John Michael Doogan (1921 - 2013)

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John Michael Doogan
(1921-2013)

John Michael Doogan was welcomed into the Lord's embrace on April 11, 2013 at the age of 92. He joined his beloved wife Delores six months to the day after her passing.

John was born January 26, 1921 in Juneau, AK to Theodore and Mary Doogan. With his 11 siblings, John was raised in Douglas, AK. He attended St. Ann's School in Juneau for several years prior to taking an absence to help support his family. John served in the Pacific Theater during World War II (1942-1946). Upon returning to Juneau, he finished school & received his diploma from Juneau-Douglas High School.

John had many jobs throughout Alaska. He worked at mining sites in the interior of Alaska, on the Alaska State Pipeline & the Conservation Corps. John helped with the construction of Glacier Highway & the Federal & State Office Buildings in Juneau. He owned his own janitorial business, & was a member of Local Operating Engineers 302.

In June of 1948 he married Eileen Ryan-Hellen, who passed early in her life, leaving John with daughters Cecelia & Linda. In 1959 John met & married Delores E. Wickstrom, who became the love of his life on October 17, 1959.

John was a devoted husband & father; sharing the blessing of 13 children in a Catholic home. He could always be counted on to be very present in his children's lives; whether it was in the instruction of Catholicism, visiting the schools regularly, or simply having a spontaneous beach outing with the family. The home John built with Delores brimmed with love, discipline & the noise of children, both their own & those of the neighborhood. He embraced the idea that there was always room for one more at the dinner table. Charity for others often prompted John to volunteer himself & his kids to better the community and church.

John is survived by his brother, Hugh Doogan & John's children & their spouses: Cecelia, Mike, Merina (Ronald Metz), Neil(Alma), John (Laura), Charlotte (Michael Kair), Kevin (Son-Mi), Kitty (Edward Hoch), Joseph, Christine (Gerrit Allen), Joy (Richard Sheridan), Andy (Josh Hamilton); 23 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren.

Preceding John in death are his parents Theodore & Mary Doogan, wife Delores Doogan, Eileen Doogan, daughters Mary-Rose & Linda Doogan, brothers: James, Neil, Theodore, Dennis, Frank, & Dennis William Doogan, sisters: Catherine, Sr. Anna Marie, Sr. Marjorie Loretta, Sr. Theresa Frances Doogan & Rosemary Navarre.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday May 11th at 1:00 p.m.
at St. Paul's Catholic Church with a Celebration of Life reception following
at the parish hall (St. Peter's Hall), 9055 Atlin Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.

All are welcome.


Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 28, 2013
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