Michael James Kean, 91, of Stewartville, died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since July of last year.
He was born on Aug. 13, 1924, in Dawson, Neb., to Jeremiah and Florence (Armbruster) Kean.
He grew up on the family farm, attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Dawson High School in 1943.
After graduation, he farmed with his dad.
He married Rose Marie Wernimont on Sept. 9, 1948, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, Iowa.
Following their marriage, the couple lived on a farm in rural Dawson, Neb. In 1957, they moved with their four children to rural Grand Meadow, where they continued to farm.
Their children graduated from Grand Meadow High School, and they all attended St. Finbarr's Catholic Church. While farming, he worked part-time at Bob Gross's Garage and the American Legion Club, in Grand Meadow. After their retirement in 1989, he and his wife moved to Stewartville and became members of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. In retirement, he became a gardener, growing vegetables that he enjoyed sharing with family and friends. He also spent time gathering and cracking black walnuts. He and his wife enjoyed dancing, traveling, playing cards, fishing, steak fries with friends, and time spent at family gatherings.
He is survived by his wife, Rose of Stewartville; two daughters, Ann (Marvin) Anderson of Chatfield and Linda (Terry) Behrens of Byron; two sons; Mark (Sherry) Kean of Fountain and Allan (Sue) Kean of Cottage Grove; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Jake) Bosley of Richfield, Minn., Nathan, Ryan and Jared Kean of St. Paul, Taletha (Colby) Skar of Middleton, Wis., Erica Behrens of Iowa City, Iowa and Rachel Behrens of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; two great-granddaughters, Elliana Skar and Greta Bosley; one sister, Alice Litherland of Falls City, Neb.; two brothers, Frank Kean of Omaha, Neb., and Philip Kean of Dawson, Neb.; a special cousin, Barbara Ramsey of Dawson, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred and Mary and his brother, Paul.
The Mass of Christian Burial for him was held Saturday, April 23, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.