Andrew D. McClay, 97

Andrew D. McClay, age 97, of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at the Legacy of Delano.

He was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Smith Lake, MN, to parents Kathryn and William “Harry” McClay.

Andy grew up and graduated in Montrose.

He married Luella Sunday June 6, 1945. After living in Minneapolis for several years, the couple moved back to Delano, where they made their home.

Andy was an avid sportsman who enjoyed, fishing, hunting, basketball, baseball, football, boxing, and NASCAR. He especially loved winter ice fishing with his buddies.

He was a member of the Delano Athletic Club and the Delano Sportsman’s Club, where he was a past treasurer for 20 years. Andy was well known at the Delano ball park, as he ran the popcorn stand during all the town team baseball games.

Andy and Lou also loved the Delano 4th of July Celebration. Andy would get up at 5 a.m. to put out their chairs on the parade route so no one would get their spot.

Andy and Lou spent endless hours working at the food and bingo stands during the 4th of July celebration, and Andy was honored as Mr. Delano July 4, 1982.

Andy enjoyed gardening and working on his lawn; his neighbors often mentioned there was never a blade of grass out of place.

He worked as a laundry driver for Gros. Bros Kronicks for 40 years. The next 10 years, after retirement, he enjoyed driving school bus, especially for the after school sports activities. The students loved him as their driver and biggest supporter.

Andy was loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Luella (Sunday) McClay; brothers Robert, Arnold and Aubrey McClay; and sister Garnet Downing.

Andy is survived by his sons, Gary (Lynn) McClay, and Jeff (Nita) McClay; grandchildren Wendy (Rob) Bidwell, John (Lori) McClay, Chad (Teresa) McClay, and Heather (John) Kadlec; step grandchildren Tony Lombardo and Lisa Prawdzik; great-grandchildren Zach and Jacob Bidwell, Wyatt and Chase McClay, Issac and Niccole McClay, and Evan and Mason Kadlec; step great-grandchildren Anna and April Prawdzik, and Nick and Amanda Lombardo; and step great, great-grandchild, Riley Lombardo.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano. There was visitation in the church from 10 a.m. to the time of the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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