SMSGT Kevin Francis Daugherty, 69, of Miami County, went to be with Jesus at 1705 on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
Kevin was born on October 11, 1951 in Tucson, Arizona to the late Francis and Leona Daugherty. In 1971 he graduated from Maconaquah High School, joined the military, and married Judy Marie Rayls on October 9. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1994. During his 23 years of service, he was stationed at Grand Forks, ND, South Korea, Wurtsmith, MI, Lakenheath, England, K.I. Sawyer, MI and Pope, NC. SMSGT Daugherty loved his country and loyally served it with excellence.
After retiring from the Air Force, he was employed at Chrysler in Kokomo from 1995 to 2007. At Chrysler he worked in production and as a tool and die machine repairman. His creativity and experience in trouble shooting helped him fix many things.
Kevin, a member of Zion Chapel Church, faithfully served the Lord through the church visitation and his pie ministry. Wherever there was a need in the church, Kevin was willing to help.
He will be missed by many close family members and friends from all over the world. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to stop his plans to help anyone in need be it family, friends, or strangers. Kevin was known for his delicious pies, beautiful cakes, Hawaiian shirts, and love for planes and birds. He loved Christmas, especially being Santa to all. He especially loved his family! We will miss your bear hugs, your sparkling eyes, and all you did for us.
Kevin's three siblings: Crystal Johns, Lynell Dials, and Bradley Daugherty have preceded him in death. His wife Judy Marie Daugherty passed recently on August 14, 2021.
He is survived by his sister Betty Jo and her husband Timothy King, along with his brother-in-law Gary Dials. His daughter Melinda and husband Andrew Bird, daughter Bonnie Sue and husband Don Bales and son Francis and wife Paula Daugherty. He also has nine grandchildren Faith, Franklin, Ellie, Ivan, Hope, Charity, Emmeline, Sullivan and Nehemiah. Also, surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4pm – 7pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana. Funeral will be held at 3pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Zion Chapel Church in Peru, with Pastor Rod Correll officiating. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery in Bunker Hill, IN. Military service will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Team.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Chapel Missions and the Miami County Military Rites Team.
Due to COVID-19, we are requesting that only family members attend the service at Zion Chapel Church. However, you may view the service online at www.peruzc.org/media. Click on live stream. Livestream will begin at 3pm. It can also be viewed on Facebook by going to Zion Church Facebook page.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. The family would love to hear how Kevin's life has impacted you. Please sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.
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