(Sept. 18, 2009)
Charles Michael “Mike” Dolan died Sept. 18, surrounded by his family, at his home in Billings. His death followed a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born to Charles and Mary Dolan on May 19, 1940 in San Diego, Calif. He married, had three children and worked hard to establish himself and provide for his family. Though he achieved success early on, his adventurous spirit, passion for hunting and fishing and love of nature led him to move his family to Cody in 1970, where he bought a small roofing business. Though it was a completely new trade to him, his entrepreneurial spirit and innate business sense quickly turned that small roofing business into one of the largest sheet metal, roofing, and general contracting companies in Wyoming. Under his leadership, many of his employees prospered and went on to start small businesses of their own. He moved on to create a company that developed and owned motels throughout the United States. He did all this with the love and support of his wife, Wanda, whom he married in 1978.
Though he took great pleasure in nature, the water and fishing, his greatest joy was his relationship with the Lord and his contribution to the church. He was instrumental in the 2003 construction of the new Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Cody, of which he was an active member for many years. He was a man of tremendous integrity and compassion.
Mike is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Steve Dolan (Bobbi), Amber Hofferber (Shawn), Shannon Park (John); grandchildren Olivia, Isaac, David and Jack Dolan, Crystal, Heather, Michael and Clair Oswald and Lily, Madison and Wyatt Park; siblings Denny Dolan (Pam), Eileen Blomendale (Randy) and Margaret Whited (Ron). Mike recently was blessed with the addition of the Hofferber children — Scottie, Ceri and Tanner.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Lifeway Church, 3100 Rimrock Road in Billings. In memory of Mike, donations may be made to CAMA (Compassion and Mercy Associates), PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.