Steven Eugene Koehn, 66, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Fairview University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, after a short, vicious battle with urothelial cancer. He was born March 4, 1953 in Fulda, MN to Elmer and Rena (Bruns) Koehn. He moved to Jeffers, MN and graduated from Jeffers High School in 1971. He completed his lineman schooling in Rochester and began working for Interstate Power Co in 1973. On October 20, 1973 he married Victoria Nickel in Jeffers, MN. They lived in Lamberton for nine years until moving to Red Wing in April 1982 when he began working for NSP. During his career he began as a meter reader, later becoming an apprentice lineman, journeymen lineman, crew foreman, then became the supervisor for the Red Wing and Winona. For the last years of his career he was the Construction Manager for Southeast Metro at the Newport location. Steve retired June of 2012. The outdoors was very important to Steve. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, hunting and fishing with friends and family. He and Vicky also shared their knowledge of firearm safety for many years helping run the firearm safety program in the Red Wing area. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Wing where he helped on the Men’s Cooking Team, the Red Wing Elks BPOE 845 and the Golf Shores United Methodist Wednesday cooking team.
Steve is survived by his wife, Vicky of Red Wing; daughter, Candace Koehn of Red Wing; sister, Eunice (Jim) Mell of Blue Grass, MN; mother-in-law, Marjorie Nickel; two brothers-in-law, Steven (Mary) and Bill (Kim) Nickel all of Jeffers; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, James.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Clay Oglesbee officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Red Rock Cemetery in Jeffers, MN with a celebration of life following at the Nickel Farm. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel is assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Hope Lodge in Minneapolis.