Mr. Donald K. LeGay
March 31, 1930 - January 15, 2010
Ex P.O.W. earned Purple Heart
Donald K. LeGay 79 of Lancaster died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 15, 2010 in UMass Medical Center Worcester. He was born on March 31, 1930 in Peterborough; N.H. was the son of Walter and Dazel (Murray) LeGay. He entered into the United States Army in 1947 and became a P.O.W. and was held by the Communist forces, the War Department reported him missing in action since Nov. 4, 1950, and was missing for 13 months before his family received a Christmas card from him December 19, 1951, and then a year later another letter arrived stating he was being treated well by the Chinese forces he was held captive for 3 years. Mr. LeGay earned the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge Carbine and the Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp. After returning from Korea, Mr. LeGay then did a tour in Vietnam where he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal after completing his 20 years in the Army he worked for American Con as a machinist for 20 + years before retiring. Mr. LeGay was a lifemember of the Leominster Sportmans Club, Leominster Rod & Gun Club, Gardner Eagles, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, American Ex. P.O.W.Association, Korean Ex P.O.W. Association, and Midstate Auto Club. He enjoyed gardening, loved playing shuffleboard at his summer camp Lamb City in Phillipston, MA, going to fairs, and traveling to his military reunions. He was honored as a Grand Marshall by the City of Leominster several years ago in the Johnny Appleseed Parade with Ex P.O.W. Arthur Gage, and also participated in the Memorial Day Veterans of Foreign Wars Service of Remembrance on Friday evenings for many years. He is survived by his wife of 4 ½ years Elaine (Caron) Maguy- LeGay of Lancaster, his two sons Kenneth M. LeGay and his wife Diana of Fitchburg, Martin "Chad" LeGay and his wife Dawn of Merrimack, NH, two daughters Jeanne Marie Ulliani and her husband Michael Harfst of Hudson, NH, Cheryl Ann Hamner and her husband Barry of Fleetwood, W.V. two brothers Joseph LeGay and his wife Madeline of Manchester, NH, James LeGay of Liberty Maine, a sister Gloria LeGay of Leominster, eight grandchildren Jessica LeGay, Amanda LeGay, Desiree Dwyer, Jeremy Ulliani, Lee Ulliani, Christopher Morin, Marianna Morin, Katie Belle LeGay, four great-grandchildren Kayle Stuart, Cody Stuart, Haylee Stuart, and Sebastian Ingram. He was predeceased by his first wife Constance "Connie" (Martin) LeGay in 1997, a brother Richard LeGay.
The funeral with Full Military Honors will be held on Tuesday January 19, 2010at 11:00 a.m. in the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St Leominster, burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery Leominster, calling hours will be Sunday evening January 17, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
In Lieu of flowers donations maybe made to Wounded Warrior Project
Service: Wright Roy Funeral Home
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery