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July 16, 1947 – Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 2, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.


William Michael “Billy” Doherty, 68 of Waverly, MN, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 after a 2 1/2 year courageous battle with Esophageal Cancer.

William M. Doherty was born July 16, 1947 to Francis “Babe” Doherty and Elnor Vivian Eggergluss in Buffalo, MN.

William “Billy” Doherty grew up and lived in Buffalo, MN most of his life. Bill graduated from Buffalo High School in 1965. He then served in the U.S. Army Air 19th Aviation BTN from 1965 – 1969.
In 1969, Bill began his career in Concrete Construction with Minnesota State Curb and Gutter for 25 years and then for the last 20 years before retiring he worked for North Country Concrete Inc.
On April 10, 1996 Bill married his high school sweetheart, Karen Nelson.

Bill’s spare time was spent with summers at Mille Lac’s Lake where he owned a lake area place with his wife, Karen. Bill’s brother-in-law and sister, Tom and Cathy Jorgenson, were also at Mille Lac’s and they did lots of fishing together and traveling. Bill, with his wife, loved to travel which entailed cruises, flying, but mostly driving to see the country and stop at garage sales. Bill loved the outdoors and truly enjoyed woodworking. Bill was a member of the American Legion.

Bill had three grandchildren Jessica, Emily and Ava which he loved so much. He always had time to play, go tubing, fish, take in parades, and have a listening ear if they needed it.

Bill is survived by his wife, Karen Doherty; father, Francis “Babe” Doherty; sister, Cathy (Tom) Jorgenson; sister, Judy (Jeff) Schwietering; stepson, Jesse (Melynda) Watson; grandchildren, Jessica, Emily and Ava; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elnor Doherty.

Funeral services for William will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior to Mass at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN.

Serving the family is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 763-682-1363.

18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jim and Nancy LaFave

    Karen and family; We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  2. Alvin & Linda Bodin

    Karen – We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a pleasure to know. Al will miss his long talks with Bill at the office. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time.

  3. Del Haag

    I’ve always enjoyed conversations with Bill. His “smile” always seemed to brighten up the place. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. Alvin & Linda Bodin

    Karen – We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a pleasure to know. Al will miss his long talks with Bill at the office. Our deepest sympathy.

  5. John Yanta

    To the Doherty family; So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy. May he rest in peace.

  6. Dianne (kottke) Griffith

    Karen and the family; I am so sorry for Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s been good seeing him at class reunions through the years. I have another family funeral same day, otherwise I would be there to pay my respect.

  7. Jeannie & Dave Dixon

    Dear Doherty family;
    We are so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. We have so many fond memories of the Bonstrom/Doherty family gatherings and neighborhood picnics. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. Dave & Jeannie Dixon.

  8. Kay Watson

    My prayers are with the family.

  9. Smokey Perisian

    So sorry to hear about Bill.

  10. Ed and Denise Owens

    Bill, We will miss you so much. We had a lot laughs and great times. God has another great Angel looking down and taking care of us. We love you and your family. We love you so much Bill.

  11. Andrea Colleran

    Bill will be greatly missed. Love & strength to Karen and family!

  12. Jake and Kathy Shetka

    We are saddened by the loss of Bill, thoughts and prayers for Karen and Bill’s family. We will miss our visits with him and Karen up at Mille Lacs and Wahkon. He was truly a great guy.

  13. Lloyd and Rena Westphal

    Karen and Family; May God hold you close and you can know He has hold of Bill also. I’ll see you on Saturday!

  14. Angie Fischer

    Karen and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Although it’s been years since I’d seen you all, the memories are fresh and the smiles many when I think of you all. Thinking of you and your family, prayers and peace.

  15. gary and kay weisbrich

    To my Uncle Francis, Judy, Kathy and families; We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Billy, and we are unable to be at his funeral. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God’s Blessings to all of you. Your cousin, Kay and Gary Weisbrich (Fobbe)

  16. John Holthaus

    Very sorry for your loss.

  17. Wayne Varner

    The Doherty Family – I had many great childhood memories growing up with Bill between playing “work-up” in the street and fishing the local lakes. He caught fish when they weren’t biting for anyone else! May he rest in peace.

  18. Lawrence Johnson

    Dear Cathy and Judy:

    I recently saw Bill’s obituary. I realize it is now long passed but I want you to accept my love and good wishes. Thank you again for joining me to mark Eloise’s death.
    Bill was thoughtful, caring and a wonderful part of our neighborhood and growing up. I was delighted to see that he enjoyed so many years with Karen.
    You are often in my thoughts.


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