Dennis McClay, of Mora, formerly of the Metro, died on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 74 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at Grace Lutheran Church of Mora, on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 3 PM with Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiating.
A VISITATION will be held at 2 PM, one hour prior to the service on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church of Mora.
Dennis Eugene McClay of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on August 8, 2010 at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. He was 74 years old.
Dennis was born December 4, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clayton and Catherine (Rothenberger) McClay. He attended West High School in Minneapolis and later served in the National Guard.
He met Mary Joan Ahrendt at the Marigold Ballroom on April 25, 1959 and they were married exactly one year later in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar, Minnesota. Dennis and Joan began their lives together in Minneapolis, and then spent a year in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They purchased their first home in Hopkins and eight years later built a home in Minnetonka, where they lived for 31 years and raised their four children. Looking forward to retirement, they bought their home in Arthur Township on the Snake River about ten years ago.
Dennis loved to travel and his career-life pretty much involved covering the five state area through some form of sales. He had a short stint working for the Great Northern Railroad, Neal Slate Co., and Pepsi Cola. Shortly after he married he settled in as a route delivery person for Groves-Kelco Inc., and worked up to salesman, supervisor, and finally to a merchandiser. After a good number of years, he accepted a job with Gateway Foods in La Crosse and almost moved there. He didn’t want to be a buyer who was tied to a desk, so he moved to Sonody Supply Co. in Willmar where he worked as a district supervisor and V.P. of Sales. Several years later he was hired by Minter-Wiseman Co. to set up a non-food program of products to be sold at grocery stores. He always wanted to own his own business, so he bought the Edina Superette. He soon found that too confining, sold it, and went back in to sales with Twin Cities Greetings.
Dennis liked having fun. He loved gatherings, three day weekends with the family, weeks up at Lake Vermillion or Brainerd, Sunday’s at Taylors Falls, trading time-shares to be Oceanside, canoeing up and down stream, boating, water skiing, nature walks, football, hockey, grilling, and all kinds of food. If he could share any of the above with a dog, it was so much better. In his adult years that would be a poodle.
Dennis is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Shaun McClay of Crystal, sons Terry (Kim) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Dennis (Diana) of Shakopee; and Kevin (Rachelle) of Langhorne, PA; Seven Grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.