Preston Allen McKeon, 64, of Fountain, Minn., died peacefully in his dwelling on Monday, September 12, 2022, surrounded by his spouse and two sons, after a fierce however transient battle in opposition to liver most cancers.
Preston was born to James McKeon Sr. and Lois (Gilmartin) McKeon on November 25, 1957. He grew up east of Rochester, later shifting to Byron along with his household. He graduated from Byron Excessive College in 1977. He attended Winona Space Technical Institute, finishing a certificates in Gross sales & Administration in 1980. Preston hung out touring across the nation, then headed to the West Coast the place he determined to enlist within the Navy.
Preston enlisted within the U.S. Navy in June 1981. He accomplished primary coaching in San Diego, Calif., and was stationed at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey and later, Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. Preston advised his household and buddies many tales of his expertise as a navigator on the united statesSuribachi ammunitions ship and the united statesCharles F. Adams guided missile destroyer. The ships traveled as far west as Bahrain and Pakistan. He earned an expeditionary medal for his service within the Grenada navy operation of 1983. He was honorably discharged in 1985 with the rank of Quartermaster Third Class.
After serving within the Navy, he continued his navy service within the Military Nationwide Guard of Minnesota, enlisting in 1986. He was stationed out of Rochester and was honorably discharged in Could 1989 with Specialist Rank.
Preston additionally labored many retail jobs. His household was a mainstay at Bilotti’s Italian Village, a well-liked restaurant in Rochester, and Preston labored on the restaurant throughout his highschool years by the late Nineteen Nineties. Preston’s mom was often known as “The Pizza Girl” there and Preston might bake a pizza almost nearly as good as his mom’s pies.
Household was Preston’s basis in his grownup years. His son Joshua McKeon was born in 1988. Preston persevered to work by the courtroom system as a single father and at last achieved sole custody of his son in June 1994. He met his future spouse Kimberly Kramer that exact same day, and so they have been a pair ever since. They married in December 1995. Their son Luke McKeon was born quickly thereafter in 1997.
Preston continued quite a lot of employment through the early years of their marriage, however his dedication to fatherhood guided him to grow to be the household’s full-time keep at dwelling mother or father. He was ever diligent on this parenting, assembly college bus schedules, attending parent-teacher conferences, driving to all sports activities practices and training varied soccer and baseball groups. He was discovered at almost each sporting occasion for each of his sons; if lacking from one, it was solely as a result of he was attending the opposite son’s sport.
Preston was baptized as an grownup in 1995 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minn. He and Kim have been married there later that very same 12 months, and the household attended all of the years thereafter till shifting to Fountain Township in 2016. Throughout these church years, Preston was lively as an assistant minister and usher.
Upon shifting to rural Fountain, the couple named their homestead Sugar Creek Ranch. Preston loved the garden mowing, lumberjacking and land upkeep there. Kim retired in January 2022. Thereafter, Preston was typically heard to inform her, “I take pleasure in being retired with you.”
Preston loved journey. The McKeon household traveled all through the U.S., visiting many Nationwide Parks and cities. They owned an RV, touring throughout the nation with it or simply tenting domestically with buddies. The household returned yearly to St. Maarten for a number of years. Kim and Preston additionally traveled to Europe, Alaska and Hawaii.
Preston will at all times be remembered for his hospitality, partaking smile, heat hugs, good jokes, nice tales and generosity. He was at all times keen to fulfill new buddies and neighbors, and he remembered almost everybody’s title. He remained a Christian all through his life, sporting a medal with the inscription, “Be sturdy within the Lord, for his energy is mighty” (Ephesians 6:10) proper up till his demise.
Preston is survived by his spouse Kim, sons Joshua (Janie) and Luke, father James McKeon Sr., siblings James McKeon Jr. (Kathy), John McKeon, Glenn (Brenda) McKeon, Mary (Tim) Hickey, and Lois (Mike) Sorenson; half-siblings Sean (Bawn) Kazos, Casey Kazos, Brad Kazos, and Angie Kazos-Turner; and plenty of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in demise by his mom Lois McKeon Kazos.
Memorial providers for Preston might be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wykoff, Minn., with Pastor Michael Harman officiating. Visitation might be held on Friday, September 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Dwelling in Wykoff and can proceed for one hour on the church previous to the service on Saturday.
Burial might be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20 on the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn.
Any financial items may be supplied to Olmsted Medical Middle Basis or Seasons Hospice. The household suggests one of the simplest ways to honor Preston’s life is to observe ongoing kindness and love on your neighbor.
On-line condolences could also be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com.