Donald “Donny” Villeneuve, age 46, of 1012 Washington Avenue, Escanaba, died unexpectedly, Sunday May 22, 2005, in Ionia, MI, of an apparent heart attack while traveling with his family.Donny was born June 23, 1958, in Escanaba, the son of Milton and Lorraine (Trombley). He was raised in Escanaba and graduated from the Escanaba Senior High School. Following his years in school, Donny went to work for the Lipinski Beverage Company in Escanaba. On August 25, 1984, Donny married the former Sandy Thone at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Together the couple moved to the Peshtigo area where Donny went to work for the Kaufman Distributing Company out of Marinette. Donny and Sandy remained in Peshtigo for 8 years before eventually relocating back to Escanaba where they resided and raised their children. Over the years, Donny was employed at the Halron Oil Company and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and watching his sons play baseball. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
His wife Sandy Villeneuve of Escanaba
3 Sons: Cody Villeneuve of Escanaba, MI; Travis Villeneuve of Escanaba, MI; Neil Villeneuve of Grand Rapids, MI
1 Daughter: Bethany Villeneuve of Escanaba, MI
1 Brother: John (Carol) Villeneuve of Rapid River, MI
1 Sister: Judi (Jared) Richards of Detroit, MI
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Milton and Lorraine, Donny was preceded in death by 1 niece, Michelle Villeneuve.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3:00PM to 6:30PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Donald J. Villeneuve will follow visitation, at 6:30PM, at the funeral home, with Fr. Mike Steber of the St. Anne Catholic Church officiating. Luncheon will follow at the Bethany Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Escanaba. Committal will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Villeneuve family for a fund to be established in the future. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Villeneuve family with arrangements.