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McKenna, James "Nate" (1925-2019)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 11/11/2019 at 22:07:20

James "Nate" McKenna
July 2, 1925 - August 8, 2019

James "Nate" McKenna, age 94, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Nate was born on July 2, 1925, in Storm Lake, Iowa, to John Hubert and Sarah Grace (Coyle) McKenna. Baptized and later confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake, Iowa, he remained a lifelong member. He, also, belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters for seventy-eight years. In 1942 at age 16, Nate graduated from Providence Consolidated High School in Sulphur Springs, Iowa. In 1946, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Philippines and South Korea during World War II and after. On February 22, 1955, Nate married Deloris Nehring. Subsequently, they were blessed with seven children: Patrick, Joseph, Jane, Ruth, Anne, Beth, and Joyce. Before retiring, Nate farmed in the Storm Lake area with his brothers. In addition, he enjoyed playing cards with his wife and friends.

Nate’s survivors include his children: Patrick (Shannon) McKenna and Joseph (Angela) McKenna, all of Storm Lake, Iowa, Jane (Marshall) Langner, of Knoxville, Iowa, Ruth (Jeffrey) Thielges, of Canby, Minnesota, Anne (Christopher) Webber, of Haysville, Kansas, Beth (Mark) Fischer, of Ghent, Minnesot, and Joyce (Mark) Falck, of Alta, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren: Michelle (Shane) Schreck, of Alta, Iowa; Michael, Samantha Jo, and Joshwell McKenna, all of Storm Lake, Iowa; Joel Nate (Mireille) McKenna, of Ankeny, Iowa; Jeffrey (Lisa) Langner, of Knoxville, Iowa; Ashley (Alex) Baker, of Concord, North Carolina; Kayla Thielges of Canby, Minnesota; Kacie (Blake) Haugen of Canby, Minnesota; Stephanie (Jon) Farmer, of Goddard, Kansas; Douglas (Rachel) Fischer, of Ghent, Minnesota; Craig Fischer, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Lauren Falck, and Conrad Falck, both of Alta, Iowa; even great-grandchildren: Brayden Karpan, Bella Karpan, Lincoln Mattson, and Gunnar Schreck, all of Alta, Iowa; Trevor Langner, of Knoxville, Iowa; Jaden Haugen, of Canby, Minnesota; and Bentley Farmer, of Goddard, Kansas; two step-grandchildren: Tiffany (Dave) George, of Bondurant, Iowa; and Jeremey (Jana) Shuey, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; Seven step great-grandchildren: Quinn Alexander, Kierstyn, Allee, and Brody George of Bondurant, Iowa; Kael, Jax, and Kenley Shuey, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska; and his nieces and nephews: Phyllis (McCoppin) Coffee, Dennis McCoppin, Bevery (McCoppin) Bornholdt, and David McCoppin and their families; and John, Frank, Dan, Ben, and Jim Demers and their families.

Nate was preceded into death by his wife, Deloris; his parents, John and Sarah Grace McKenna; his grandson, William Langner; his brothers: Frank, Tom, Linus, and Vince McKenna; his sisters, Mary McCoppin and Margaret Demers; his brothers-in-law: Albert Demers; Forrest McCoppin; Delwin, Alvin, Arlin, Eldon, Melvin Nehring; Marlin Plumhoff and Edgar Ehlers; his sisters-in-law: Rosella and Helen Nehring; Elnora Plumhoff; and Marcella Ehlers; a nephew, Ed Demers; and two nieces, Elizabeth McCoppin and Theresa Demers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2019, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m., all at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in STORM LAKE. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, Storm Lake, Iowa, 2019.


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