Kenneth William Donnay, age 86, of Glencoe, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Glencoe, the son of Godfrey and Frances (Harpel) Donnay. Kenneth was baptized as an infant Sept. 13, 1931, and confirmed in his faith May 9, 1943, and Solemn Communion, both at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe.
Kenneth 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.
Kenneth entered active military service in the United States Army March 26, 1952, and was stationed at Arlington Hall Station in Virginia during the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge March 26, 1954.
Kenneth was united in marriage to Gladys Kostecka Sept. 15, 1953, at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe. Kenneth and Gladys made their home on a farm in Glencoe, and then, in 1988, moved into town. Their marriage was blessed with seven children: Diana, Bruce, Ronald, Lois, David, infant daughter, and James.
Kenneth and Gladys shared over 64 years of marriage.
Kenneth 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 2000-2006.
A faithful member at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, Kenneth served by being an usher, counting money, singing in the church choir over 30 years, and as an officer for Home and School. He also served as an officer of the Knights of Columbus, chairman of the Catholic Cemetery board, secretary for the Catholic Financial Aid for 20 years, on the St. Pius Finance board, and officer of St. Joseph Men’s Club.
In addition, Kenneth was also 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 Agriculture advisory committee, as chairman of the McLeod County American Dairy Association, board member of the Minnesota American Dairy Association for five years, and 4-H Project Leader for 10 years.
Kenneth and Gladys received the McLeod County Farm Family Award in 1983.
Kenneth enjoyed working, dancing, bowling, fast pitch softball, and card club; and was a faithful follower of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
As Kenneth’s health care needs increased, he entered Long Term Care May 30, 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Donnay of Glencoe; children, Diana Nelson of New London, Bruce Donnay and his wife, Linda, Ronald Donnay and his wife, Debra, Lois Tritz and her husband, Terry, all of Glencoe, David Donnay and his wife, Colleen, of Norwood Young America, and James Donnay and his wife, Laura, of Glencoe; grandchildren Christopher Nelson and his wife, Kelly, Trisha Terning and her husband, Shawn, Megan Palmquist and her husband, Brian, Tyler Donnay, Brian Donnay and his wife, Tara, Lisa Bosley and her husband, Jason, Laura Lindeman and her husband, Tony, Andrew Tritz and his wife, Katie, Nicholas Tritz and his wife, Amanda, Andrea Donnay, Rachel Ruzicka and her husband, Jon, Phillip Donnay, James Carlson and his special friend, Ashley Kuphal, Michael Donnay, and Aaron Donnay; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Kenneth is also survived by a sister-in-law, Delores Donnay of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, and 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 a brother, LeRoy Donnay.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, followed by interment in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery. Father Anthony Stubeda officiated at the Mass, and the pianist was Mary Ann Thalmann. Sheri Templin was the song leader. Musical selections included “Be Not Afraid,” “Blest Are They,” “I Am The Bread Of Life,” “Amazing Grace,” “Prayer Of St. Francis,” and “Though The Mountains May Fall.”
Military honors were provided by Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Casket bearers were Christopher Nelson, Tyler Donnay, Brian Donnay, Andrew Tritz, Nicholas Tritz, Phillip Donnay, James Carlson, Michael Donnay, and Aaron Donnay.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.