John L. Scanlan, age 90, of Miles City, MT passed away the morning of August 26, 2020 of natural causes, at the Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings, MT.
John Lawrence Scanlan was born to James and Ruth (Martin) Scanlan on May 21, 1930; at Rocky Point, WY. He was the youngest of 4 children, with brothers, Edmond and Joseph, and sister, Rita (Ben) Huckins.
The family had moved to Miles City in1932 and settled on Becker Lane where they ran a dairy farm. John remembers taking the horse drawn wagon to town with cans of milk to sell. Called, “Johnnie” by many friends, he worked at the Olive restaurant as a young man and drove cab later in the Miles City area. He met and married Edna Jo Thomas in 1950. To this union, 5 babies were born. Penny (Frank) Mitchell, Karen (deceased at birth), Sheri (Ward) Wiedeman, Scott Scanlan, and Shawna McBride. Though John and Edna later divorced, they were blessed with 8 grandsons and 2 beautiful granddaughters: Frank Mitchell Jr. and Wendy (Kyle)Lundquist; Michael (Rhonda), Kelly and Case Wiedeman; Joshua, Travis, Chelsea (Mike) Rodgers; Scanlan; and Tyson (Tana) and Kyle (Carrie) McBride.
John has had the joy and love of 10 great-grandchildren; Hailey, Elsa, Brantley and Violet Lundquist; Sophia and Anya Shea Wiedeman; Kaley Jo and Logan Rodgers; and Rose and Declan McBride.
In November of 1979 John met Jeannette Fisher and on December 20, 1991 they were united in marriage in Rapid City, SD and have been together 40 plus years.
John worked driving water truck for many jobs in MT. He later joined the Milwaukee Railroad working as a fireman. He studied and soon was able to achieve and Engineer/Fireman position. He worked with the Milwaukee Railroad until it’s closure in 1980. John always loved working with heavy equipment and started a construction/demolition business. He did lots of demolition work around the Miles City area tearing down grain elevators, schools, houses and many other buildings. He was responsible for the demolition of the El Robo building, the old Garfield School and the Coast to Coast store on Mains St. Along with building many roads and dams, John also worked for the BLM fighting fires with his equipment. Jan was always by his side when doing all his jobs.
In 1988 he added to his work schedule taking care of the Miles City Landfill with Jan for seven years. John also worked for Fred Wacker hauling cattle to other states. He did however find time to vacation and travel to Nevada, Arizona and occasionally to Deadwood, SD. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and doing some mining with his brother Ed; near Bozeman, MT. John and Jeannette enjoyed dancing and getting together with numerous friends. John enjoyed the company of his step children, Sandy (Mike) Corcoran, David Fisher, Tom Fisher, Joe (Amber) Fisher; step grandchildren, Heather (T.J.) Hall, Angel (Tony) Fisher, Tim Fisher and twin Nicole Fisher, Brock Fisher, Blake Fisher and great step grandchildren, Ronnie, Raenah, Brayan, Benson, Ella, Damien and Taylor.
John was preceded in death by his parents James and Ruth, his brothers: Edmond and Joseph, and his sister Rita Huckins. John is survived by his wife Jeannette and his daughters, Penny (Mitch) Mitchell, Sheri (Ward) Wiedeman, Shawna McBride and son Scott Scanlan.
John was a caring and giving person and was loved by his whole family and will be deeply missed and also missed by his dog Laney. The family would like to thank all his friends and care givers that have helped John.
A visitation will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery in Miles City. Condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.