Charles Conrad “Chuck” Dougherty, 73, of Crawfordsville, formerly of Hastings, Minnesota, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at home, after a battle with AML (acute myeloid leukemia).

Chuck was born June 30, 1946, at Grand Coulee, Washington, to Delia and Clinton Dougherty. After the loss of his parents, Chuck moved to Robbinsdale, Minnesotra, to live with his aunt and uncle, Marion and Fred Britton. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1965.

Chuck married Rosemary (Rie) Marthaleron Nov. 28, 1969, at Coates, Minnesota.

They resided in Hastings, Minnesota, until 2016, when they relocated to Crawfordsville to be near their daughter and her family.

Chuck will be remembered for his love of life and his ability to make us laugh. He never lost his sense of humor. Chuck never let life’s circumstances steal his joy or define who he was and he never met a stranger. Chuck loved his family and friends well.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, video games, collecting Roy Rogers memorabilia and sharing his passion for music and movies through UPChuck Studios. He loved cars, both old and new. In his earlier years he worked as an auto body repairman and more recently he drove vehicles for two local car dealerships.

Chuck will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 50 years, Rosemary; his daughter, Carly (David) Bowers; his grandchildren, Samantha (Rudy) Pesich and Nathan (Kaitlyn) Bowers; and his great-granddaughter, Harper Pesich who adored her Bepaw. Also surviving are his siblings, Sandi Search, Keith (Carmen) Britton, Todd (Beth) Britton and Holly Britton. Chuck will also be missed by many other family members and friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Delia Dougherty and Fred and Marion Britton; by his siblings, Myrla Pierce and Mark Brittonl and by his lifelong hero, king of the cowboys, Roy Rogers.

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 at Hunt and Son Funeral Home, 107 N. Grant St., Crawfordsville. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with a short memorial service starting at 7 p.m.

There will also be a celebration of Chuck’s life for his friends and family in Minnesota held 2-5 p.m. Nov. 2 at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion St., Hastings, Minnesota. 

Burial will be at the Wilbur Cemetery in Washington at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck’s memory can be made to Wind River Ministries (windriverranch.com or 5770 Highway 7, Estes Park, CO 80517) or the Boone County Cancer Society (boonecountycancersociety.org or 117 W. Elm St., Lebanon IN 46052). Please designate that your gift is a memorial gift for Chuck Dougherty.

Online condolences may be made at www.huntandson.com.

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