Kevin K. Kratochvil

7/4/1961 — 7/1/2014

Kevin K. Kratochvil, age 52, of Farwell, Minnesota and formerly of Savage and Minneapolis died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home. Kevin was born on July 4, 1961 in Minneapolis the son of Dennis and Gloria (Berg) Kratochvil. Kevin was a former employee of Thrivent Financial.
He is survived by his daughter, Marissa; father, Dennis and brother, Kim. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Neil A. Ess

11/6/1946 — 6/29/2014

Neil A. Ess, age 67, of Shakopee, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Neil was born on November 6, 1946, the son of Walter and Viola (Arnold) Ess. He married Kathleen M. Olson on June 18, 1977, in Crystal, Minnesota. Neil was the former owner of BNK Masonry and was a member of the Minnesota Brick Layers Union. He was an avid fisherman and collector of fishing rods. Neil was a long time participant and lover of fantasy baseball.
Neil is survived by wife, Kathy; son, Tyler; brothers, Dale, Bob (Peggy), Tim; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maynard and Loretta Olson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dianna and Jerry Juelich; aunts, Evelyn Ess and Rosie Ess; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Viola; and brother, Dana.

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Diane M. (Dee Dee) Heinz

7/23/1950 — 6/25/2014

Diane M. Heinz, age 63, of Shakopee died on Thursday, June 25 at her home. She was born on July 23, 1950 in Arlington, Minnesota the daughter of Harold and Jayne (Halik) Heinz. Diane was an employee of Scott County.
She is survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister, Bruce (Joan) Heinz, Debra (Bill) Heyda and Charles Heinz; nieces and nephews, Preston (Molly) Heinz, Rachel Heinz, Jennifer (Shane) Olivier, Tiffany (Jim) O'Neil and Vanessa Heinz; great nephews, Hunter and Zack. Diane was preceded in death by her parents and great nephew, Brandon Schneider.

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Dylan Arthur Schmitz

2/26/2012 — 6/22/2014

Dylan Arthur Schmitz, age 2, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Sunday, June 22, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Dylan was born on February 26, 2012, in Shakopee, Minnesota, the son of Ryan and Erin (Tranby) Schmitz.
Dylan is survived by his parents, Erin and Ryan; brother, Zachary; grandparents, Kevin and Becky Tranby, Ken and Sharon Schmitz; aunts and uncles, Kari Tranby (Dan Zika), Ryan Tranby (Nicole), Keith Schmitz (Amber Karcher-Ramos), Jamie Schmitz (Brent Johnson); great-grandparents, Angeline Tranby, Irvin and Luverne Stang, Oswald and Delores Schmitz; cousin, Scarlett Ramos.
Dylan was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Lloyde and Ruby Bruggeman, Arthur Tranby.

Dylan woke up and went to bed with a smile on his face, and the smile only grew larger with every obstacle he faced. He enjoyed giving 'knucks', reading books, listening to and playing music, playing with his big brother along with cars and trains and being a social butterfly.

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Donald L. Tarr

8/29/1933 — 6/22/2014

Donald L. Tarr, age 80, of Shakopee died on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the Golden Living Health Care in Hopkins. Don was born on August 29, 1933 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Vern and Ione (Jackson) Tarr. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Don graduated from Aitkin High School and attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Science Degree from St. Cloud State University. He taught and coached in Crosby-Ironton and was an elementary principal for the Shakopee Public Schools. Don also served as an Adjunct Professor at Mankato State University. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed all sports as a player, coach and official.
He is survived by his children, David Tarr and partner Josh; Dianne Greenwood, Jeanne and husband Mark Foudray, Dina Scholl and husband Matt, Emily Tarr and Margaret Tarr; sister Muriel Groves; brother, Jerry Tarr and wife Betty; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Tarr, son-in-law, Jim Greenwood, brother-in-law, Vern Groves.

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Donald F. 'Don' Hennen

6/4/1937 — 6/19/2014

Donald F. 'Don' Hennen, age 77, of Shakopee, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Don was born on June 4, 1937, in Shakopee, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (Hentges) Hennen. He married Shirley Lenzmeier on June 18, 1960, at Church of St. Mark in Shakopee.
For 44 years, Don worked for Anchor Glass in Shakopee. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, and fishing. Don also enjoyed playing baseball, and had been a longtime youth baseball coach in Shakopee. Don was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Shakopee.
Don loved spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Lenzmeier); son, Dan (Norie); daughters, Laurie (Jim) Haeg, Lisa (Randy) Kubes, Linda (Lance) Hespenheide; grandchildren, Megan and Emily Hennen, Anna, Bubba and Sarah Kubes, Daniel, Lauren and Brooke Hespenheide; brother, Jim; sister, Barb Thomas; sister-in-law, Sharon (Tom) Veglahn; many nieces and nephews. Preceded by parents, Albert and Elizabeth; brothers, Wally and Leon.

