Patrick McKee died Nov. 26, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn.
He was born February 28, 1953, in Norfolk, Va., to Thomas and Mabel McKee. His family moved to Florida when he was nine years old, and he lived in Jacksonville until moving to Gainesville for college at the University of Florida. Pat then moved to Minnesota to study theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He quickly adopted all things Minnesotan, including Nordic skiing.
Pat met his wife Rita Felling at the University of Minnesota Newman Center when he was completing his MBA at Carlson and Rita was working as an RN in St. Paul. They celebrated their wedding reception at the Felling Family Farm and shared marriage, faith and adventure for 38 years.
Pat worked with churches and with many businesses providing management consulting, sales and systems engineering. He taught management at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He also taught at the Minnesota School of Business, St. Mary’s of Winona, and Unity High School. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and Rochester high school Nordic ski team. He skied many Birkebeiners and Vasaloppet races and did triathlons in the “off-season.” He taught Sunday school, confirmation, RCIA and many adult enrichment and faith formation classes.
Pat’s Eagle Scout heart was alive in the woods and in the mountains, and many McKee Family Road Trips brought the family to Colorado hiking trails, North Carolina mountain lakes, and many national parks in addition to the annual road trip to visit his family in Jacksonville.
Pat was a man of deep faith and integrity and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a proud brother and a friend who invited others into his love of Nordic skiing, Irish Fair and Interstate Park volunteering, wood chopping, and business ideas. He also inspired community through his work with Iraqi refugee families and members of the Dakota community.
Pat proudly called every time he renewed his driver’s license to say that he “checked the box” to be an organ, tissue and eye donor. He generously gave the gifts of tissue and eye donation, a legacy we all celebrate.
Left to honor Pat and celebrate his life are his wife Rita (Felling); children Patricia (SO Ben Franske), Katie (Matthew Webster) and Mark; grandchildren Isaac, Meg and Wendell; his brother Tommy; his sisters Judy and Cathy; his Fitzgerald cousins, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved and who laughed at his jokes.
Pat will be deeply missed.
Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 1 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Balsam Lake. Arrangements with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.
“I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23
Funeral information at https://www.grandstrandfh.com/.
Memorial gifts in honor of Pat can be made to:
Minnesota DNR Future Forests Fund – https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/gifts/future_forests.html
National Parks Foundation – https://www.nationalparks.org
LifeSource Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation –