Dan Macken Sr.

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 13, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, January 31, 2020
92 years old


Date: Sunday February 02, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Monday February 03, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: Co-Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Monday February 03, 2020
Time: 10:30 am

Location: Co-Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist [ view map ]


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 13, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, January 31, 2020
92 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Saturday, August 13, 1927
Date of Death:
Friday, January 31, 2020
92 years old

Dan Macken Sr.

Daniel D. Macken, Sr., age 92, lifelong Rochester resident and former owner and operator of Macken Funeral Home for many years died Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus.

Daniel David Macken was born August 13, 1927 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester to Dan and Emily (Thomas) Macken. Both sets of his grandparents were early Olmsted County settlers.

The youngest of six children, he attended St. Johns School, then moved to Lourdes High School following the completion of the original building in 1943. He later attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then joined the US Air Force.

He was stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, Missouri where he was assigned duty as a chaplain’s assistant. Following military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science.

His father had founded Macken Funeral Home in 1909; and son, Dan joined him in 1950 when the firm was located at 223 Fourth Street SW. Later purchasing the business, he built and moved the firm to its current location at 1105 12th Street SE. He retired in 1992.

In 1951 he married his loving wife, Dolores L. “Lorry” Sullivan at Wayne, Michigan. She survives.

In 1964 he moved his family from the city to Marion Township. He enjoyed the outdoors and the chores associated with country living. He had a fondness and affection for animals, particularly dogs, cats, wild birds and members of the parrot family. He kept and cared for horses and enjoyed Western horseback riding.

He had a number of interests and hobbies throughout his life. He played piano and Hammond organ by ear and later learned to play guitar. He loved the music “standards” from the 1920’s onward. He was a ham radio enthusiast as well as an early radio-controlled model boat and airplane hobbyist. A model steamboat he built from his own plans in the mid-1950’s received statewide press coverage when it was launched on Silver Lake. In addition, he restored player pianos and military band organs.

He and his wife took up the game of golf later in life and enjoyed playing area golf courses and Arizona courses during the winter months. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to Rochester Exchange Club, Rochester Sertoma 700 Club and Rochester Toastmasters through the years. He was a founding member of Resurrection Catholic Church and joined St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church when he and his wife moved back into town.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine children, Susan Dighero, Denver; Daniel K. (Debbie), Satellite Beach, FL; Timothy (Sue), Rochester, Ann (Kevin) Nigon, Rochester; Joseph (Kathy), Dallas; Mary (John) Garry, Rochester; Margaret “Peggy” (Tom) Ryan, Mendota; Katherine “Katy” (Bob) Cass, Eagan; Jennifer Sandstrom, Stewartville. In addition, he is survived by 31 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Paul, John and Richard; two sisters, Mary Emily Campbell and Esther Ann Zilch.

A Funeral Mass for Dan will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with the Rev. Msgr. Gerald Mahon officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in The River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass on Monday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, and Paws and Claws Humane Society of Rochester.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.


The family of Dan Macken Sr. has received the following condolences.

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Dan Macken Sr. My mother Donna M Stock and I would like to send our condolences. We have both known him and his lovely family for a long time through church, school and many activities. Loved his kindness and caring for others and all his family were as kind and loving as he and his wife were. It was an honor to have known him . And I am very grateful for the service they so gently bestowed on so many of us in our time of need. To each of his family may God be with you in this sad time. Love and hugs , Diana Stock-Prescott and Donna Stock.

Such found memories of Uncle Dan.  He always had a kind word for me, except when he tried to steal away with my cockatoo.

Loved when he and his family made music. Sure a huge loss for Lorrie, all the “kids” and their kids. Lots of fond memories I know. 

I can remember pulling up a chair to watch the Macken siblings do their thing at family events. Now they are all together. Play nice kids. 

We appreciate Dan’s membership in and work for our Serra Club through the years.  May he Rest In Peace.  God bless you.

Dear Macken Family,


My condolences to the passing of a wonderful father, husband and man! My family, especially my parents truly cherished being a part of his life, wonderful sense of humor and kind heart. He will be missed but never forgotten!

So sorry to learn of Dan's passing.  Though we did not know him well personally, it is evident from the family we have come to know, What a good man he was. Our sincere condolences to all.

