Delvin Edward “Del” Domagala, 79, Luverne, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 23, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial was at the St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne.
Delvin Domagala was born March 18, 1938, to Edward and Ruby (Pederson) Domagala on a farm near Lake Preston, South Dakota. He lived there for four years and then the family moved to the Domagala homestead near Erwin, South Dakota. Del attended country school during his grade school years before moving to Bryant, South Dakota, where he graduated from high school. After high school he farmed the Domagala homestead for eight years.
Del married Eileen Greene on Sept. 7, 1957, in DeSmet, South Dakota. In 1964 the family moved to Madison, South Dakota, where Del worked for the city of Madison in the waste water treatment plant. He also worked for a plumbing and heating company in Madison. In the fall of 1972, they moved to Luverne where they remained for the remainder of their lives. Del worked for the city of Luverne in the water and wastewater treatment plants. He retired from there in 2000. He then worked part time for the city of Ellsworth.
He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne where he was very active in the Knights of Columbus and was a Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree. Del was active in many community organizations during his life, including the Minnesota and Southwest Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association, the Luverne Optimist Club, the Minnesota Pollution Control Association and the Luverne Hockey Club Building Committee. He enjoyed spending many hours at the arena watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play hockey.
Del is survived by his wife, Eileen Domagala, Luverne; six children, Faye (Gordon) Bremer, Luverne, Doug Domagala, Hills, Larry Domagala, Luverne, Sharon Kessler, Luverne, Wayne Domagala, Luverne, Geni Domagala, Brandon, South Dakota, and Gary Domagala, Brandon, South Dakota; 11 grandchildren, Kelly (Nick) Cleveringa, Whitney (Jesse) Lafrenz, Savanna (Eric) Teune, Nicholas (Amy) Domagala, Nathan (Alyssa) Domagala, Natalie (friend, Rachel) Domagala, Angela (Jason) Clark, Sara (Brad) Whipple, Sadie Kessler, Logan Domagala and Dalton Domagala; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Rita Domagala, Adrian; Jan Domagala, Cottage Grove; and Beverly (Vinal) Christopherson, Paynesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Merecie Domagala; an infant sister, Faye, two brothers, Lyle and Leroy Domagala; and two sisters, Rose Gustafson and Geneva Ladwig.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hospice Cottage in Luverne.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com.