Allan Doherty

March 31, 1940
December 27, 2022

Allan Leland Doherty, 82, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 27, 2022, after a long-term battle with congestive heart failure. He was born March 31, 1940, to the late Elmer and Christine (Van Lanen) Doherty.

Allan was the youngest of 8 children and was raised with his siblings on the family farm in West De Pere by his oldest brother Lee after the deaths of his parents. The Doherty Family was close knit because they knew they were fortunate to stay together.

Allan graduated from St. Boniface Catholic Grade School and West De Pere High School in 1958 where he excelled in football and basketball.  Allan continued to enjoy playing recreational baseball and basketball after graduation. On June 17, 1961, he married Joan Frances Vickman at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Joan preceded him in death on July 27, 2013. Allan worked for Diana Manufacturing and retired from Nicolet Paper in 2000.

Allan enjoyed any sport especially swimming, biking, fishing, walking, camping, and canoeing. Allan loved the water, the outdoors, and being active. Allan had many sayings and quips.  If you said you didn’t feel good “Big Al’s” response would be “You’re not getting enough exercise”.  He thought fresh air and exercise was the best medicine.  Even in the middle of winter in his late 70’s Allan would be seen walking all over the east side of Green Bay.

Allan wasn’t much of a craftsman, but he put together a homemade high jump in the back yard to entertain his children and their friends. Al taught anyone who was willing how to make a lay-up or shoot a basketball. Allan was a humble man who took pleasure in the simple things like moving the living room furniture so the kids could take turns standing on their heads and compete to determine who could do the most pushups, sit ups or complete the best somersault. The Doherty Family had a jukebox in the basement where they played ping pong and pool and always had a good time.

Allan didn’t have much heart for discipline. We think he sent his kids to Catholic grade school hoping they could do something with them. Allan did more listening than talking, followed the Golden Rule, was kind, loyal, empathetic, and supportive.

Family was everything to Allan and he continued the tradition of attending The Annual Doherty Family Reunion every summer.  Allan was proud of his Irish Catholic heritage and in 2013 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing Ireland with his daughters and granddaughter.

Allan enjoyed road trips to Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, travelling with Joan on cruises and going to Hawaii.  After Joan’s death Allan continued to travel with the kids going to Cozumel, Bahamas, California and Washington D.C.

Allan was passionate about World and US History, Sports, and the Olympics.  Allan enjoyed Professional, College, High School football and basketball.  Al was a life-long Brewer, Packer, Badger fan but a bigger fan of watching his grandchildren play sports.

Allan is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Steve) Prevost, Patrick (Janet) Doherty, Ann  Nejedlo, Catherine (James) Duquaine, Thomas (Donna) Doherty, Christine (Jim Lotter) Doherty; 14 grandchildren, Stephanie Prevost , Chad (Devon) Prevost , Nathan Prevost, Kaila (Zach) LaBonte, Evan Doherty, Scott Nejedlo, Sarah Nejedlo, Ryan Duquaine, Kayla (Doug) McElrone, Cassandra (Dylan) Eggert, Matthew (fiancé Kasia Krajewski) Doherty, Samuel Doherty, Erika (Benson) Irabor, and Jacob Bader; great-grandchildren; Harper and Cooper LaBonte, Skye and Grace Marek, Mya and Ava Nejedlo, Aubrie, Raya, Anthony, and Elle McElrone, Anthony and Luella Eggert, and Odion Irabor; a sister, Donna Mae Buechler; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeannie (Steve) Heyrman, Steve (Patty) Vickman, Francis (Darci) Vickman, Shirley Vickman; many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild, Renee Prevost; brothers, Lyle, Lee (Rita), Leonard (Phyllis), Dean (Margaret and Betty) and Dave (Margaret) Doherty, a sister, Alma (Kenneth) Hilbert; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Francis and Agnes Vickman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janet Bersch, Daniel Vickman, and Ronald Buechler.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday, December 31st at St. Bernard Catholic Church.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Mark VanderSteeg officiating.  Burial will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. To send online condolences visit

A special thank you to Dr. Mark Riedy and the Aurora Baycare staff for their kind compassionate care to Dad and our Family.


December 31, 2022
9:30 to 10:50 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church [map]
Funeral Mass
December 31, 2022
11:00 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church [map]