Tuesday July 29, 2014
Tompkins Funeral Chapel
Glenn Richard Donald was born July 4, 1954, in Flin Flon, Manitoba, the eldest of three born to Ernest and Eileen Donald. He passed away on or around July 20, 2014, after a prolonged illness.
Shortly after birth, the family moved back to their Kelvington farm. As a boy, he became an active member in the 4-H Beef Club. When the family moved to Wadena to manage the F & B Feedlot, it was not surprising that Glenn and his brother Brian worked for their dad after school and on weekends hauling bales and feeding hundreds of cattle.
Glenn enjoyed playing sports at Wadena High School. He was an avid football payer and hockey player on the local teams. He also enjoyed other school sports and in the winter he curled in the surrounding area's bonspiels.
He moved to Saskatoon to work in the housing trade as a carpenter and took pride in his work; his dream in life was to start his own construction business in Wadena. So in 1986, Glenn and Arlene (Andry) moved back to Wadena. He was very proud of the fact that he and his dad built his parents' first brand new home in Wadena. Since Ernie owned and operated the cement plant in Wadena, Glenn did a lot of concrete work in the area. In later years, he also farmed with his dad and brothers for a while.
Glenn was a proud parent when his two sons were born: Derek Ryan on March 6, 1988, and Kale Reese on May 1, 1990. He loved to take his children to the hockey games, the curling rink, other local events, fishing at Sharon and Larry Nygren's cabin, and even to construction sites, much to the dismay of some of his clients. He also loved to take them snowmobiling; he even made a Santa sleigh, big enough for four children, to pull behind.
Glenn suffered such sorrow in his life. He had a hard time dealing with the sudden death of his mother Eileen on Aug. 2, 1988, his sister Carol on March 28, 1998 and his best friend and co-worker Larry Dreger. In later years, he lost Mike, Ethel and James Andry, Phyllis Arnason and Larry Nygren from his extended family.
He was a kind hearted man who loved his children. Glenn was always willing to lend a hand to a family member or friend in need.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends: his dad Ernie, sons Derek and Kale (Desi); brother Brian (Gail); niece Nicole (Gerry) Rorick and Nephew Chris (April) Donald.