least a zillion times during the day. AND there was always dancing.... always dancing after they would be silly and joking. Uncle Doc would take Aunt Mona by the waist and cheek to cheek they would dance, on the sun porch, in the kitchen, in the living room.... wherever they were.

As the Stallsmith family grew and moved and later Aunt Mona and Uncle Doc moved up on the hill in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, the love and connection of family remained. Trips up to visit with lunch on the porch, always included Nibble With Gibble chips, checking out the bird feeders and looking in on the baby bluebirds and visits to the basement to check out Uncle Doc’s projects or latest addition to his collections were always highlights. AND there was always dancing... always dancing after they would be silly and joking. Uncle Doc would take Aunt Mona by the waist and cheek to cheek they would dance, on the sun porch, in the kitchen, in the living room.... wherever they were.

When it came time for me to start college, I chose a college in their small town. During my four years there, my regular visits for meals or special deliveries of Rice Krispie treats and Nibbles were so loved. Then when I started my student teaching I was placed in a school very close to their house. To save money that semester, I lived with them. Without their love my student teaching would have been a disaster. It was then that Uncle Doc patiently taught me to drive a stick shift after I totaled my car. It was then that our love for David Letterman would keep the two of us up long enough to hear his top 10 list each night, it was then that we snacked on orange circus peanuts (aka bullets) together, when we would wait for the Mennonite bake sale so could buy fresh coconut macaroons and devour them in the car, when he diced Vidalia onions so teeny they were almost invisible when you put them on your hotdog he grilled to perfection and we would drink our sweet tea sitting on the wicker on the back patio as the afternoon sun set. While I lived there their love for each other was breathtaking. AND there was always dancing... always dancing after they would be silly and joking. Uncle Doc would take Aunt Mona by the waist and cheek to cheek they would dance, on the sun porch, in the kitchen, in the living room.... wherever they were.

Aunt Mona and Uncle Doc were always there to celebrate the milestones and holidays- birthdays, graduations and even weddings.

Uncle Doc read scripture at our wedding and toasted Gary and I on that hot, dry July evening. I remember he told everyone we were a great team and I remember thinking if we could only be as happy and loving as he and Aunt Mona! During the reception we played the song, “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers (their favorite) because my Aunt Mona and Uncle Doc were the longest married couple at our wedding. AND there was always dancing....

When Cooper and Clancy were born they were there to ooh and ahh over their sweet baby faces. When Cooper was little I remember taking him up to Chambersburg to visit for the day. Uncle Doc and Cooper played all day! Uncle Doc showed him all of his phone collection and all of his tools and matchbox car collection and they rode bikes and laughed until the sun went down. And even then there was dancing....

The last time I was able to get to Chambersburg, our visit together was so wonderful. I knew then that time was moving quickly. But on that day we laughed and joked and we hugged. And though my Aunt Mona wasn’t getting around much, their love was so, so real and alive. AND... there was dancing... maybe without much moving but they stood in the living room and they were cheek to cheek and they danced.

My Uncle Doc, the man I nicknamed Lester, a man who was quick witted, gentle and kind, a man who loved to fish and enjoyed antiques and his birds, a man that gave the best hugs and love that could ever be, a man who loved my Aunt Mona with all that he had and all that he was is wearing the halo and wings that he was born with and has hidden his whole life on earth. And I am positive he is looking down on us and saying....

“Love from the hilltop”
Comment | Posted at 09:03pm via Condolence

Sally Bacon

We are all saddened to hear that Doc has passed away. We fondly remember his singing in the choir; sharing his collection with our son, as well as sharing the love of Jesus at Bible School with his furry friend! God bless your family as you celebrate his life!
Comment | Posted at 01:10pm via Condolence

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