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Kenneth William Donnay, 86, Glencoe

Kenneth Donnay

Kenneth William Donnay, 86, of Glencoe, died Friday, March 2, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 7, at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with the Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiating. Mary Ann Thalmann was the pianist. Gus and Irene Makovsky were the song leaders. Musical selections were “Be Not Afraid,” “Blest Are They,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “Amazing Grace,” “Prayer of St. Francis” and “Though the Mountains May Fall.”
Casket bearers were Christopher Nelson, Tyler Donnay, Brian Donnay, Andrew Tritz, Nicholas Tritz, Phillip Donnay, James Carlson, Michael Donnay and Aaron Donnay. Military honors were by Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Interment was in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.
Kenneth William Donnay was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Glencoe, the son of Godfrey and Frances (Harpel) Donnay. He was baptized as an infant on Sept. 13, 1931, and confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 9, 1943, and Solemn Communion, both at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe. He received his education at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School for grades one through eight, and then attended Glencoe High School, graduating with the class of 1949. He worked at Harpel’s as a bookkeeper. He entered active military service in the U.S. Army on March 26, 1952, and was stationed at Arlington Hall Station in Virginia during the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge on March 26, 1954.
On Sept. 15, 1953, he was united in marriage to Gladys Kostecka at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. They made their home on a farm near Glencoe and then, in 1988, moved into town. Their marriage was blessed with seven children, Diana, Bruce, Ronald, Lois, David, an infant daughter, and James. They shared over 64 years of marriage.
Mr. Donnay was a dairy farmer for 35 years. In 1988, he started working for the city of Glencoe in the Parks Department, retiring in 1996. He then worked for Haukos Brothers from 2000 to 2006. He was a faithful member of Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, where he was an usher, counted money, sang in the church choir over 30 years, was an officer for Home and School, officer of the Knights of Columbus, chairman of the Catholic Cemetery Board, secretary for the Catholic Financial Aid for 20 years, served on the St. Pius Finance Board and as an officer of St. Joseph’s Men’s Club. He also was the local chairman for Citizens for Educational Freedom, board member for eight years for Glencoe Butter & Produce, served on the McLeod County Planning Commission for six years, the Helen Township board for five years, the Glencoe Public School Finance Advisory Committee, Glencoe Public School Agricultural Advisory Committee, chairman of the McLeod County Dairy Association, board member of the Minnesota American Dairy Association for five years, and a 4-H project leader for 10 years. Kenneth and Gladys Donnay received the McLeod County Farm Family of the Year Award in 1983.
Mr. Donnay enjoyed working, dancing, bowling, fast-pitch softball, card club and was a faithful follower of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He cherished the time spent with family and friends.
As his health-care needs increased, Mr. Donnay became a resident of long-term care on May 30, 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Donnay of Glencoe; children, Diana Nelson of New London; Bruce (Linda) Donnay of Glencoe, Ronald (Debra) Donnay of Glencoe, Lois (Terry) Tritz of Glencoe, David (Colleen) Donnay of Norwood Young America, and James (Laura) Donnay of Glencoe; grandchildren, Christopher (Kelly) Nelson, Trisha (Shawn) Terning, Megan (Brian) Palmquist, Tyler Donnay, Brian (Tara) Donnay, Lisa (Jason) Bosley, Laura (Tony) Lindeman, Andrew (Katie) Tritz, Nicholas (Amanda) Tritz, Andrea Donnay, Rachel (Jon) Ruzicka, Phillip Donnay, James Carlson (special friend Ashley Kuphal), Michael Donnay and Aaron Donnay; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Donnay of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey and Frances Donnay; infant daughter; infant grandson; son-in-law, Dave Nelson; and brother, LeRoy Donnay.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.