Kenneth “Kenny” Jay Converse, 57, of New Germany, MN, left us Wednesday, Nov. 9, peacefully surrounded by loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his beloved “Ma,” Joyce Converse.
He is survived by his daughters, Taylor (Mac) Clifton and Samantha Grengs; grandson, Mavrick Clifton; sister, Carolyn (David) Wick; brothers, Keith (Rhonda) and Kevin (Brenda) Converse; several nephews, nieces, and so many loving friends.
Kenny is the youngest of four siblings who were raised in a home full of laughter, love, and music. Growing up, he was well known in the neighborhood for his friendly and outgoing personality, getting to know just about everyone. His love of sports started as just a little guy, but he understood the game better than most adults.
At Rockford High School, it’s no surprise, again, that everyone knew and liked him. He was captain of the football team and the wrestling team. When he finished giving the valedictorian speech at his high school commencement, you could have heard a pin drop.
When walking into a room, it didn’t take long to know if Kenny was there . . . his great laugh could be heard immediately, and it was contagious. He always had a smile, along with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, for everyone.
Other than watching, playing, and coaching sports (football especially), Kenny loved his fur baby Bella, singing and karaoke, concerts and music festivals, the Minnesota Vikings, his family, and being with his friends.
He was the epitome of a salesman; charismatic and knowledgeable, spending most of his career at Vergins Sales starting at age 15.
After many years of the well-known “Kenny’s bar” out of his garage, his dream of owning a bar was finally fulfilled in January 2016; Kenny’s T-Road Tavern in New Germany.
His huge personality touched so many, and his big laughter made us all smile. He will be missed and remembered by so many. He was a son, a brother, a husband, father, grandfather, and a friend. We love you Kenny.
Please join us for a celebration of life that will take place Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Delano American Legion. At Kenny’s request, Taylor asks that everyone wear Vikings attire. Go Vikes.
Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, MN.