Francis “Fuz” Dolan

Friday, July 14, 2023 4:51 pm

Francis “Fuz” DolanFrancis LeRoy Dolan, age 97, died July 11, 2023, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines.

He was born April 23, 1926, in Decorah, to Gerald Francis and Lillian Mae (Beranek) Dolan. Fuz graduated from Calmar High School and then went on to graduate with his bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1944 during World War II and was discharged in 1947. He served as a courier for the Nuremberg Trials. He married Patricia Mulcahy on June 4, 1955, and to that union four children were born.

Fuz was a Technical Engineer with Firestone Company and retired in 1985 after 34 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church and was active with the Highland Park American Legion for over 75 years and 40/8 Club. He volunteered at the Veterans Hospital for over 30 years and was a former Boy Scouts Leader.

After Patricia died on Feb. 14, 1989, he later married Zita Heger on June 23, 1995, she later died Dec. 28, 2010.

Fuz is survived by his sons, Douglas Dolan, James (Carla) Dolan and Robert Dolan; daughter, Mary Pat (Jay) Sillars; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Patricia; second wife, Zita; and sister, Susy Klimesh.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, 4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, with luncheon following service. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. in Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Veterans Hospital in Des Moines in memory of Francis Dolan.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Iles Westover Chapel assisted with arrangements.

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