OBITUARY

John William Nolan

November 8, 1918March 13, 2014

John Nolan built his character on leadership that included a strong work ethic, fairness and loyalty that influenced and enriched the lives around him. His passion and strong beliefs will be greatly missed and impossible to replace in the hearts of those who knew him.

John bravely served our country in the Army during WWII in the Pacific campaign winning numerous combat medals. He married the love of his life, Helen Lucille Hannegan, on June 27, 1942 in St. Louis, Oregon. Most important to John was family, so being a wonderful husband and terrific father was his greatest achievement in life. As a Boy Scouts Troop Leader he created many memories with his son, Robert, fishing and camping. He was a Correctional Sergeant in the Oregon State Penitentiary for over 20 years until retirement.

John found delight in others success and kept busy with hobbies like cooking, playing cards, WWII history, and walking. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and loved to garden and dine out.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen; father, Edward Nolan; and mother, Johanna Schuh. Continuing John’s legacy is son, Robert (Penny) Nolan of Mission Viejo, CA; sister, Agnes Yoder; granddaughter, Kellie Nolan of Playa del Rey, CA; and grandson, Brent Nolan of North Hollywood, CA.

Services will be held Monday, March 24 at 11:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. To leave audio or online condolences please visit www.hed-fh.com.

Services

  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 24, 2014
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Pat Doty-Swenson

March 24, 2014

Bobby & Family - my heart is full of the great memories we all had in Northern California Logging. Your Dad and Mom were the very special people in my life along with all the Hannegans.... Sunday dinners after Church in Blue Lake all the fun and laughter. Your folks meant so much to my Dad & Mom. They were always so very very proud of you and had lots of stories to share of you and your family. No you are thought of now and always.....Pat Doty Swenson

March 24, 2014

Bobby and family - Your Dad was one of the "special" people in my life along with your Mom and all the Hannegans.. Our time in Northern California logging is a memory I hold very close in my heart. Sunday Dinners at Blue Lake after church, the laughter.... Hold your head high they were so very very proud of you - memories last forever.... thinking of you now and always Pat Doty Swenson

Pat Doty-Swenson

March 24, 2014

Bobby and family - Your Dad was one of the "special" people in my life along with your Mom and all the Hannegans.. Our time in Northern California logging is a memory I hold very close in my heart. Sunday Dinners at Blue Lake after church, the laughter.... Hold your head high they were so very very proud of you - memories last forever.... thinking of you now and always Pat Doty Swenson

Richard Sly

March 24, 2014

Our condolences to John's family. Our father, Norman Lee worked at OSP with John for many years. They met up again when dad encountered 'Sarg' at assisted residential living, Avamere Court in Keizer. John was generous to show the new guy around - the best place in the dining room and how to sign up for lunch excursions at local restaurants. We lost Norm in June '13 although we appreciated John's remarkable optimism and good humor with Norm. John's personality and his huge smile always added a bright spot during our visits to Assisted Living. Rest in Peace John; no doubt you'll be welcomed to your reward by the heavenly hosts.

Ron & Patty Radigan

March 24, 2014

Uncle John was a great favorite of ours. Always a good visit, his keen mind and memory could inform and entertain us, leaving a desire to come back for more.

No one quite like Uncle. He will be much missed.

Staff of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors

March 23, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY