John Patrick Doyle Jr., age 84, of Belleville passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. in Fitchburg, WI after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on December 3, 1929 in the Town of Exeter to his parents John P. and Rose M. (Gaffney) Doyle Sr. John graduated from Madison East High School in 1948.
On September 13, 1952 he was united in marriage to Donna Jean Wong at St. James Catholic Church in Madison. John farmed for a few years, worked at Federal Industries in Belleville, Metalskil, and finally Tracor Northern in Middleton until retiring in June of 1992.
He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belleville, the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club, and the Saturday morning “Dump” Club. John was a man with many gifts, but the gift of friendship was a powerful presence in his life. His high school friends became his lifelong friends.
The gathering at his 80th birthday celebration expanded many generations of friends, family, co-workers, and golf partners. John gave his friendship to many. The last few years of his life were spent visiting his friends in need, and often having to say goodbye to them. John was a pallbearer sixteen times. He was a man that all were comfortable to be around.
John is survived by his children Debra (Larry) Terrill of Phoenix, AZ, Lorretta Doyle of Belleville, WI, Cynthia (Brad) Rolstad of Waunakee, WI, Angelia (Tony) Thrune of Prairie Du Sac, WI, Lisa (Greg) Harper of Fitchburg, WI, and Jim Doyle of Belleville, WI, sixteen grandchildren Joshua Smith, Tinea Smith, James (Annemae), Ryan (Jennifer) McMillen, Kurt (Renata) McMillen, Kyle McMillen, Jessica Rolstad, Melissa Rolstad, Tyler Thrune, Aimee Thrune, Jason Thrune, Michael (Allison) Harper, Daniel Harper, Travis Doyle, Aryn Doyle, Spencer Doyle, three great-grandchildren Isabella Rose Deffendall, Alayna McMillen, and Roseamae Doyle. He is further survived by his sisters Rosemary (Al) Gion of Madison, WI and Margaret McKnight of Madison, WI, and a sister-in-law Elaine Doyle of Madison, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents John & Rose Doyle, brothers Edward, William, & Robert, wife Donna and three children, Patrick John, Michael O’Shea, and Melissa Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 S. Harrison St., Belleville, WI with the Rev. Michael Moon and the Rev. Kenneth Klink officiating. Burial will be in the St. James Cemetery rural Belleville.
Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home,