William James “Bill” Daly, age 86, of Loretto, died Sunday, June 4, 2017, from Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill was born in Rochester to a wonderful and close family. They moved to Minneapolis, and he graduated from South West High School, having run track and played basketball.
Bill joined the Navy and served four years stateside.
He then attended the University of Minnesota, studying accounting.
Bill enjoyed a good party, and at one of these, he met Janice Monnie, and married her in 1960.
His work history includes only three companies, as longevity and loyalty were his middle names.
Bill was the very best kind of man . . . gentle, kind, empathetic, self-assured, intelligent, humble, and altruistic. He was a family man above all things, and had a great work ethic.
Bill could smear us all at Trivial Pursuit, and then spend hours behind the wheel of the speedboat, pulling us around on water skis. He was a grilling king, but never cooked; preferred not to be the center of attention, yet drove a red Cougar; and was a homebody, yet traveled to Ireland with his sons and had the time of his life.
Bill was an avid reader, and a huge fan of any sporting event, especially the Vikings, Twins, and pro golf. He played some golf, loved to claim to be a fisherman (though rarely wet a line), enjoyed snowmobiling runs with the Snowbirds club, and enjoyed the lake life, in general.
He was meticulous in any project, but was not a do-it-yourself guy. Bill loved a spirited game of Hearts. He enjoyed a good meal and had quite a sweet tooth.
Bill was a devout Catholic, preferring the old fashioned practices, such as the Latin Mass.
The family moved to Lake Sarah near Loretto in 1972, and joined SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Bill was an active member of the church finance council for many years.
He was also active in the boys’ youth hockey programs.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John Paul and Lenore (Hoffman) Daly; his siblings, Robert (Bob) Daly, Richard (Dick) Daly, and Mary Catherine Johanns; and his son, Daniel William Daly.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jan (Monnie) Daly; five children, Colleen (Kevin) Wald, Shannon (Ron) Winterhalter, Megan (Jeff) Dobberpuhl, Tim (Tracy) Daly, and Sean Daly; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nephews; and three nieces.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, with visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m., prior to Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.