Tracy McCabe, 52, formerly of Burr Oak, Iowa

Tracy McCabe

Tracy Joe McCabe, 52, of Princeton, Minn., formerly of Burr Oak, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at his home. 

He was born on Aug. 29, 1966, in Decorah, Iowa, to Joey and Dawn (Wright) McCabe.

He attended North Winneshiek High School, lettering in track and basketball. He was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and elected class treasurer as a senior. He also received the Iowa State Bars American Citizenship Award his senior year and graduated with the class of 1985.

He attended Iowa State University, graduating in December 1989 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology.

While at ISU, he was an active member of the Air Force ROTC from 1985 to 1987, reaching the highest possible rank of cadet master sergeant in his division of the Corps. He became a flight sergeant, first sergeant and Arnold Air Society comptroller. He represented the Corps on the Science and Humanities Council. He was also a member of the Color Guard, Arnold Air Society and the prestigious Phantom Drill Team.

He received a number of awards in the AFROTC such as the distinctive GMC award, the Athletic Excellence Award, the American Veterans Award and a letter of Commendation. His dream was to attend flight school and serve in the Air Force as a pilot, but due to health reasons, he was unable to continue the program.

After ISU graduation, he moved to the Minneapolis metropolitan area where he worked jobs in the IT field. He was working as a senior network engineer with Optum Technology/United Health Group for the last 15 years until his death.

He enjoyed doing woodworking projects, being outdoors and working in his yard. He was extremely proud of his yard and all the landscaping areas he had designed. Other hobbies included shooting pool, watching the stock markets, playing the lottery, collecting coins and learning to play guitar.

He is survived by his parents, Joey (Mary) McCabe of Burr Oak, Iowa, and Dawn Hewitt of Spring Grove; four sisters, Brenda Leibold (Brian Zweibohmer) of Ossian, Iowa, Heather (Jerry) Frey of Decorah, Iowa, Naycia (Mike) Dotzler of Cresco, Iowa and Twyla (Wade) Marlow of Marquette, Iowa; stepbrother, Steve Lundtvedt of Decorah, Iowa; stepsister, Nancy (Lane) Swalve of Ankeny, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Tanner Heins, Hunter Leibold, Brinley Leibold, McKenzie (Andres) Acosta, Teesha Frey, Delaynee Frey, Jocelyn Marlow, Nathan Marlow, Elise Swalve and Corinne Swalve and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Eugene and Clara McCabe and Vernon and Bayonne Wright and a brother-in-law, Jay Heins.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Private burial followed in the Burr Oak Cemetery.