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MISSOULA - John Gilbert Nolan, 90, longtime resident of Missoula, slipped away in his sleep on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at the Village Health Care Center, where he was recovering from pneumonia. Prior to his illness, he was a resident at the Missoula Manor for eight years.

John was born on Dec. 7, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. At the age of 6, he moved with his mother, Isola Bartholemew, to Missoula to live with his aunt and uncle, Irene and Robert Mudd (a veteran of the Spanish American War), at 1932 S. Fifth St. W. During this time, John attended Franklin Grade School and Missoula County High School.

World War II broke out, and he joined the U.S. Army and fought extensively throughout Europe. During this time, John met and courted Broughnitta Bass in Spokane, Wash., and eventually they married.

After World War II, John returned to Missoula, with his new wife, where he attended the University of Montana sponsored by the GI Bill. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1948, John inherited his uncle's business and named it Nolan's Home and Office Cleaning Service.

Montana was his passion. He loved living in Missoula and being a part of the community. He taught Sunday school at the Methodist church ministered by the Rev. Graff. John enjoyed all the outdoor activities that Montana has to offer. He played basketball, bowled on an award-winning team and was a huge Grizzlies fan. He loved hiking to view wildflowers, fishing in trout streams, and hunting in the wilderness.

John is preceded in transition by his lovely wife, Broughnitta, who passed in 1973.

Survivors include four daughters, Rita Nolan of Missoula (formerly of New York City), Kiti Ward of Mercer Island, Wash., Patti Nolan of New York City and Fawn Luque of Pomona, Calif.; and five wonderful grandchildren.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 W. Broadway. Memorial Service is 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at at Missoula Manor, 909 W. Central Ave. Burial is at Missoula Cemetery, Railroad St. W. & Leo Ave., followed by a reception at Missoula Manor.

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