James Timothy “Tim” Daugherty

James Timothy “Tim” Daugherty

January 11, 1947 – October 4, 2020


James Timothy “Tim” Daugherty, of Omaha, peacefully passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 in Omaha with his family by his side.  Tim was an accomplished entrepreneur and pilot who always generously lent time to a variety of civic causes in Nebraska.  Tim had an undeniable warmth, wit and friendliness that left a lasting impression.  His true passion and love was being a devoted husband, father, brother, son and grandson.

Tim and his wife, Linda, were married for nearly 43 years and raised two children together.  Family was his greatest joy.  Their marriage showed incredible strength as Tim battled health problems in recent years.  Health did not stop him from continuing to travel with family, have fun with friends and enjoy his life to the fullest: always with an infectious laugh and a smile.

Tim was born in Omaha and spent his childhood in Valley and Wahoo before graduating from Wahoo High School.  Tim went on to graduate from Hastings College with a degree in Economics before founding Valley Products Corporation (VPC) in Valley.  For 40 years Tim used his incredible ability to create and manufacture specialized electronic and industrial equipment and apply his entrepreneurial spirit to build VPC into a successful business.

Tim was incredibly supportive of the Omaha and greater Nebraska community.  He showed this support through his dedication to serve on a multitude of foundation boards and advisory councils.  He was particularly proud of the work he did on the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation Board, University of Nebraska Foundation Board, Hastings College Board of Trustees and Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Board, to name only a few.

Between this all, Tim found time for his favorite hobby: flying.  Tim achieved his pilot’s license and instrument rating at 18 and continued to own and operate a variety of planes for 40 years for personal and business use.  Tim enjoyed taking his family on trips all over North America and being part of the flying club, Quiet Birdmen.  When not flying, Tim loved spending summers at his cabin on Big Sand Lake in Park Rapids, MN and winters at his home and on his boat (aptly named the “Wahoo”) in Key Largo, FL.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marjorie Daugherty of Omaha; uncle, Paul Kruse of Lincoln; and uncle, Dick Kruse of St. Louis.  Tim is survived by his wife, Linda of Omaha; two children: Ryan Daugherty of New York City, and Rebecca Daugherty of New York City; brother, Dr. F. Joseph Daugherty (Mary) of Omaha; brother, Robert Daugherty (Julie) of Key Largo; aunt, Phyllis Colwell (Tom) of Minneapolis; aunt, Betty Kruse of St. Louis; aunt, Jan Kruse of Lincoln; and uncle, John Kruse (Syd) of Walthill, NE; several nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

A family Funeral Service was held at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, where both Tim and Linda and his parents, Bob and Marge, were married and Tim and Linda were long-time members.  Due to the COVID Pandemic, a Celebration of Life Service will be postponed until friends and family can safely gather.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kountze Commons at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (2665 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68131) or University of Nebraska Foundation to benefit Lewy Body Dementia education and research (1010 Lincoln Mall Suite #300, Lincoln NE 68508). Please note gifts are made “In Memory of Tim Daugherty”.





  • Gary Freeman Posted October 6, 2020 8:38 am

    A truly wonderful person who had such an impact on my life. I will cherish our time together. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you Linda, Rebecca and Ryan.

    Gary Freeman

  • Bill and Evonne Williams Posted October 6, 2020 10:05 am

    Tim was a stand up guy. Lots of veterans got to visit memorials in D.C. because of Tim. Our condolences to Linda and family.

  • Justin C. Osborne Posted October 6, 2020 10:43 am

    We send our sincere condolences and prayers to the Daugherty Family. A wonderful Gentlemen and friend whom my father Jack and I always enjoyed visiting with at Hastings College meetings. God Bless, Justin Osborne & Family

  • Ms. Amy Volk Posted October 6, 2020 11:33 am

    Linda, my deepest sympathy to you and the family at this sad time. Tim was one of the most approachable, kind, thoughtful individuals who served on the University of Nebraska Foundation Board. He cared deeply about the University and the people it serves and we were fortunate to have his time and talent. He will be missed.

  • Cathi and Gene Arnold Posted October 6, 2020 1:14 pm

    Keeping you close in our hearts and prayers, Linda, Ryan and Rebecca!.
    Our deepest Sympathy in this great loss.
    Love, Cathi and Gene Arnold and family

  • Wayne Allison Posted October 6, 2020 1:33 pm

    Miss you Bro.

  • Rev. Bill Nottage-Tacey Posted October 6, 2020 2:34 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you Linda and to the family. Tim was one of those Trustees who had a clear head for the business of the college but also for its vision and history. My appreciation was along “spiritual” lines because our conversations revealed a man of deep and genuine faith but without any pious stodginess. Clearly he understood the experience of joy and delight. We need many more people like him in the world. His passing is a real loss. May the Holy Spirit bring you and your family comfort and consolation. Blessings.

  • Tom and Dania Schleff Posted October 6, 2020 4:03 pm

    Our condolences to Linda, Rebecca and Ryan. We have great memories of Tim on the side lines of the soccer games. And his generosity and sense of humor will be remembered. The time Tim flew us down to North Carolina for the NCAA women’s cup was a gray example of his kind heart. Truly a great guy.

  • Tom and Danika Schleff Posted October 6, 2020 4:11 pm

    Our condolences to Linda, Rabelais and Ryan. We have some great memories of Tim on the side lines of the soccer games. He had a great sense of humor and was very generous. The time he flew us down to. North Carolina for the NCAA soccer tournament was an example of his generosity. It was obvious he loved to fly.

  • Susan E Andrews Posted October 6, 2020 4:18 pm

    Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • MICHAEL MOODY Posted October 6, 2020 7:11 pm

    It was my privilege to serve on the Hastings College board with Tim for several years. I admired him for his commitment, integrity and loyalty, among many other things. For me, he was a model of what a trustee ought to be. He will be much missed. My sincere sympathy to all of his friends and family.

    Most sincerely,

    Michael E. Moody

  • Don Jackson Posted October 6, 2020 10:57 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Linda, Ryan and Rebecca. Tim was my Hastings College classmate, a fellow trustee, and my friend. I will always cherish the time we shared together and our many conversations. May the love that he shared with each of you carry you through this time of deep loss and transition.

  • Joe and Mary Kay McQuillan Posted October 7, 2020 10:39 am

    Linda, Rebecca and Ryan, we want to send our sympathy and love. So many soccer memories as well as dinners together. Regret we have not gotten together in years. What a wonderful dad and husband! We are thinking of you and sending our prayers.

  • Frank McGree Posted October 7, 2020 12:00 pm

    I offer my condolences Linda, Ryan and Rebecca. Tim was the perfect leader as Chairman of the Board at Goodwill Industries during a time of significant change in the early 1990’s. I enjoyed working with him and I’ll miss him as a friend.

  • sherry preusse Posted October 13, 2020 5:41 pm

    Tim truly was a gentle soul and gentleman. His family was strong and so so caring during his illness. We will miss your smile . Our deepest sympathy.

  • SALLY REIMAN Posted November 4, 2020 7:45 pm

    May happy memories fill your hearts at this especially difficult time. The Saggau’s loved getting together with the Daughertys when we were all on Big Sand Lake! Sally Saggau Reiman

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