Steven Michael Shank, 1998

Spring 2019 (May 16, 2019)

Steven Michael Shank, 1998

Steven Michael Shank, 43, of Rochester, Minn., formerly of Iowa City, Iowa, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at St. Mary's Hospital, after courageously battling the complications of Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. Steve was blessed with over two years of life following a double lung transplant in 2016.

Steve was born Dec. 2, 1975, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Ronald and Sandra (Earle) Shank. He graduated from City High in 1994 and completed a bachelor of arts from Luther College in 1998. He married Caren Shank ‘02 on Dec. 17, 2005, in Rochester, Minn.

Steve 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. Steve was an avid cyclist and rode in various fundraising events. Post-transplant, Steve used his spare time to raise awareness for organ donation, acting as an ambassador for Donate Life.

He is survived by his wife, Caren (Hanson) Shank ‘02; children, Ani and Elliott; brother, Greg Shank of Otsego, Minn.; mother-in-law, Eileen (Marvin) Klema of Fountain, Minn.; sister-in-law, Jennifer Hanson of Austin, Texas; and so many good friends from childhood to adulthood. Steve was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dorothy and Harold Shank; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Genevieve Earle; his parents, Ronald and Sandra Shank; and his father-in-law, Dennis K. Hanson.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 11, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Rochester, Minn., with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Memorials are preferred to the family fund at Online condolences are welcome at