Dan Steenblock

Dan Steenblock

Dan SteenblockDaniel Steenblock, age 76 of Redwood Falls, passed away Monday, August 5, 2019 at his home.  Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.  Burial will take place in Rochester at a later date.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Daniel Robert Steenblock was born February 24, 1943 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to Clarence and Goldie (Lokach) Steenblock.  He attended school in Rochester and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1961.  On March 9, 1962, Dan enlisted in the US Army.  He played trumpet in the 5th Army band.  He was honorably discharged on March 8, 1965.  Following his military service, Dan lived in the Twin Cities for several years and played in the Freddie Powers Band.  He was a gifted musician who enjoyed playing in jazz and polka bands, and especially loved playing the trumpet.  He later moved to Rochester where he was employed by Olmsted County, and worked for many years at Oxbow Park.  On June 12, 1985, Dan married Doreen (Rabe) Rowan in Byron, Minnesota.  They moved to Walnut Grove in 1990 where Dan enjoyed running Dorothy’s Café until they moved to Redwood Falls in 1996.  Dan was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, where he served the church as an Elder and a Deacon.  Dan was the life of the party and always brought smiles, laughter, and love.  Dan will be missed by all; blessed be his memory.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Doreen; children: Jason (Terri) Steenblock of Forest Lake, Tara (Carl) Schwagmeyer of Cannon Falls, Jolene Rowan (Jon Matejcek) of Falcon Heights, and Edward Rowan of Rice; grandchildren: Ellie, Grace, Alli, Audrey, Peter, and Elijah; brother-in-law Adolph (Peggy) Rabe of Motley; sisters-in-law Jan Erickson and Marie Story, both of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary, mother-in-law Dorothy Rabe, and sister-in-law Sue Eidhammer.

5 thoughts on “Dan Steenblock”

  1. Dan was always such a friendly, caring person. I’m sure his heavenly rewards are abundant. Prayers for comfort and strength for Doreen and the kids. Praise God, Dan’s struggles are over.

  2. Mary Christensen


    My deepest sympathies on the passing of Dan. Please know that I am sending prayers your way and may you and your family find comfort in the days ahead. Cherish the memories always and forever!

    Thinking of you….
    Mary Christensen and “Jax”

  3. Dianne Lifto Schjolberg

    Dan was a JM classmate of mine. All the girls swooned when he played “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” on his trumpet. On behalf of the JM Class of 1961, I offer our collective sympathies.
    Dianne Lifto Schjolberg

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