John Louis Doheny was born on June 16, 1948 in Great Falls Montana to Darrell & Elsie (Cunningham) Doheny.
He and his 4 siblings were raised on their family farm east of Brady, MT.
John loved farm life, and there were few things he loved more than smelling the freshly turned earth in the springtime as the seagulls followed the tractor.
As the main combine operator there was nothing better than a bumper crop in the fall, as he had particularly noted in 1989 “Best Harvest Ever!”
Around the age of 4 his dad became wheelchair bound. However, his mom was determined to continue operating the farm. This resulted in him learning very early on how to operate farm equipment, take it apart, and put it back together again.
He told many stories about those days, one about him driving the farm truck at such a young age that when he stepped on the clutch he couldn’t see over the dash.
Some of his fondest memories of those years were picnics on the Teton river with family members, Farmers Union Camp, and when his courageous widowed mom took her children to the Seattle world's fair in 1962.
He married shortly out of high school and had two beloved children, Jodi Renee and Brian Ross. After graduating Denver Automotive School, they returned to the Conrad area where Brian was born.
Shortly after, he began to operate the family farm with his brother Tom.
In 1976 John married Pam Weisgram together they welcomed 3 beautiful daughters Kristina Marie, Michelle Ann and Angela Lane. They would have been married 47 years in November.
For 16 years they enjoyed life on the farm. Then the family moved to the Flathead Valley. There he enjoyed a new kind of scenery. Mountains and pine trees were almost as beautiful to him as wheat fields and big skies.
John enjoyed construction and went back to school in 1999 to become a construction cost estimator. From there he estimated many beautiful homes in the Sun Valley area and retired to his beloved Montana in 2011.
John had a great love of music. His parents both played instruments and his mom sang, their home always filled with music. He also enjoyed being in the school choir and playing in the school band. He enjoyed trying several instruments over the years. He had a large collection of music- Classical, Kingdom Melodies, Blues, Cowboy songs, Country, Rock n Roll, and of course the Beatles were a favorite.
Losing both parents at such a young age had a powerful impact on John for the rest of his life. He wished he could have known his father better and of course he missed out on so many experiences that many of us enjoy in our lives with our own parents. So when he began to learn from the Bible that he could be reunited with his parents on a paradise Earth (living the life just like Adam and Eve could have had) he wanted to learn more.
In 1990 he was baptized as one of Jehovah's witnesses. and until his last breath he was faithful to his creator Jehovah.
He was active in many phases of his worship. He enjoyed construction and so naturally he was involved in the building of Kingdom Halls in the United States and Canada. He was a patient and thorough person, so he excelled at finish-carpentry on those projects. He was honored to help minister within the congregation as a servant for several years, until his health prevented it. He always loved the older ones and considered many of them as spiritual parents. He had more than one spiritual child, in particular, Sarena Manz, who was there with him when he fell asleep in death.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, father in Law Laverne Weisgram, and his older brother, David Doheny.
He is survived by his wife Pam, his beloved children. Jodi (Gail) James, Brian (Krystal) Doheny, Kristina (Shawn) Smith, Michelle Doheny, and Angela (Sean) Sirois. Grandchildren Dylan and Ryan James, Jordan Barnes, Shay, Ashlyn, and Gabe Doheny, Logan, Tannor, and Jessa Smith, Skylar and Dana Steichen, and Killian and Scarlett Sirois. Mother in Law Doris Weisgram. His three siblings Marge Sprague, Kathleen Allen and Tom Doheny as well as Jodi and Brian’s mother, Diane Smith. He looked forward to becoming a great grandfather this summer to Jordan Barnes' baby girl.
Even though he had been away from the farm for many years, he never stopped planting and cultivating beautiful landscapes. He cherished God's promises, one being, "The meek will inherit the earth"
He will not be forgotten.
A service with a video link will be at 1:00 on May 27th at the Kingdom Hall, 5590 Jackrabbit Lane, Belgrade, Mt.
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