John J. Nolan
John J. Nolan, 73, of Wellman, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a stroke.
John was born Nov. 1,
1947, in Kankakee, Ill., the
son of Frank and Bernice (Zasada) Nolan. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School and then attended Kankakee Community College. He spent 40 years with the Xerox Corporation as a service technician. This long commitment with Xerox led to connections and relationships with many companies and people. One particular contract that began as technical support evolved into a 30-plus year relationship with the sports information department of the University of Iowa men's basketball and football teams. You would always see John and his wife Wendy, enjoying working together on the sidelines.
John enjoyed life and the people in his life to the fullest. His family, friends and even strangers were often right alongside of him. He enjoyed an active life of traveling, going on cruises, biking, flower gardening, or reading a good book. John could fix anything and had a passion and amazing skill for building and remodeling houses. His long-term project has been his "hobby house" in Wellman. He generously shared his time and talents volunteering with delivering Wellman Meals on Wheels, the Coralville Food Pantry Community Meals, Girls on the Run, JingleCross, the United Way and at many community events. He believed in helping others in any way possible. He supported the gift of life and was a regular blood donor.
Near and dear to him was his family. His love and admiration for them was deeply profound and he was always there to support them. His family includes his wife of 25 years, Wendy; children, Noelle Bradley, Emily McLemore and Peter Nolan; grandchildren, Blake Bradley, Gabrielle Bradley and Lainey Nolan; two siblings, Mike Nolan and Kathy Malvan; brother-in-law, Stephen (Jill) Hobart; many nieces and nephews; and Wendy's parents, Jane and Bob Hobart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Steve Nolan, Rosemary Nolan and Christine Nolan.
No public services are being planned at this time. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Iowa City Bike Library, Wellman Senior Dining or the UI Children's Hospital. To share a thought, memory or condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.