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John “Jack” William Donlan,86, of Princeton, IL, formerly of Burlington, IA, died on Feb.24, 2014, at Colonial Manor in Princeton. Born Oct. 15, 1927, in Burlington, he was the son of John T. and Gertrude Foraker Donlan. He married Mary Pfeiff, they divorced. On Jan. 6, 1956, he married Mary Lee Vandersnick in Oquawka, IL.
He graduated from St. Paul Catholic School High School. In August of 1953, he joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. While in the service he was a traveling M.P. and a Barracks Sergeant. He was also a physical training instructor. He had many a story to tell about his time in the service.
He was a member of St. Patrick Church, where he was very active in Sunday services. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a member of the Burlington Boxing Club “Golden Gloves”.
He worked at Lehigh Leopold for 24 years and was also on the baseball team there. He was a supervisor at Lamont Limited for 12 years and he worked part time at the downtown Sears store for 25 years.
He enjoyed attending the races, the Green Bay Packers, the White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. He loved the sport of boxing. He loved dogs and all animals.
He was a loving father and grandfather and he was very thoughtful in every way. While in the nursing home for the last couple of months, he would be sure to thank and shake hands with the CNA’s and Nurses when they were leaving his room, every time.
Survivors include his wife of Burlington; one son Scott “Jack” Donlan & Christine Wahl-Levitt of Princeton, IL; two daughters, Denise (Tim) Davis of Mediapolis, and Tina Donlan & Troy “Wade” Magel of Middletown, IA; five grandchildren, Terry (Christina) Anderson of Washington, IA, Misty (Todd) Brown of West Point, IA, Alysha Donlan of Chicago, IL, Madison Hand of Middletown, IA, and Kyler Donlan of Princeton, IL; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Pear Hassel Donlan; one brother, James; one sister, Katherine; and one son, David.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Prugh’s Chapel in Burlington where the family will be present. The Memorial Service for Mr. Donlan will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Prugh’s with the Rev. David Steinle officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials have been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society and PAWS Animal Shelter in Fort Madison, IA.