Larry Gale Daugherty, age 73, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away July 3, 2010, at 8:40 p.m., at St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City, following an illness of cancer.
Mr. Daugherty was born July 28, 1936, in Ellis, Mo., to Ralph "Hike" Daugherty and Goldie Mae (Green) Daugherty. He received his elementary education in Barton and Vernon County, Mo., schools, graduating from Bronaugh High School in 1954. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force from August 1954 to February 1958, serving overseas assignments at Okinawa and the Philippines with the 12th Fighter Bomber Squadron, including several temporary assignments to Korea and Japan. He was awarded the 12th Fighter Bomber squadron, Airman of the Month in December 1957. Following discharge from the Air Force he attended the Industrial Trade School at Pittsburg Kansas State College, before moving to Kansas City, Mo., in 1959, where he begin employment at the Darby Corporation, Kansas City, Kan., in the manufacturing sector of the Boilermakers trade. In 1970 he transferred to the Boilermakers Field Construction Trade, where he worked for eight years before being appointed assistant business manager, and later elected recording secretary of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local Union No. 83 Kansas City, Mo. He served in this capacity for 18 years before retiring in September 1996. He also served three years as elected trustee of the Local Union and was a member of the Executive Board. Daugherty was characterized as a hard working labor representative who fought hard for the members he represented and his Union in securing higher wages, benefits and working conditions. He seldom missed the opportunity to further his education in Labor Law, associated with grievance, handling arbitration, and collective bargaining, by attending weekend classes on the subjects at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Longview Community College, and classes sponsored by the Union. He was an active Member of Local 83, of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. joining in 1959 and a member of BPO Elks Lodge No. 26, Kansas City, Mo., for 33 years. On Dec. 31, 1961, he married his beloved wife Rita Diane Funk at the Bronaugh Christian Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Peggy Headley of Pittsburg, Kan., Marlene Thomson of Kansas City, Mo., and Sharon Earl of Independence, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; Virginia Daugherty, Patsy Janes, and Clesteele Boyd; and three brothers Ralph Daugherty, Boyd Daugherty and Donald Daugherty and his wife Rita Diane Funk.
Before, and following retirement, Larry and his wife enjoyed doing numerous things together such as attending functions associated with his Union, Elks Lodge, and BPO Does organization. He also enjoyed working in his yard, visiting with friends and relatives and the farm in Vernon County,
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 9, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the funeral home, with Clayton Moore officiating. Internment will follow in Worsley Cemetery, Bronaugh, with Brice Lawson conducting the graveside service.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society of Vernon County, Missouri, 25698 E. Rebel Road, Milo, MO 64767.
Online condolences may be left www.muehlebachchapel.com.