Aledo mayor dies
John (Jack) Franklin Doherty, 73, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. Jack lived and thrived in Aledo, Illinois for the past 47 years with his wife and family. Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4-8 p.m. at Speer Funeral Home with a rosary recited at 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held the following afternoon Nov. 11 at St. Catherine’s Church in Aledo at 1:30 p.m.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 Dec. 15, 1935, in Donnellson, Iowa to Jim and Vera (Price) Doherty. He graduated from Donnellson High School and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jack has been married to his beloved wife Janice Lingafelter for 46 years.
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. He coached Church League softball and Little League softball and Baseball, is a former president of the Aledo Athletic Boosters, an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Aledo Green Dragon Fan, a 12-year alderman for the City of Aledo and founding board member of Aledo Main Street. Most recently he served as the mayor of Aledo.
Those left to cherish Jack’s memory include his wife, Janice; children and spouses : Mitch (Julie) Doherty of Weaver, Iowa Jay Doherty and Wendy Smith of Aledo, Jaci (Bill) Weckerly of Rock Island, Jeff Doherty of Rock Island,, First Sergeant John (Annie) Doherty US Army, Heidelberg, Germany,and Jana (Josh) Keever of Milan. Grandchildren include Derek, Kelsie and Kyle(twins) Doherty of Weaver, Iowa; Jason, Brittany, John and Brandon Doherty of Aledo; Dillon, Garrett,and Jacklyn Weckerly of Rock Island; Taylor, Madison and Noah Keever of Milan, Remaining family members are his brother, Dick Doherty of Springfield,; sisters, Mary Ivins of Lincoln, Neb. and Patty (Paul) Johnson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and brother-in-law Elmer Hawkins of Decatur,. In addition, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews survive.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jim Doherty, sister, Ginny Hawkins, and brother-in-law, Colonel U.S Army (Retired) William Ivins.