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Ivan Leonard Donnay, 99, of Glencoe

Ivan Donnay
Ivan Leonard Donnay, 99, of Glencoe, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 3, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Congregational hymns were “I’m But a Stranger Here,” “Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me.”
Casket bearers were Jeremy Field, Adam Field, Dennis Bruckschen, Wayne Donnay, Darrel Bruckschen, Ronnie Wiehle, Roger Schauer and Jeff Rolf.
Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Ivan Leonard Donnay was born Oct. 22, 1916, in Outlook, Montana, the son of Leonard and Bertha (Kelm) Donnay. He was baptized as an infant on Oct. 29, 1916, by the Rev. Febrauer in Outlook, Montana, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 22, 1930, by the Rev. Kolbe at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He was educated in Glencoe.
Mr. Donnay entered active military service in the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling on Sept. 11, 1941. After training as a cook, he was assigned to Company L, 160th Infantry Regiment, and fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, seeing action throughout the Pacific, including battles on the Bismarck Archipelago, the South Philippines, and on the Island of Luzon, which earned him the Combat Infantryman Badge in addition to multiple campaign medals. He was honorably discharged as a Technician 5th Class at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, on Oct. 1, 1945.
On May 6, 1949, he was united in marriage to Wyla Raether at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. They made their home in Glencoe, Annandale and Darwin. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Marilyn and Gloria. The couple shared over 36 years of marriage before Wyla Donnay’s death on March 14, 1986.
On June 19, 1987, Mr. Donnay was united in marriage to Alice Wentzlaff Schauer by the Rev. Kath at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. The couple lived in Darwin and Silver Lake. Mr. Donnay welcomed Alice’s six children, LuAnn, Roger, Beverly, Steve, Cheryl and Dean to the family. Ivan and Alice Donnay shared over 28 years of marriage.
Mr. Donnay was a farmer and later worked at Stearnswood, Inc., in Hutchinson, Poly Foam, Inc., in Lester Prairie, as a janitor at Silver Lake High School, and was a caretaker for Doc Erickson in Annandale. He was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. He also had served on the Rich Valley Township Board.
Mr. Donnay enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, playing cards, traveling, watching football, fixing anything, and carpentry. He loved to tell jokes to anyone he’d meet. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Donnay of Glencoe; children, Marilyn (Ron) Field of Hutchinson and Gloria (Todd) Ristesund of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; stepchildren, LuAnn (Roger) Schmidt of Glencoe, Roger (Lisa) Schauer of Glencoe, Beverly (Jeff) Rolf of Cologne, Steve (Patsy) Schauer of Glencoe, Cheryl (Bret) Nordin of Winsted and Dean (Carol) Schauer of Mondovi, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jeremy (Robyn) Field of Hutchinson and Adam Field of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren, Austin Field and Alex Schutz; 21 stepgrandchildren; 30 stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ethel Donnay of Glencoe, Luella Donnay of Glencoe, Marvin (Verona) Wentzlaff of Arlington and Marian Wendorff of St. Cloud; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Bertha Donnay; first wife, Wyla Donnay; siblings, Leona (Elmer) Witthus, Iva (Clifford) Wiehle, Laverna (Ray) Bruckschen and Elmer Donnay.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.