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John Dobie (Foreman)





John Dobie


MISSOULA – John Joseph Dobie, 85, of Missoula, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013, at St. Patrick Hospital after battling Parkinson’s disease.

He was born the fourth of six children to John and Blanche Dobie in St. Peter, Minnesota, on February 25, 1928.  John served in the United States Army as a military policeman in Japan from 1946 to 1947.  He was honorably discharged and moved to International Falls, Minnesota, where he married Joyce Halverson after a six-week courtship.  They were married 59 years this October.

John and Joyce moved to Missoula in 1957 and he assisted in starting the operations of the Hoerner-Waldorf Frenchtown pulp mill, working as a supervisor for 25 years until his retirement.  Both were excited to raise their sons John, Jeff and Jody in Montana.

He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Frenchtown.  John enjoyed many outdoor activities that western Montana offered, especially hunting and fishing.  He had a passion for new cars and possessed incredible mechanical skills, fixing just about anything that needed repair, but spending time with his grandchildren was one of the things he loved the most.

Yuma, Ariz., was John and Joyce’s winter spot for 25 happy years. There they enjoyed time with family and numerous friends. In later years, John loved going with his wife to local casinos, where he made new friends and enjoyed many lucky hours.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; sons, Jeff (Alane) Dobie and Jody (Susan) Dobie, as well as granddaughters Kara and Julia Dobie, Jennifer (Lee) Passmore and great-grandson Hayden Passmore, and grandson Jake Dobie; and brother, Jerry Dobie (Jean) of St. Peter.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, John; brothers, Ken, Jim and Frank Dobie; and sister, Phyllis Barber.

A service celebrating John’s life was held Wednesday, November 6, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.  Pastor Chris Flohr officiated the service and a reception followed.  Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

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