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Steve McKenna

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On October 12, 2021 @ 4:47 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 6 Comments

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Steve Mckenna of Jordan, formerly of Coon Rapids, 54, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021. A public visitation will be held at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. A private family funeral will take place at 6:00 PM following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated at the discretion of the family.

Steve was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 8th, 1967, to parents George Mckenna and Janet Crawford-Swenson. Most of Steve’s childhood was spent in Coon Rapids, where he enjoyed playing baseball and spending time with friends and his sister, mom and Stepdad, Jerry. Steve graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1985 and joined the Air Force, where he served from 1986- 1990. He then attended Mankato State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Steve lived in Mankato for many years, where he enjoyed playing in softball leagues and making memories with friends. His career led him to start a new restaurant and bar in Prior Lake. While starting up his new business, Steve met his Fiancé, Erin, through mutual friends. The pair instantly hit it off and sparked a 13-year long relationship. In 2011 Steve and Erin were blessed with the birth of their daughter Riley.

Eventually, Steve’s career path led him back to the accounting field, where he landed at Hemple Real Estate as the Vice President of Accounting and Asset management.

In recent years Steve shared his love for Minnesota Sports teams with Erin and Riley. They enjoyed going to Wild games and Twins games as a family. Steve also had a passion for riding his motorcycle. When the weather was nice, Steve and Erin enjoyed going on rides together throughout Minnesota. Steve and Riley bonded over Star Wars, Magic the Gathering, and music.

Witty, hard-working and caring, Steve will be missed by his fiancé, Erin Hindt; daughter, Riley Mckenna; Mother, Janet Crawford-Swenson; Stepfather, Jerry Swenson; sister Michelle (Dan) Fahland; and nieces Courtney, Kelsey, Ashley and Calley. Steve is preceded in death by his father, George H. McKenna.

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Condolence from Cheryl J. Anthony on October 13th, 2021 10:12 am

To Erin & Riley,

Know that you are kept close in many peoples’ hearts. May you be comforted by this, now and always.

Steve was (how hard it is to use the past tense) one of the best bosses I’ve had in a long and varied work-life.
I appreciated his wit, his straight-shooting in dealing with others, and his collection of Funko Pop action figures. He could always make me smile. I’m grateful to have enjoyed his company.

Cheryl J. Anthony

Condolence from Stephine Hill (Holloway) on October 13th, 2021 11:21 am

Steve will be greatly missed. From a former collegue of Sherman Associates, he was great to work with and had a great personality. I send my condolences to the family.

Condolence from Erik Pettersen on October 13th, 2021 9:09 pm

I worked with Steve for several years at Sherman Associates. We had so many inside jokes and he made the work environment very enjoyable, even though we had a busy schedule there. Steve genuinely cared and was concerned about the other people he worked with and I personally owe him a lot of gratitude. He was a tremendous leader and had a very diverse set of interests; he was knowledgeable and accomplished at everything from sports to motorcycles to accounting to nerd-type games to being a DJ. Steve will be missed by anyone who had the good fortune to meet him. Through our sadness, we will always have our memories of him and the positive impact he had on those around him.

Condolence from Chris and Laura Williams on October 15th, 2021 11:32 am

To Steve’s family,
Please know that his friends down here in Southern Minnesota are going to miss him. Steve was in our wedding 21 years ago. Though we may have drifted apart, he will be forever in our hearts. Hugs and God bless you all.

Condolence from Laura Grabow & Nicole Strong on October 19th, 2021 3:25 pm

To Steve’s Family,
We are saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Please know that we cherish the memories of Steve in our hearts and offer our comfort and sympathy to all of you.

Condolence from BRUCE B HARRIES on October 19th, 2021 8:04 pm

Erin , so sorry for your loss. – Bruce and Valerie

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