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Robert G. Donnelly

July 30, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Celebration of Life Services for Robert G. Donnelly, 90, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service in the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. There will be no visitation.

Robert passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Roxanne House in Fairmont, Minn. The Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert Guy Donnelly was born May 14, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Guy and Larena (Rippe) Donnelly. Robert began his education in Fairmont attending grade school and later attended Shattuck School in Faribault, Minn., where he graduated.

On September 18, 1942, Robert enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country during World War II in the South Pacific, Korea, and Japan. On March 1, 1946, Bob received his honorable discharge and returned home to Minnesota.

On April 18, 1948, Bob was united in marriage to Betty Stewart at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Fairmont. Together the couple made their home in Fairmont, where Bob managed a feed mill and grain elevator for many years, retiring in 1993.

Bob was a member of the Chain Lake #64 Masonic Lodge and was also a member of the St. Martin's Episcopal Church. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and boating. He also enjoyed quiet time spent woodworking.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Betty Donnelly of Fairmont, Minn.; daughter, Linda Thoms of Naples, Fla.; two grandsons, Ryan Thoms and his wife, Heidi, and Jeremy Thoms and his wife Melissa and their son Jack; one sister-in-law, Ellen Henry; one brother-in-law, Russell Henry; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Larena Donnelly; a son-in-law, Fred Thoms; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Lee and a brother-in-law, James Lee.

The family requests memorial be given in Robert's name to the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Fairmont.



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