Steven Shank, 43, son-in-law of Fountain woman

Steven Shank

Steven Michael Shank, 43, of Rochester, formerly of Iowa City, Iowa, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital, after courageously battling the complications of Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1975, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Sandra (Earle) Shank.

He graduated from City High School in Iowa City in 1994 and completed a bachelor of arts from Luther College in 1998.

He married Caren Shank on Sept. 17, 2005, in Rochester.

He worked as a manager at Hy-Vee stores in both Iowa and Minnesota. His welcoming presence and gregarious nature made him a community favorite at his stores.

He was an avid cyclist and rode in various fundraising events. He was blessed with more than two years of life following a double lung transplant in 2016. Post transplant, he used his spare time to raise awareness for organ donation, acting as an ambassador for Donate Life.

He is survived by his wife, Caren; children, Ani and Elliott; brother, Greg Shank of Otsego; mother-in-law, Eileen (Marvin) Klema of Fountain; sister-in-law, Jennifer Hanson of Austin, Texas and many good friends from childhood to adulthood.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Sandra Shank and his father-in-law, Dennis K. Hanson.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 11, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating.

Memorials are preferred to the family fund at

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