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William  E.  Doughty, Jr.
  • Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
    3000 Monroe NW
    Grand Rapids, MI

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“Dad, You've been gone almost 7 months now. I miss you more everyday. You were always my guidance and my rock. Thank you for the memories that you...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sarah LeForte - Powell, TN

“very sorry to hear of your loss. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: emily 'emmi' westbrook - MI

“Our deepest sympathy to all of the family ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Richard & Phyllis Venema - Grant, MI

“will always remember all the fun times at rogers deer hunting shack we had. they were the best of times for all of us ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: larry vanbennekom - grand rapids, MI

“I have so many memories of you, Uncle Billy, from when I was a kid. You were always happy and laughing and goofing around with us. Good memories,...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Christine Marté - Cypress, TX

“Uncle Billy, As I settle in to my new house I found lots of back yard friends. I have two little squirrels that are constantly hanging out in my...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Erin Doughty - Wyoming, MI

“Just a few words...He was not often seen, but when I was able to share some moments with him as well as spending my childhood moments with his...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Denise Moreno-Bachert - MI

“We Love You Bill and will miss you very much. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Roger Van Bennekom - Greenville, MI

“I have a picture of 2 year old Ethan and a rag, washing Grandpa Bill's red escort because Beepa Bill was going to wash it and he wanted to help. You...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Tammi Graham - GRAND RAPIDS, MI

“Remembering all the good times we have had together. You will be sorely missed and thought of often at deer camp this year.always looked forward to...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Diana and Daniel DeKorte - MI

“I have waited on Bill for many years, he always had a smile. I never knew his name or that I was waiting on his brother or neices also. He had a...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Roz Nicholson - DORR, MI - friend

At Grandma's 90th Birthday celebration “Rest in Peace Uncle Billy. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Cynthia Doughty Ross - Visalia, CA

“I will never forget your beautiful smile and your awesome blue eyes..part of my heart went with you when you left. Ron and I loved you so much and we...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: nancy smith

“R.I.P. Uncle Billy, I will never forget the awesome sense of humor you brought with you where ever you went. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Derek Doughty - Jenison, MI

“Rest in peace Uncle Billy! You will be missed!! ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Tracey Doughty Mann - MI - Niece


DOUGHTY- William E.Doughty Jr. of Wyoming passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
William proudly served in the United States Army as a drill instructor during the Vietnam War.

William was preceded in death by his father, William Sr.; his brother in law, David Retter and his beloved dog, Max.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Lana; his children, Jennifer Gust (Bob Smiddy), Christine (Shawn) Sage, William III(Kelly) Doughty, Sarah LeForte, Tiffany (Bob) Kern and his mother, Eleanor Doughty. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Joshua (Staci) Doughty, Jacob, Nicholas & Valarie Gust, Hannah & Cheyenne Sage, William IV & Ciera Doughty, Tyler Kempenaar, Christopher Brecker, A'bricia Matthews, Kaitlyn & Isabella Kern, Ethan Graham and Cameron Nygaard; his great grandchild, Elijah Doughty; his brothers, John (Darlein) Doughty and Frank (Teri) Doughty; his sisters, Nancy (Ron) Smith, Bette Retter, Debbie (Mike) Sytsma and Patti (Jon) Jasinski and many nieces and nephews.

Bill had a great love for the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had an affinity for squirrels and could often be seen on his deck with a squirrel sitting on his shoulder eating a peanut. Bill was a longtime employee of Michigan Bumper, working as a HiLo operator. Dad's favorite refrain of the past year was "I'm not ready to go yet, I still have so many people to piss off"

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be at noon on Thursday, June 20 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 pm at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave., Wyoming.
Please share a memory or photo and sign the family's online guest book at www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. . Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.