Dear Macken family,

When we think of Dan Sr and "Macken", it's so much more than the family name - or the name of the business. It's a purpose, it's a history of bringing friends and families together, to be together, it's assurance and peace of mind, it's calm and order in the most confusing of times.

 What a legacy Dan Sr. and his family have built and leave behind.  So many families touched and served, including our four parents and countless other friends. 

God Bless to the entire family.

Mike & Elissa (Wente) Zeman

Dear Tom, Peggy and Family,

Our Sincere Sympathy at the passing of your Dear Father.  He was such a fine gentle soul.  And so Loyal to his Family, Friends and Community.

We are Thinking of You, Caring about You and Wishing you Strength and Peace.  Keep those Precious Memories close to your Hearts!

To the Macken family: 

  I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Macken always remembered me and was a nice guy.  May God give you all peace and strength during this difficult time.

Donna Anderson

Dear Sue and all the Macken family,

Our sincere condolences to all of you at this time of your loss. What a wonderful life and an amazing man you have now in your many memories. The legacy of his concern and comfort for grieving families spans several generations, including all of the Lawler family and especially my Dad,the Bob Lawler bunch. I can easily imagine a joyful group of his family and friends there to greet him upon his arrival in our eternal home.May he rest in peace and may God's love and strength surround you all.



Your father/husband/grandfather was a person of many talents and interests, and a good friend of my parents. I always felt welcomed and respected by Dan, even when I was very young. He and many of your family helped our family and so many others in our area in times of loss, and that is a great legacy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. 

To All the members of the Macken Family:

My prayers and sympathy!  Dan was a GIFT to so many of us and I thank you for sharing him with me and the Rochester Franciscans.  

There is no doubt that Dan is enjoying ETERNAL LIFE.  

Peace and all Good,

Sister Eleanor Granger OSF

Peggy & Tom:  I was so sorry to hear that your Dad passed, Peggy, and know that you have many wonderful memories to help you through the times ahead.  He certainly had a full life and interesting hobbies that enriched it.  And I am sure his family was the highlight, and provided him great joy!  With sympathy, Barb Perry

I will always remember Mr. Macken as being such a gracious and kind man. My prayer is that he's playing a heavenly piano, and Bix is happily enjoying the joyous music. With peace and prayer, Renie Stewart

I am so sorry to hear about your father, Peggy. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you! ❤️

It was our great privilege to get to know Dan and Lorry when we lived in Sun City West, AZ.  We love them both and are so saddened at this loss.  Dan was such a talented guy, a lot of fun, and always such a gentleman.  We had so many good times with them to remember.  Our hearts are with Lorry and all of the family in our shared grief.

Wishing you a peaceful place, a sheltering place where your heart, and his many friends, can be safe from the sadness and know nothing but comfort for someone you loved so much.

Dear Lorry and family, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.  Dan was my first boss out of Mortuary School.  What a great example of a true funeral director and family man.  He taught me so much on how to treat families at a most difficult while balancing a family life.  I looked forward to going to work ( not in the middle of the night) and seeing families being so well served.  We had so much fun working together and with Ed Carey- so many meaningful times and funny memories.  He was a  big factor and great mentor on me running my own funeral home. I have such great memories of both of you and your kids!

  I am sad that we won’t be able to be with at Dan’s service -we are vacationing in Mexico and won’t be home for another week.

  Please accept Corrine and my deepest sympathy and know that you and your family are in our prayers!!  Tim and Corrine Totzke

I remember Mr. Macken gave a presentation at career day at Lourdes when I was a freshman. He was so funny and interesting. It changed our outlook on the mortuary science profession. He and the Macken family have always taken such wonderful care of our family over many, many years. He and my dad Bob Lawler always had some kind of inside jokes that kept them laughing over the years even at the most difficult times. Sorry for your loss Macken family. Colleen Lawler White

My brother Pat and me first met Mr. Macken on the lawn on the westside of his funeral home. Pat, Rocky Sheldon, Jimmy Klees and me liked to play football on that nicely manicured lawn even if it did slant toward eleventh avenue. It was a handy spot as we could hear our calls and whistles to come home for dinner. Mr. Macken was always very nice in telling us to find another place to play. Sometimes he'd just come out and put his hands on his hips and that would get us moving. Our family was also a part of Resurrection Parish and Mr. Macken contributed mightily. We fondly remember him as a major player in the parishes' fund raisers. Rodeos and grilled chicken dinners. So fun so good. The Sandberg Family wants to thank Mr. Macken for his kindness and great leadership. Rochester and beyond know the contribution the Macken Family has made to our community. Thanks, Paul Sandberg. 

