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John Kennedy Nolan

Kaleva, Michigan

Aug 12, 1948 – Aug 14, 2019 (Age 71)


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John Kennedy Nolan, 71, passed away at his home in Onekama, Michigan, on August 14, 2019.  The son of Francis J. Nolan Sr. and Lucille Kennedy Nolan, John was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 12, 1948.

He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Rosary High School and Florissant Valley Community College before moving to Michigan and continuing his education there. John later moved to Alaska, eventually settling in the Anchorage area with his wife, Michelle Marie Dovico Nolan. Michelle passed away in 2016 at their home in Onekama.

John loved the outdoors from the time he could hold a fishing pole.  As a young teenager, he built a hydroplane in the basement in St. Louis so he could speed across Lake Kalamazoo on vacations in Michigan; and as a young man, he successfully pursued a career as a pilot in Alaska, flying worldwide. Fishing, hunting, boating and flying in rural Michigan and in the Alaskan wilderness were favorite pursuits.

John is survived by his brother, Francis J. Nolan; sisters Mary Lou Nolan and her husband Alan Sunkel; Judith N. Heverin and her husband Ned; Janice Larkin and her husband, Ron, and many nieces and nephews. Longtime friends include John St. Andre, Gene Overton, Charles Meyer and Mark Haywood. Brooke McIsaac and her family were kind and caring friends to both Michelle and John.

John requested there be no memorial service.

Donations in his name can be sent to the Great Lakes Foundation, (c/o Great Lakes Cruising Club, Suite 202, 405 Water St., Port Huron, MI 48060-5469) or Catholic Charities Western Michigan (806 Hastings St. Suite R, Traverse City, MI 49686).

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements.

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I am thankful that I was able to have some time getting to know John. He had his struggles but kept his sense of humor and always left me with a smile. God bless your journey Home John.

Mick, you were a challenge to get to know! But I got a chance to see a side of you that not many knew!!! I will be forever grateful for our friendship! Miss you already!