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LeRoy William Donnay, 91, Glencoe

LeRoy Donnay

LeRoy William Donnay, 91, of Glencoe, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe with the Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiating. Mary Ann Thalmann was the organist. Song leaders were Gus and Irene Makovsky. Musical selections were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “You Are Mine,” “Parable,” “Seeds, Scattered and Sown” and “Old Rugged Cross.”
Casket bearers were Danny McGraw, Matthew Fasching, Eric Thalmann, Alex Donnay, Mitchell Donnay, Chris Donnay, Jacob Donnay and Jason Donnay. Interment was in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.
LeRoy William Donnay was born July 26, 1926, in Glencoe, the son of Godfrey and Frances (Harpel) Donnay. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed, both at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe. He attended the parochial school through eighth grade, and gradated from Glencoe High School in 1944.
On May 21, 1949, he married Delores B. Klobe at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe. They lived on the family farm, where they raised their 10 children. 4-H was a big part of farm life and, under the leadership of LeRoy and Delores, all 10 children were active members for many years. Mr. Donnay also was a 4-H member for 10 years and a club leader for 28 years. He was one of the founders of the Helen Juniors 4-H Club. He also served on the McLeod County Extension Committee.
Being a dairy farmer with a registered purebred Holstein dairy herd, he became involved with the McLeod County Holstein Association, Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and the American Dairy Association. He also served on the Glencoe Mills Board of Directors.
While a member of the Glencoe Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees or JCs), he was fortunate to be named the Outstanding Young Farmer in Minnesota in 1956. He was a lifetime member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, now St. Pius X, where he was president of the St. Joseph Society and the Men’s Club for many years, and also a member of the church refurbishing committee and the building committee for the new addition. He was a member of and a past Grant Knight of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus, and a past faithful navigator of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Holy Family Catholic United Financial Council.
He was interested in sports, especially football, and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren at their sporting events. He enjoyed farming and, after moving to town in 1988, he continued to help his son John and his wife Connie, and their family, on the farm. He will be remembered as a devoted father and grandfather who was quiet, gentle, and always a gentleman. He also was an exceptional teacher. With the farm as his classroom, he taught the value of patience, attention to detail, hard work, common sense, and working safely at every opportunity.
He and his wife shared over 68 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife, Delores Donnay of Glencoe; children, Roger (Patricia) Donnay of Elk River, Robert (Laurie) Donnay of Detroit, Michigan, Mary Ann Donnay (friend Sandy Schob) of Fargo, North Dakota, Kevin (Nancy) Donnay of Baxter, Gale (Deb) Donnay of Glencoe, Susan (Jerry) McGraw of Woodbury, John (Connie) Donnay of Glencoe, Karen (Brian) Thalmann of Plato, Jeff (Sandy) Donnay of Lafayette and Sara (Gerald) Fasching of Winsted; grandchildren, Kelly (Todd) Stauffer, Chris (Ranea) Donnay, Ryan (Sara) Donnay, Melissa (Pete) Purdy, Matthew (Jennifer) Donnay, Mike (Stephanie) Donnay, Kristin Donnay, Elizabeth (Erik) Gyolai, Alexandra (Jason) Krueger, Jacob Donnay, Jason (Katris) Donnay, Amanda Tankersley, Danny McGraw, Alex Donnay, Nathan Donnay, Mitchell Donnay, Benjamin Donnay, Nicole Donnay, Eric Thalmann, Adam Thalmann, Emily Thalmann, Kaitlin Donnay, Jenna Donnay, Addison Donnay, Shelby Fasching, Matthew Fasching and Rebecca Fasching; 24 great-grandchildren, Max Stauffer, Grace Stauffer, Tyler Donnay, Tanner Donnay, Trey Donnay, Reece Donnay, Cade Donnay, Hadley Donnay, Madison Purdy, Kyle Purdy, Daniella Purdy, Dylan Donnay, Marlie Hammack, Alaina Tankersley, Violet Tankersley, Judah Tankersley, Abigale Tankersley, Kyle Aerts, Cassie Aerts, Brianna Seiler, Devean Donnay, Delila Donnay, Jason Donnay II and Henrik Gyolai; brother, Kenneth (Gladys) Donnay of Glencoe; brother-in-law, Albin Klobe of Glencoe; sister-in-law, LaVerne Ford of Glencoe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Godfrey and Frances Donnay; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Josephine Klobe; sisters-in-law, Tillie (John) Hettver, Theresa (John) Ford, Irene (Virgil) Hajicek and Teddy Klobe; and granddaughter, Megan McGraw.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.