Sylvan Ray "Doc" Daugherty

Sylvan Ray “Doc” Daugherty, age 85, of Fisher, passed from this life to the next on Wednesday morning, September 25, 2019 at his home in Fisher with his devoted wife Donna by his side.

Born November 29, 1933 in Millcreek Township, Clarion County he was the son of the late Chester E. and Mary C. (Ray) Daugherty.


Ray attended the Fisher Consolidated School for 8 years then graduated from Clarion-Limestone High School in 1951. Upon graduation he started working on the Brush Crew at Central Electric Co-operative, working his way up to Chief Lineman where he retired from after 44½ years of service.


He served two years in the U.S. Army 1954-1956 in the rank of SP4. He was a member of the Fisher Presbyterian Church in his early years and following his move to Parker, a member of the Presbyterian Church there, where he served as a Trustee and Elder.  He was a member of the NRECA, and a lifetime member of the NRA.


Ray married Donna E. Moody on September 23, 1961 in the First Presbyterian Church in Clarion, the Rev. Roy C. Blair officiating; and she survives. 


He enjoyed Country Music, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and had a talent for checkering gunstocks.  He assisted with his father’s taxidermy work throughout the deer hunting seasons.  He was an avid reader, especially Western novels, enjoyed working puzzles, and watching NASCAR races. He also enjoyed volunteer work with the Boy Scouts in the French Creek Council, during the years of his son’s involvement in Boy Scouts.


He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, and every few years in the seventies, packed up the station wagon, and with the family and dog, spending two weeks on the road visiting historical sites, amusement parks, and making sure the route passed through Nashville to attend the Grand Ole Opry.  He taught his wife the art of hunting and then each of his four children, as they came of age.  He felt that a great achievement in his life was when he quit smoking at age 47. 


In addition to his wife he is survived by his son Michael Ray and wife Donna Lou of Chicora; and daughters Michelle Renee and husband Dennis Stewart of Strattanville, Brenda K. Daugherty-Shri of Shippenville, and Christine Dianna and husband Stephen Ferris of Emlenton; eight grandchildren, Glenn Ray Stewart, Benjamin Paul Stewart, Sarah (Daugherty) Frey, Hunter Cory Ferris, Jessica Charlene Ferris, Trapper Montgomery Ferris, Archer Boone Ferris, and Neel Daugherty-Shrivastava.  He is also survived by his two great-grandsons, Nicholas Robert Frey and Ethan Michael Frey; and his great-granddaughter, Reagan Emelia Stewart.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Jane who died at birth, along with a brother Chester Ellsworth Daugherty and his wife Ruth Daugherty; and a niece Susan Daugherty. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Evelyn Etzel Moody, and a brother-in-law, Donald Moody.


The family would like to thank all those who cared for Ray over the years during his declining health.


Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion.  Family and friends will be received just prior to a memorial service to be held on Friday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Millcreek Presbyterian Church in Fisher,  with Pastor Randy Evans, Clarion-Forest VNA Hospice Chaplain, officiating.  Military honors will be accorded at that time by the Funeral Honor Guard of Clarion American Legion Post 66. Interment will be in Fisher Presbyterian Cemetery, Millcreek Township, Clarion County. 


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