Paul L Doherty Monday, April 2, 1923 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

Paul L. Doherty, 94, of Highland, Indiana passed peacefully into Heaven at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Munster Community Hospital. Born April 2, 1923, in Rockford; son of Leon and Anna Elizabeth (VonDerVellen) Doherty. Paul, a native of Rockford, IL, 1941 graduate of Rockford West High School, and member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church where he served as usher, hymn leader, and Eucharistic Minister. He served in the US Army Air Corp in Bari, Italy during WWII. On Sept. 11, 1948, he married his loving wife, the late Mary Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Burns. With Illinois Bell Telephone for 35 years, serving as District Manager, 12 years as the Clerk-Treasurer of Highland and 12 years as the Vice-President of Business Development for First Financial Bank. Generous with his time and eager to serve; member of the American Legion Post #16, VFW Post 1109, Chamber of Commerce in Highland, Town Trustee 8 years, Town President 4 years, Volunteer Fireman, Highland Water Board, Lake Area United Way Executive Board, Chairman Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, State President of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, President Catholic Charities Board of Lake County, IN, Chairman of the Divisional Board and Finance Committee of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Dyer, IN, recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Board member of: Bishop Noll Institute Foundation, The Arc Northwest IN, Salvation Army, Respite Care Services, Greater Hammond Community Food Services plus many other charitable and civic organizations. Paul will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. His work for the many charitable causes and noteworthy organizations were all part of Paul’s strong desire to be a public servant. Many will remember his Veterans Day speeches and his singing at Hartsfield Village, Community Hospital, and at WJOB on St. Patrick’s Day. He is survived by his children, Paul (Kathleen) Doherty and Peter (Beverly) Doherty of Schererville, Philip (Cynthia) Doherty of Elmhurst, Beth (Richard) Courtright of Highland, Jean (Brian) Rycerz of Schererville, John (Janet) Doherty of Sugar Grove. Grandchildren: Peter (Melissa) Doherty, Colleen (David) Moerlein, Michael (Bess) Doherty, JoAnna and Matthew Doherty, Rachel (Keith) Webster. Joseph and Patrick Rycerz, Maguire, Hannah and Shane Doherty. Great-grandfather of Gabriel and Kate Webster, Conor and Reagan Doherty, and Sierra Moerlein. Siblings: Marjorie Bengston of Rockford, Betty (J.O.) Kopplin of Colorado, Kathleen (James) North of Rockford, Marilyn Wolfe of Rockford, Harry (Charlene) Doherty of Rockford, Michael (Margaret Knoup) Doherty of Rockford. Sisters-in-law, June Doherty of Rockford, Sr. Jeanne Burns of Adrian, MI, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Patrick and Larry Doherty; sister Eleanor, sisters-in-law, Lois and Carol Doherty; brothers-in-law, Cliff Bengston, Bill Dutmer, Ron Wolfe, and Jerry Johnson. Paul’s family would like to thank the staff members at Hartsfield and special friends Dominic and Joann Noce, Jim Van Prooyen, and Rena Gregory. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 4:30 pm, Thursday, August 3, 2017, Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave. (Indianapolis Blvd.) St. John, IN. 219-365-2674. Family and friends will celebrate his life with a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Highland, IN, 3025 Highway Ave. The Most Rev. Timothy Doherty, Bishop of Lafayette, officiating with Msgr. Joseph Semancik and Rev. Edward Moszur. Visitation at the church will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow immediately to Calumet Cemetery. Paul donated to many charities. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Catholic Charities.

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Our last visit with Paul was at Albanese Candy in Merrillville - he said he just had to have a taste of good chocolate to make the day completely wonderful. May God be with your family during this time of loss - and remember to add a bit of good chocolate to your day!

When we talk about people that influence our lives, Mr. Doherty inspired and mentored many.  He made a difference in my life from my first job keeping the grounds up at the old Highland Police Station.  He was a man that represented and taught life lessons of respect, kindness, due diligence and spirituality. Most recently, Paul was an inspiration to our family with his visits to Hartsfield during my Dad's illness and encouraging phone calls after his passing in April.  I had the opportunity to visit Paul during his stay at Hartsfield just a few weeks ago. His drive and outlook were sharp and determined as he always was.  God Bless the Doherty Family in their time of grief and may he rest in peace.                    Ron Weldon, St. Louis, MO


Our condolences to Pete, Phil and all the Doherty family.  He was a generous and admirable man.  The world has too few like him.

Great man. Condolences to family.

My condolences to the Doherty family.  Paul always had a smile and I would enjoy seeing him at many Chamber events.  You were a wonderful and charitable person.  May you Rest In Peace.

God Bless

Our condolences to the Doherty family. He will be fondly remembered. Neighbor since childhood.

I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing.  He was always ready with a beaming smile and a firm handshake when I greeted him as "Mr. Mayor" because, to me, he was all the best Highland had to offer.  I'll fondly remember my many contacts with him, especially the moment he administered my oath to perform my duties as a Highland Police Officer.  He was a true gentleman and the shining star of Highland.  Rest In Peace Mr. Doherty.  Your life was well lived.   

Thank you for being the inspiration you were...and are. Words cannot express my feelings.

I'm so happy to have known Paul well enough to call him my friend.  This is a man who will truly be missed by many, many people - near and far.

I was shocked to hear you had left us to see you lovely wife . It is heavens gain and our loss here on earth. I will always remember waiting on St Patriics Day to hear you sing your songs on my way to work.It would always put me in a good mood.  You are loved by all that knows you. I can only imagine how many people that you have touched with  just knowing you .  Have fun and enjoy your reunion with your wife.   sincerly

What a loss for Highland. Paul was always the Mayor of Highland to me. I will miss you lots and lots Paul. Peace be with you. You will always be Mr Highland to me.