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Obituaries from the week of Dec. 30, 2009

Allen D. Prouty, 67

Allen D. Prouty, age 67 of Tracy went home to be with the Lord, in the presence of his loving wife and children on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.  Funeral services were held Saturday, December 26, at the Victory Christian Church in Balaton. Interment was in the Tracy City Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  The Tracy Area Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Allen D. Prouty was born October 12, 1942 in Tracy, Minnesota to John Louis and Ruth Lorraine (Johnson) Prouty.  He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  Allen grew up on the family farm 4 ½ miles North of Tracy.  He attended school at District 36 country school, and Tracy High School.  Allen was united in marriage to Sandra Phipps, and to this union 3 children were born: Michelle, Sue, and Shawn.  Allen worked for AAA as a salesman, and worked various sales jobs around the area.  Later in his life, Allen attended Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, OK.  On May 31, 2003, Allen was united in marriage to Tamara Henderson.  Allen was a faithful member of Victory Christian Church in Balaton.  He was a prolific journal writer, and was very artistic; making many works of art out of various mediums.  Allen enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and the beauty of God’s creation.  He loved and enjoyed his family and grandchildren.  Allen loved the Lord and was a man of great faith.

Allen is survived by his wife Tammy Henderson-Prouty of Tracy; daughters: Michelle Prouty of Marshall and Susette (Mark) Swedberg of Mankato; 3 stepchildren: Tonya (Charles) Keith, Joe Tomaszewski, and Stacy (Cory) St. Pierre; 5 grandchildren: Nichole, Alisha, Kelli Jo, Lyndsey, and Taylor; 10 stepgrandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren: Hailey, McKenzie, Cooper, Ethan Allen, Leigha, Khole, and Kaden.  He is also survived by his siblings: Joanne (Wayne) Carter of Currie, twin brother Arthur Prouty of Apple Valley, sister Lezlee Prouty of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law Kay Prouty of Redwood Falls; brother-in-law Charles Peltola of Currie; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Shawn; grandson Jeremiah Trei; brother James Prouty; sister Patricia Peltola; and son-in-law Jon Trei.



Clinton Shaw, 84

Clinton Leroy Shaw age 84 of Tracy passed away on Monday, December 28, 2009 at the Golden Living Center in Wabasso.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009  at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be held at noon until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church in Tracy with a 12:00 p.m. CCW and Knights of Columbus Rosary service.  Interment is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy.  Email condolences may be sent via  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Clinton Leroy Shaw was born November 16, 1925 in Holly Township, Murray County, MN near Dovray to Roy and Hazel (Severson) Shaw.  He was baptized in the Catholic faith and made his first communion and confirmation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  Clinton attended country school in Holly Township.  As a young man, he worked as a farm laborer for 10 years from 1940-1950. 

On July 10, 1947, Clinton was united in marriage to Augusta Verstraete at St. Mary’s parsonage in Tracy.  In 1951, Clinton worked as a wholesale and retail distributor for Springfield and Oak Grove Dairies until 1964.  He also drove school bus and worked on the railroad part time.  In 1967, he began employment as Fertilizer plant manager for Standard Oil in Revere, MN, and in 1968 was transferred to the Tracy plant where he worked until 1978 when he retired due to health problems.  He also worked as an Electrolux Vacuum salesman for 40 years. 

Clinton played baseball for the Tracy Engineers and also managed the team for a couple years.    Clinton was a member of the Tracy Lions Club, the Plum Creek Saddle Club and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed bowling, dancing, watching the Twins, and spending time with his family and friends.  He also loved working with his horses and watching his children and grandchildren’s activities.  He had a smile that could light up the room, and was well liked by all who knew him.

Clinton is survived by his children: Ronald (Cheryl) Shaw of St. Paul, Bruce Shaw of Shakopee, and Cindy (Tom) Rignell of Tracy; grandchildren: Wade, Derek and Taylor Rignell and Kevin and Kimberly Shaw; great grandson Rocco; four brothers: Curtis (Dolores) Shaw of Garvin, Kenneth (Donna) Shaw of Tracy, Robert (Lois) Shaw of Gilbert, AZ, and Lee Shaw of Marshall; sister Linda Shaw of Tracy; and many other relatives and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Augusta, two brothers and three sisters.