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James E. Daugherty

July 2, 1924 February 10, 2015
James E. Daugherty
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James E. Daugherty July 2, 1924 – Feb. 10, 2015 James E. Daugherty, 90, of Brookings, passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on February 10, 2015. He was born in Milburn, Okla. on July 2, 1924, the third of four boys to John Campbell and Rosa Anna (Mays) Daugherty. He served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII where his service as a gunner aboard the “Jamaica Ginger”, a B-17 bomber, earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven Oak Leaf Clusters. Following his military service, James returned to the US and earned his teaching degree from Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Tex. On August 23, 1952, he married Margaret June Heidel in Alpine. They moved to Rogue River, Ore. where James taught school from 1960 to 1976. They also owned a small farm which they sold at retirement and moved to Brookings where James pursued his hobby of fishing. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his children, Jesse W. Daugherty of Medford, Ore., Karen Holland and her husband, Dale, II, of Ione, Ore., Kathleen Ledezma and her husband, Jesus of Brookings, Ore., grandchildren, Barbara June Holland of Minot, North Dakota, Stephanie Kay Holland, also of Minot, Thomas Holland of Klamath Falls, Ore., Jennifer Wears of Medford, Ore., Jeremy Wears of Central Point, Ore., great grandchildren, Aiden, Eli, Anthony and Bentley; brother, George Daugherty of San Antonio, Texas. James was preceded in death by his wife, a son, John Fred Daugherty, and brothers, Cecil Daugherty and JC Daugherty (MIA in North Korea). He was interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery at Eagle Point, Oregon with full military honors and the playing of taps. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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