Richard "Rick" Edward Daugherty

October 25, 1953 ~ February 9, 2021 (age 67)


Richard “Rick” Edward Daugherty, 67, of Jeffersonville, Indiana passed away on February 9, 2021 at home with his loving wife by his side after a short battle with cancer.

Friends far and wide describe Rick as “one of the good ones,” and he truly was. He was gentle and kind with a heart of gold. He was adventurous, funny, and viewed life through a lens of creativity.  Always a patient teacher, Rick loved to share his passions with others. A wise adviser, he was never too busy to lend an empathetic ear to anyone in need.

Rick graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 1976. He subsequently spent several years at various advertising agencies in Louisville, Kentucky until settling into a 25 year career at Pizza Today Magazine as Creative Director and Photographer. Rick’s career allowed him to travel to pizzerias around the country until he retired in 2019. He was a pizza aficionado himself, so it was oddly appropriate that he passed away on National Pizza Day.

Rick didn't just dabble in hobbies. He mastered all of them with brilliance. A music lover, he played the guitar and piano by ear. He enjoyed quiet evenings at home with his wife finding the next good Netflix series or movie to watch; spending sunny afternoons teaching his grandson to fly RC planes; gourmet cooking; crafting bonsai trees; cycling and restoring old bikes to give to kids; volunteering with Bluegrass Pug Rescue; and his final endeavor learning to make beautiful pottery by hand. He loved Twinkies and Dr. Pepper and peanut butter milkshakes, but he also delighted in having a fine steak or an exotic sushi tower. Above all else he loved his family: wife, daughters, grandkids, father, and brother.

Rick was born on October 25, 1953 at Fort Benning, Georgia and grew up an army brat with his brother Jerry to parents Corynne "Connie" and Gilbert "Gil" Daugherty. He was predeceased by his mother, and is survived by his brother and father, all of whom he loved dearly.

Rick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sue Daugherty, who was by his side until his last breath. Their beloved pug, Sammy (The Bub), was nestled next to him.

He was a proud Girl Dad to two daughters and one step-daughter: Amanda (Gary) Kinnaird of Jeffersonville, Indiana; Erin (Michael David) Brack of Niceville, Florida; and Alice Howard of Jeffersonville, Indiana. For the last 22 years he was “Grandpa Rick,” the coolest Grandpa on earth, to four adored grandchildren: Dayna K Kinnaird, 22; Michael Ayden Brack, 15; Ashlynn Kay Brack, 12; and Skylar Eve Fulks, 11.

Rick taught his daughters and grandkids to love people for who they are, not for what they look like, for who they love, or for where they're from. He believed growing up was overrated and advised them to stay young at heart and have childlike fun no matter their age. We invite you to join us in committing to carry on this part of who he was so that through you, his life will continue to make the world a little brighter, the way it did ours.

Due to Covid-19 and Rick’s wishes, only a private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to express sympathy may do so by sending donations to Bluegrass Pug Rescue:
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