GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Monday, August 25, 2003

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Donald S. LaTray

 

ANACONDA -- Former Chinook resident Donald S. LaTray, 80, of Anaconda, a World War II Army veteran, died of natural causes Friday at his home.

Vigil service is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Longfellow Finnegan Funeral Home in Anaconda. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church, with burial in New Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Maxine LaTray; daughters Donna Dickson, Doris and Delinda LaTray, and Diane Joy; brothers Paul LaTray, Alex LaTray and Harold LaTray; sisters Clara Nordberg and Alice Schnabel; one grandson and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara; a grandson and a great-grandchild

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MONTANA STANDARD--- BUTTE, MT Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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Donald LaTray, 80

Donald LaTray, 80

In memoriam

ANACONDA Donald S. LaTray of Anaconda died Friday at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born to William and Jenny (Gardipee) LaTray on
Nov. 1, 1922, in Chinook. He was raised and schooled in Chinook and worked on various ranches around the area before entering the military.

Donald entered the Army in 1943, Company C 317th Infantry, and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. He served in
Northern France, D-Day Campaign, Luxembourg Campaign, Battle of the Bulge and invasion of Germany. He was wounded three times: Valmont, France, in November 1944, Bachy, France, in November 1944, and Luxembourg-France in January 1945. He received the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star, Bronze Star, European Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. Donald was a marksman with the M1 Rifle and Bar Course A, and was issued the Lapel Button

upon his discharge on

Jan. 11, 1946.

He and Maxine Doney were married in March 1950, and made their home in Anaconda. He worked for the Anaconda Co. at the mines in
Butte, and from 1952 until retirement at the Anaconda Smelter.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Maxine; daughters, Donna Dickson, Doris and Delinda LaTray, and Diane (Jerome) Joy; grandson, Donnie Lynn; great-grandchildren, Donnie Lynn Jr., Darian and Kendey Dickson, and Jonell Norris; brothers, Paul (Ruby) LaTray, Alex (Rose) LaTray and Harold (Pat) LaTray; sisters, Clara (Melvin) Nordberg, Alice (Marvin) Schnabel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one sister, daughter, Barbara, grandson, Donnie Dickson, and one great-grandchild.

His favorite pastime was playing pinochle at the Senior Citizens center, taking care of his horses and cows, spending time with family, playing practical jokes and helping others.

The Parish Vigil Service will be held in the Longfellow Finnegan Funeral Home Tuesday at
7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at

10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.

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