Hoven: Jay Leo Duenwald, surrounded by his family, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, due to complications from Parkinson's disease at his home on the farm southwest of Hoven.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hoven, with Father Kevin Doyle, celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the John J. Peters American Legion Post No. 159 of Hoven.
A wake service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony’s, with visitation beginning at 5 p.m.
Jay was born Feb. 26, 1937, to Leo A. and M. Frances (Sons) Duenwald in Bowdle. He graduated from Hoven High School with the Class of 1955, and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering at South Dakota State University, where he met the love of his life, Agnes Mack of Kranzburg. They were married on June 25, 1962, at Holy Rosary Church in Kranzburg. Jay was then drafted and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He returned to farm with his brother, Bill, and parents on the family farm. Together, he and Agnes raised eight children; his highest earthly consideration was his family.
A Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus (KCs), Jay served as Grand Knight, District Deputy and also as the KCs’ highest state officer, State Deputy. He was South Dakota's delegate to the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) from 1988-2011 and held the vice-chairman position on the NRLC board of directors. He was also vice-president, president and regional director of the South Dakota Right to Life (SDRTL) board and served as president of the S.D. Pro-Life Committee PAC. SDRTL honored Jay in 2011 with its Humanitarian of the Year Award.
In 1996, Jay was elected into the South Dakota House of Representatives, where he served for six years. He was then elected in 2002 to the South Dakota Senate, where he served six more years until declining health kept him from serving. He was the House Majority Whip from 1999-2002 and Senate Majority Whip from 2005-06.
Jay was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hoven, where he was a lector, extraordinary Eucharistic minister, CCD teacher and served on the Parish Council and St. Anthony’s School Board. He served as the Holy Infant Hospital Board chairman and volunteered as its administrator for several years. He was a member of the Hoven Service Club, which named him Citizen of the Year in 1997. Jay was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and was a hunter safety instructor for many years. Music was a large part of his life; through the years he sang lead tenor with various barbershop quartets, was a National FFA chorus member, and sang for numerous weddings and funerals.
Jay is survived by his wife, Agnes (Mack) Duenwald of Hoven; sons: Ernest (Jan) Duenwald of Mitchell and Eric (Alicia) Duenwald of Hoven; daughters: Peggy (Tom) Kapusta of Sioux Falls, Valerie (Rick) Johnson of Mitchell, Katie Duenwald of Pierre, Susan (Mike) Gutenkauf of Aberdeen, Betsy (Scott) Madsen of Aberdeen and Karen (Mike) Rickert of Pierre; and 17 grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Bill (Gloria) Duenwald and Mary Lou (Bob) Keller of Hoven and Nancy Duenwald of Aberdeen; in-laws: Paul Mack of New Richmond, Wis., David (Lou Ann) Mack of Springfield, Ill., and Jeanette Mack of Watertown; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and aunt, Agnes (Sons) Krogman.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Royal (Bonnie) Duenwald, Eileen (Al) Weber and Cleo (Leo) Sabota.
Casketbearers will be David Weber of Maple Grove, Minn., Tom Duenwald of Pella, Iowa, Bill Keller and Marty Mack of Watertown, Mike Mack of Rhinelander, Wis., and Ben Duenwald of Hoven.
Memorials are preferred to South Dakota Right to Life (SDRTL) and St. Anthony’s Church in Hoven.
Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle is in charge of arrangements.