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John Michael Dolan

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GREAT FALLS - Our loving brother, uncle and friend left this world to join God, his parents and siblings on July 5, 2009, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls.

John Michael Dolan was born to John and Virginia Dolan, along with his twin brother Pat, on Jan. 2, 1948, in Helena.

Because he was so tiny and couldn't keep down milk, his doctor said he wouldn't live, but his mother refused to let him die, so she took him home and "incubated" him in a shoebox in the oven. It worked! He grew into a loving, kind man who would do anything for anyone. Call him day or night, and he was there to fix anything, even if he hardly knew you. His cars and house could fall down around him, but he would drop everything to come to the help of friends and family. Everyone who knew him left with a part of his generosity.

Mike attended Catholic Central High School, graduating in 1966. He attended the University of Montana and Northern Montana College. He was retired from the National Guard and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Mike is survived by his brothers, Phillip and Pat (Shelley) Dolan; nephews, Chase and Nathan (Jessica) Dolan; niece Heather (Robb) Bergeson; great nephews, Riley Bergeson and JJ Dolan; and great nieces, McKenna Dolan and Finley Bergeson. Because he never had children of his own, he enjoyed his time with the young children and had infinite patience with them. Mike also leaves behind so many friends, who meant the world to him, especially his friends in Sand Coulee, the Hi Ho Tavern and Peace Hospice House. Thank you all for making Mike's last months so memorable and taking the time to visit him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Darlene; brothers, Johno and Chuck; and nephews, Jason and Joshua Muterspaw.

Mike, we are so sad to see you go, but we know there are loving arms waiting for you in heaven. You are at peace and your body is whole again. Go with God.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held at noon Friday, July 24, at Holy Spirit Parrish, 4400 3rd Ave. South, Great Falls. A reception will follow at the Eagles.

Donations may be made to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-510 or to Peace Hospice, 2600 15th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59401.

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