This tribute is to the cofounder of our family, my loving and beloved husband, Richard Patrick “Pat” MacKenna. He was the best husband, dad, and papa that I could have possibly picked. From the day we met on Memorial Day weekend in 1971, until he went to Heaven two days before Thanksgiving, he gave me the greatest gift which is to love and be loved in return. He brought love and laughter to all of us. The year 2020 has been a hard year for a lot of people, but Pat and I were happy that we had each other to be with. When he left me on November 24th, the year 2020 became the worst year of my life. But Pat would want you to know that even the 5 years he had Leiomyosarcoma were full of good times-travel with family, spending time with family and friends walks with the dogs in nature, motorcycle trips on his BMW with his wife on the back, motorcycle trips with his son, Mike and a 75th birthday party at his daughter Erin’s house where he celebrated with his whole family. Pat would want you to know that he loved his country which he served as a 1st. Lieutenant in the US Army, that watching old movies is a fine way to spend an evening, and that laughter is the best medicine. I will forever be grateful for the more than 49 years that I had him as the most important person in my life and for the wonderful memories and children and grandchildren who bring me great comfort. I was especially touched by Mike’s and Erin’s eulogies which can still be watched on the recording of Pat’s service at McGinnis-Chambers.com. I am also grateful for the love and support that I have received from all our friends and family.

Richard Patrick “Pat” MacKenna, 75, of Bettendorf, Iowa, went to Heaven on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a 5 year courageous battle with Leiomyosarcoma. Pat was born in Brooklyn. New York the son of John and Jane (Starner) MacKenna. He spent his elementary years in Cincinnati, Ohio culminating in his playing on the Guarding Angels PeeWee football team at the Cotton Bowl. In junior high he moved to Dallas where he graduated from Jesuit High School. Following high school, He graduated from St Edward’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In 1969, Pat entered the US Army serving as 1st. Lieutenant. While serving as a Signal Core instructor at Fort Benning, he met the love of his life, Mary “Sandi” Burns, who was a local English teacher. On June 25, 1972, they were United in Marriage at Callaway Gardens in Hamilton, Georgia. Before retiring, Pat worked as a sales manager for Quanex, formerly Nichols Aluminum. Spending time with family was very important to Pat. He had a great appreciation of nature whether he was going for walks in the park, taking family vacations to National Parks, or riding his BMW motorcycle to Colorado or Niagara Falls with his wife Mary “Sandi” on the back, or riding on motorcycle trips with his son, Mike, through the Smoky Mountains and along the Blue ridge Parkway. He simply loved being outside, taking walks with his dogs and enjoying all of God’s creations. Pat enjoyed acting and performed as Slim in “Of Mice and Men” while in college and most recently as Burt in “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Barn Theatre.” Pat was known for his infectious laugh, great sense of humor and his impromptu one-liners that always brought a smile to others. Pat cared about other people and had donated over 15 gallons of his 0 negative blood. Pat was great with children and will be remembered as a loving and kind family man who always made those around him feel better. Those left to lovingly honor Pat’s memory are his beloved family including, his wife, Mary “Sandi” MacKenna of Bettendorf, Iowa, his son, Michael [Beth} MacKenna of Bettendorf, his daughter, Erin [Vip} Sandhir of Northfield, Illinois, grandchildren, Patrick, Charles, Timothy and Anna MacKenna and Decker and Cameron Sandhir and his sisters, Mary Jane MacKenna of Dallas,Texas and Chris [Rick] Friedl of Lewisville Texas, his brothers-in-law, his sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, his little dog, Halle and many beloved friends. Besides his beloved parents he was preceded in death by his beloved sister. Connie MacKenna Harford.

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