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Kathy Ann Dyess

1/14/1950 — 6/17/2014

Kathy Ann Dyess, age 64, of Shakopee, passed away on June 17, 2014 after a courageous two and a half year battle against ovarian cancer.
Survived by daughter, Emily; brother, Bradley Borchardt (Judy); nephew, Ben Borchardt (Crystal Churchill); and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth and Roland Borchardt.
Kathy was born in New Prague, MN, on Jan. 14, 1950, and grew up in Shakopee, where she was valedictorian of the Shakopee H.S. class of 1968. She went on to study Biology at St. Olaf College, and received a bachelor's degree in 1972. After college, she spent 12 years as an educator while living in Stillwater, MN; Huron, SD; and El Paso, TX. While in Texas, she also worked for 5 years in medical research for the Health & Sciences Department at the Univ. of Texas, San Antonio. Kathy moved back to Minnesota, where she worked as an adjunct faculty member and lab supervisor at St. Catherine's University for a semester, followed by serving as an Environmentalist for both Scott County (5 years) and Carver County (16 years). Kathy's hobbies included, reading, music, photography, gardening, singing, and traveling. She was a loving and compassionate mother to Emily. She will be remembered also for her genuine warmth and engaging personality.

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James Michael 'Mike' Cheney

5/2/1945 — 6/16/2014

James Michael Cheney, 'Mike', age 69, of Shakopee, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Hopkins, Minnesota.
Mike was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 2, 1945, the son of James and Alice (Fagan) Cheney. Mike married Mary Lou Haas, and together they had 2 daughters.
He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and had worked as a parts manager for RMS Machinery in Savage.
Mike enjoyed broadcasting and talking as an amateur radio broadcaster. He also enjoyed golfing, baseball, the peace and quiet of fishing, his dogs, having a beer and spending time with his friends on the deck.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Sarah (Justin) Meagher, Dianne Cheney (Morgan Southard); grandchildren, Woody James and Bode Orion; sister, Patricia (Jim) Hoogervorst. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Linda.

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Eugene Thomas Connelly

7/10/1927 — 6/14/2014

Eugene Thomas Connelly, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, age 86, of Savage, passed away peacefully at home on June 14, 2014.
Gene was born on July 10, 1927, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of John and Anna (Loftus) Connelly. Gene grew up on the family farm in Savage, MN, where he enjoyed working the land. This is where he established his work ethic and learned his joy and appreciation for the natural and simple things in life. His love of polka music brought him to Herman's Hall in Lonsdale, where he met the love of his life, Edith Skluzacek. They exchanged wedding vows on October 12, 1954 in Lonsdale, MN.
Gene was drafted into the Army at the end of WWII, serving our country for 2 years. He was also a member of the Savage Dan Patch American Legion Post 643.
Along with farming, Gene also worked for the State of Minnesota as a Grain Sampler. In 1989, he retired after 32 years of working from sun-up to sun-down. At this time, he was able to enjoy sitting under the shade trees with his dog by his side.
Gene was known for his gift to gab, love of history, sense of humor, and for his one-liners. He was a true Irishman who sure knew how to have a good time.
Gene is survived by his wife, Edith; children, Jane (Greg) Connelly Smith, Diane (Kevin) Gerdes, Margaret (Richard) Duckstad, Marilyn Schnacky (special friend, Richard Tutewohl, Lori (Larry) Russell, John (Rachel) Connelly, Theresa (Tom) Spicer, Betty (Paul) Firman, Julie (Tony) Jelle; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Connelly; brothers, John Joseph and Gerald Connelly; sisters, Mary Ellen Smith and Joann Hennes.

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Robert D. Desrosier

2/24/1943 — 6/14/2014

Robert D. Desrosier, age 71, of Shakopee, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at his residence.
Born on February 24, 1943, in Crookston, Minnesota, the son of Leo and Crystal Desrosier. Robert was married to Elaine (Heath) Tollefson. For over 20 years Robert did field maintenance for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
Survivors include, Elaine Tollefson, his children, Debbie, Christopher, Michelle, and Tyrel; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 4 sisters.

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