Martin Joseph Doherty

Martin Joseph Doherty, age 81, died Monday, April 1, 2024 at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy, Illinois. He was born on July 11, 1942, the eldest child of William J. and Mary Virginia (Wall) Doherty. Martin was a lifelong resident of Chicago, Illinois and a proud Cubs fan. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (Class of 1960), where he won the National Latin Competition in his senior year.

Following service in the US Army, Martin completed undergraduate and postgraduate work at Loyola University in Chicago. He later worked as an occupational statistician with the Social Security Administration. Following his retirement, he moved to the Illinois Veterans’ Home. At the Veterans’ Home, Martin was a supporter of the Right to Life Organization and the Quincy TV Club. His Catholic faith was important to Martin and he regularly prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.

Martin was a keen bridge player and avid reader, and his dry wit livened up many a family event. His collections of classic movies and music brought hours of joy to himself and to others.

Martin is survived by siblings Edward (Tonya Reynolds) Doherty, John (Lynn) Doherty, Mary Catherine (James) Meek, as well as by nieces Lisa Spanuello Freese, Katie (George) Rahman, Jill (Dave) Hassen, Maggie Spanuello, Bryse Doherty, Megan (James) Kane, Amy (David) Doherty Tapke, Colleen (James Weber) Doherty and nephews Scott (Jeannine) Doherty, Dan Doherty, and Nicholas Spanuello, and many loving grandnieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his nephew Glen Doherty.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 with a 9:30 am Mass of Christian Burial at the All Faiths Chapel of the Illinois Veterans’ Home. Inurnment will take place at Sunset Cemetery at the Illinois Veterans’ home with military honors conducted at the cemetery. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Sue douglas on April 20, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Martin, you were certainly a bright spit in my day when I worked.
    I can still see that boyish smile. You will be missed but you will be remembered.

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