James Allen Dolan, 74, formerly of Jerseyville, died at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.James A. "Jimmy the Legend" Dolan, also known as "Unc", was born in Jerseyville on August 20, 1938 to James F., (who served as a former Mayor of Jerseyville) & Sarah Grace (Hughes) Dolan. He attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School and was a graduate of Jersey Community High School, and after graduation served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.Later in life he worked for Griffith Plumbing and Heating and Department in Carlinville and the Department of Motor Vehicles in Jerseyville, as well as ran the West Side Cleaners in Carlinville.Currently he was serving as Commander of the Carlinville VFW Post 1104 and was a lifetime member of the VFW, a 53 year member of the Jerseyville Elks Lodge, and was a former member of the Moose. He loved playing slow pitch softball, especially playing for the VFW, and was a huge Elvis Presley and Los Angeles Dodges fan.Surviving are a daughter, Susan Catt of Dunlap; four grandchildren, Tori, Morgan, Sam & Ben; nephews, Bill Griffith, Dave Griffith, Mike Griffith, Jim Beane, Joe Beane, John Beane, and a niece, Jackie (Beane) Jones and families.He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters & a brother in law, Margaret Ann Beane and Mary Neal & Bill Griffith.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A walkthrough by the Carlinville VFW Post 1104 will be held at 6 p.m. and casket guards will be there to honor his and his service to his country. The Jerseyville Elks Lodge will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home as well.Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 conducting military rites immediately following.Cremation will take place after the ceremonies.Memorials may be given to the family in care of the funeral home."Stay up for the game"
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