John Mitchell Doyle

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HELENA - John Mitchell "Jack" Doyle, 83, of Helena, formerly of Lincoln, died of natural causes Friday, June 1, in Helena.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Burial with military honors will be in Montana State Veteran's Cemetery, Fort Harrison, followed by a luncheon at the church.

Jack was born in Chico, Calif., Aug. 9, 1928, to John L. and Carmelita (Mitchell) Doyle. Jack received his education in California. Following his graduation from high school, Jack entered the United States Air Force, serving for 20 years, retiring in 1966 as a technical sergeant. Jack and Annette were married Dec. 22, 1973, and lived in California for 20 years, where Jack worked in the civil service as a department supervisor at Balboa Naval Hospital. They moved to beautiful Lincoln in 1993, where they lived for 13 years. They moved to Helena in 2006 to be closer to the veterans' medical center at Fort Harrison for Jack's continued health care.

Jack loved to hunt, fish and camp. He taught his kids to respect the wild and taught them to hunt, fish and then properly care for their harvest. While living in Lincoln, Jack enjoyed traveling on his four-wheeler to Lambkins Bar to get a cup of coffee for Annette. Jack and Annette enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, cruises on Mexican waters, their cruise to Alaska, traveling to Carlow, Ireland, and Czechoslovakia and traveling to Germany to see the passion play.

Annette and Jack were snowbirds for many years. He was a member of the Elks and the American Legion in Lincoln, where he served as commander for two years. He was also a member of the VFW.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Annette of Helena; children Sherie (Mike) Steele of Helena, Jacque (Russ) Shively of Mendocino, Calif., Debbie Wells of Great Falls, Pamela Oleson of Great Falls, Greg (Janice) Doyle of Lompoc, Calif., and Karen Johnson of Great Falls; a sibling, Patricia Marie Reynolds of Biloxi, Miss.; daughter-in-law Diane (Charles) Marlen; 13 grandchildren, Christy (Shawn) Holden, Shawn (Noel) Jacobs, Annika LaFournaise, Jane (Mike) Leinwand, Jennifer Doyle, Weston and Mitchell Shively, Chad Taylor, Stephanie Wells, Laura (Ron) Myers, Ashley Doyle, and Jesse and Justine Johnson; stepgrandson Kelly (Jenna) Stevens; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin; mother and father; sister Mary Virginia Roach; and the children's mother, Beatrice Whittaker.

Memorials are suggested to Lewis and Clark Veterans' Council, c/o Dennis Streeter, 1272 Lucchese Rd., Helena, MT 59602 or Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Rd, Helena, MT 59602.

Condolences may be posted online at www.aswfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 6, 2012
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