Robert "Bob" J. Doherty

Birth: April 8th, 1922
Death: September 16th, 2018
Age: 96 years

DOHERTY, Robert “Bob” – of Clio, age 96, passed away, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Cranberry Assisted Living in Clio. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Robert at 11AM, Friday, September 21, 2018 at Ss. Charles and Helen Catholic Church. Father Ken Coughlin officiating. Burial will follow Saturday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday from 2PM until 8PM and on Friday at the church from 10AM until the time of Mass at 11AM. A rosary will be prayed 7PM Thursday evening at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ss. Charles and Helena Catholic Church or Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey Society.

Bob was born April 8, 1922 on a farm in Burnside Township in Lapeer County to the late Phillip and Mary (Stein) Doherty. He attended Burnside elementary school and graduated from Marlette High in 1939. Bob was active with the 4-H Club as well as Future Farmers of America, having won many awards. He enrolled into Michigan State University in 1947 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1950. Bob married Rose Manfredo in Detroit on September 4, 1948. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1974. He then married Mary Ann Strzelec on August 2, 1975. Bob worked with John Deere as a co-op trainee in the summer of 1949. He moved to Hillsdale, Michigan in 1950 where he worked with the sales and service field personnel. Bob was proud to help contribute to building a new Catholic Elementary School. In 1957, Bob was appointed Service Manager of the John Deere Lansing Branch. He guided service support for John Deere in that area. Bob enjoyed working with dealer’s technicians to help develop their potential. While he was in Lansing, Bob was involved in the building on two new Catholic High Schools.

In September 1964, Bob was asked to be the Service Manager of John Deere’s largest Sales Branch in Moline, Illinois. Bob was still working with the dealer’s technicians. He conducted training and instruction sessions to improve their ability to service the larger machines. Bob was also an organizer and an innovator. He was continually improving and upgrading training methods and material. In October 1969, he was promoted to Manager of the Service Agriculture Division of Deere & Company, covering the United States and Canada. With his organizational and innovative skill, he developed the Corporate Service Organization. Bob implied new methods, new training systems, and a new service management training system. Bob was well recognized in the industry for his skills in development of service training, service administration, and warranty procedures. He retired from John Deere on June 1, 1982. Bob was a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and on the church counsel when Christ the King Catholic Church was built in Moline, Illinois. He was also the co-chairman of the fund drive to build the church rectory. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and wood working.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; Sons: Gregory (Lucinda) Doherty of South Carolina and Jeffrey (Patricia) Doherty of Missouri; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; Sister, Cecelia Lambert of Marlette; Special niece, Patricia (Leonard) Zak of Birch Run, and many other dear nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his four brothers and three sisters. Please sign our guestbook or share an online condolence with the family at

O’Guinn Family Funeral Home
Clio Chapel

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