OBITUARY

Stephen R. Kannaka

October 14, 1945March 28, 2018
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Stephen R. Kannaka, 72, of Marengo and formerly of St. Charles, passed away March 28, 2018. He was born October 14, 1945 in Sterling to Robert Emmanuel and DeLyle (Dietz) Kannaka. Steve had been philanthropically active as a board member (Treasurer) with Tri-Cities Family Services and The First Presbyterian Church of Marengo. Stephen is survived by his wife, Sally; his sons, Clay (Whitney) and Robert (Laura); his grandchildren, Quinn, Sawyer, Presley, Ever, Kinsley and Caden; and his siblings, Sally (John) Fassler and Sue (Dan) Kindle. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30pm on Monday, April 2 at the First Presbyterian Church, 203 W. Washington St., Marengo. Visitation will continue from 11 to the Noon funeral service on Tuesday, April 3 at the church. Interment will be in Marengo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Marengo. Online condolences may be made at www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Sally (Kunde) Kannaka, Wife
  • Clay (Whitney) Kannaka, Son
  • Robert (Laura) Kannaka, Son
  • Quinn, Sawyer, Presley, Ever, Kinsley, Caden, Grandchildren
  • Sally (John) Fassler, Sister
  • Sue (Dan) Kindle, Sister
  • Robert Emmanuel Kannaka, Father
  • DeLyle (Dietz) Kannaka, Mother
  • DONATIONS

  • First Presbyterian Church of Marengo

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Continued Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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Thomas/Nancy Flaherty

April 3, 2018

We have only known Steve for several years, but in that time we grew to know him as loving, generous and kind with a great sense of humor. He had accomplished much in his life, but one of his finest works was helping to enable the First Presbyterian Church of Marengo to remain open through very difficult times that needed his kind of leadership and example. We will always miss you, Steve.

Greg Watson

April 2, 2018

Steve was a true friend and companion to us as staff of TriCity Family Services. The work we do can often be very hard and there is no way to do it without faithful friends and servants like Steve! His contribution here could never be counted! I'll never forget his coming dressed in a Tony the Tiger outfit to one of our staff board retreats back in the early 90's, as we were beginning to start a capital campaign to build our first building. He danced around the room and kept yelling, "You are greeeeaaaatte! And we will make TriCity a greeeeeaaaaaattte place for families to get help! And that, with his loving care, we surely did! Blessings to all of his family and friends! He will be dearly missed!

Frances Nohling

April 2, 2018

So sad to lose a faithful community servant still in prime of life. Loved imagining Steve and Sally in Marengo as told in annual letter. David and I had fun memories of St. Charles years and great admiration for his wisdom mixed with humor. His values will live on with your loving family and all who met him.

Jan Krueger

March 30, 2018

Dear Sally and Boys. - it was with great sadness that I received the news of Steve’s passing - the Krueger’s and the Kannaka’s shared so many happy memories of RV trips to watch Illinois/Wisconsin football games, attending Bethlehem Church and just being apart of watching our sons grow into fine young men - Steve was such a fine person and always so much fun to be around - He has met the Lord he served face to face- his Joy !! My prayers will be with you as you make this grieve journey knowing you will be with in that place God has prepared for those who love Him- Jan

Becky Chase

March 30, 2018

Sally, Clay and Bob - What Steve was as a boss was so rare to find in a job. When I had just started at Tempo he took me to a meeting with an important customer. When we sat down, he said a few words and then he turned it over to me and let me set down the rules. I was amazed at his trust in me and I can’t even describe the confidence he gave me. But he was just like that. He was the most giving person in the world. I will miss him but he has truly left his mark in the world in the many whose lives he has touched.

Todd Hugelen

March 30, 2018

I'm so very sorry to hear about Steve. He was a great boss and I truly enjoyed my time at Tempo. My thoughts and prayers are with you Sally, Clay, Bob and the rest of the family. Cherish the memories. He was a good man and will be missed.

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Biography

Stephen R. Kannaka, 72, of Marengo and formerly of St. Charles, passed away March 28, 2018.
He was born October 14, 1945 in Sterling to Robert Emmanuel and DeLyle (Dietz) Kannaka.
Steve had been philanthropically active as a board member (Treasurer) with Tri-Cities Family Services and The First Presbyterian Church of Marengo.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Sally; his sons, Clay (Whitney) and Robert (Laura); his grandchildren, Quinn, Sawyer, Presley, Ever, Kinsley and Caden; and his siblings, Sally (John) Fassler and Sue (Dan) Kindle.