Donald W. Clay

May 20, 1915 - April 26, 2019

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Secor Funeral Home
414 E. Main Street
New Washington , Ohio 44854

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church
422 W. Mansfield Street
New Washington , Ohio 44854

Donald W. Clay, age 103, resident of Oak Harbor, Ohio, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born on May 20, 1915, in Attica, Ohio, to the late John and Merle (Wurts) Clay. Donald worked in quality control at Clay Distributing Company. He was a volunteer fireman in New Washington, and a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Town Band, all in New Washington. In his early days, Donald enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, but most of all, going to his grandchildren's sporting, musical events, and relaxing on the pontoon boat.

He is survived by his son, Gregory Clay of Mansfield, Ohio; daughter, Karla (Thomas) Spangler of Oak Harbor, Ohio; five step children, Harriet (Steven) Lippert of Huron, Ohio, Jeff (Karen) Minich of Plymouth, Ohio, Mark (Jackie) Minich, of Cape Coral, Florida, John (Bev) Minich of Plymouth, Ohio, and Dolly (Brian) King of Castalia, Ohio; eighteen grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude (Karl) Clay; his second wife, Marie (Pfeiffer) Clay; and a brother, Everett Clay.

Family and friends may gather at the Secor Funeral Home in New Washington, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 11:00 AM, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in New Washington. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice of Sandusky, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, or the New Washington Fire Department. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


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Sharon Kay Moore - May 18, 2019
To Don's family - what can we say - one of the nicest guys ever! Of course, our main connection with Don was thru the New Washington, Ohio Town Band. He was one of the group that partied, so to speak, with us and other members of this band. We went to his 100th Birthday Party and I asked him, me Sharon, if I could hug him as I had never hugged a 100 yr. old man before and he said sure!! A good long fruitful life I would say!! Take care and many great memories of him! Gene and Sharon Moore
Lois Kehres - May 2, 2019
My deepest sympathy to all the family. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. May he Rest in Gods loving arms.
David and Nancy Clark - May 2, 2019
We heard so many wonderful stories about Grandpa Don through Angela and Mitchell! Sending our deepest condolences and love to your family at this time.
Matt, Marlys, Jack, & Drew Loyer - May 1, 2019
We are sad to miss celebrating Grandpa's life with you in person. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Philip and Sally Niedermier - Apr 30, 2019
Sarry to hear of your dads passing and know he lived a long and good life, you have our deepest sym
Sherry Long - Apr 29, 2019
Karla and family, so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. I am sure it is a great loss for all. My prayers are with you at this time.
Mark Ebbeskotte - Apr 29, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Don in the NW Band. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face and was a joy to be around. May your many wonderful memories of Don ease the pain in your aching hearts. You have my deepest sympathy and I will be keeping you in prayer.