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Donald Van Pay
Donald Van Pay, 91, of Shawano, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Born Dec. 15, 1926 in Green Bay, to the late Elmer and Hazel (Williquette) Van Pay, he graduated from Green Bay West High School and worked as an engineer for Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for 42 years. He taught Diesel engine classes for 14 years. On Aug. 31, 1978, he married Ruth H. Mayer in Menominee, Mi.
Upon retirement, they moved to the Shawano Lake area where he became known for being a skilled handyman. A devoted Christian and active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake, he also belonged to the Cecil Lion's Club and was involved in many charitable activities.
He enjoyed fishing by boat or parking the old camper next to the Menominee River with his wife appreciating the view of God's country rolling by. He had a "green thumb" and a nice garden of many vegetables to keep friends and family supplied. He loved baking and cooking and "accidentally" drop something on the floor for his dogs.
A kind, caring, generous man with a contagious smile, he was aware of the needs of others and always lent a helping hand and a smile. Friends and family were always welcomed into his home. He loved visitors and made his guests feel at home and when it was time to go, he said "Come back when you can stay longer."
He is survived by four children, Victoria (Lonnie) Annan and Rory (Robyn) Van Pay, both of Berthoud, Co., Rev. Randy (Kathryn) Van Pay of San Antonio, Tx. and Russell (Stacy) Van Pay of Weatherford, Tx. three step-children, Ryan (Molly Talono) Dorak of Abrams and James (Wendy) Delvoye, Sr. and Donna Vanderveren, both of Green Bay; a daughter-in-law, Linda Van Pay of Pulaski; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold (Janice) Van Pay of Kent, Wa. and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth on Jan. 25, 2013 and two sons, Ronald and Ricky.
Visitation was held at Swedberg Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel on Sunday, Feb. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Visitation continued at Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake on Monday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Steve Pockat officiated with burial in the Church Cemetery.