Dearest Aunt Dolores and the entire Macken family,

I’m so sorry for your loss.  I had hoped to visit Dan & Dolores in AZ in a couple weeks.  I just read about Dan’s death on the Macken Funeral Home website in my attempts to contact Dan & Dolores.

I send my love, prayers and hugs to the family.  Sorry I am not able to attend Dan’s service. I would love to give everyone a hug. 

With love,

Niece Linda “Sullivan” Linderman

Dear Macken Family,


I'm am so sorry for your loss.  My parents truly loved your Dad and continually would share stories of how fun your Dad was to be around.


My condolences 

Mark Daly



Sorry to read about your Dad.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  


Cindy Lien

Tim, Sue & Family and the whole Macken Family,

Teresa, Emily and I send our thoughts and prayers to you. May God comfort and hold you in this time of sorrow and continue to bless you with the memories you'll share.

God Bless,

Doc Cimijotti

Always will be found momeries the my grandpa the dick and Dan show

My condolences to the whole Macken family from the Rochester Gasner's. We just lost our dad a half a year ago. I know you will all support each other and your dad is at Peace. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

To the entire Macken family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Dan was such a wonderful and talented person. He was always happy and laughing when we would see him. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Curt and Sue Cook

Sue and entire family, 

     Just reading now about your Dad. I am sorry for your loss. Your family took such good care of my folks at their time and I always remember that.  Our families are always linked going back to your uncle Paul.

     Always remember the service your family has given to many, many other families.

                             Your friend and classmate, Tom Truax

A great man and he will be missed by so many family and friends.  Dan gave so much to his community.  Dan was so kind to me and my family and always there to help when my many family members passed on over the years.   My condolences to his beautiful wife, Lorry and wonderful family.  Dan lived a long life and gave to so many people.  My heart is with all of you.  Loving niece, Pat Campbell (Dave Campbell's wife)  


So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts are with you!

I had chance to visit with Dan upon his arrival at Madonna Towers.  May God bless him and welcome him to eternal life.  Prayers for all of Dan’s family.


Fr. Mike Cronin

Winona, MN

What a wonderful man! I met Dan at Hy-Vee back in 1981 at the deli always so nice, his son are too. He was the friendliest person and the Best smile he really knew people ❤️ He is in a better place !! Pete and Gabe 

Dearest Macken family & friends,  Learned of Dan Sr.'s passing while we're wintering down here in central Florida.  Our sincere sympathies to you all, as he was a part of my younger years starting out on my career at/with Vine Funeral Home and helping him out with removals & preps when more help was needed.  It's a trip down "Memory Lane" remembering those times helping him when needed.

I keep my license up and still help out at R.& V. Chapel when I'm around & needed.  These retirement years have been good to us, thus far.

With kindest personal regards to all of my Macken Funeral Home colleagues...


Louie & Marian Bortolon

Rochester, MN 55901

Dear Katie and entire Macken Family,

I wanted to send condolences to you on the loss of your dad (and husband). Our families have some great memories of times shared as we grew up together in Rochester.  Your father created a wonderful legacy in the Macken Funeral Home and they have been there for us (and so many others) as we dealt with the losses of our loved ones.  We are especially grateful for comfort provided when we really needed it.

It's hard to know the right things to say during these times, but we just wanted you all to know that we are thinking of you and have you in our prayers.  May the beautiful memories of your dad carry you through the days ahead.

Gob Bless you all.  We know your dad is at peace and in a beautiful existence now.


Lorry and the complete Macken family,

Your husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather was one of the kindest and most compassionate individuals I ever had the pleasure of knowing.  May God give you the peace and comfort that you need in these challenging times.

Bless each of you,


Dolores, Tim Dan and the entire Macken family:

I was sorry to read about your husband and father's passing.

He was  a very nice person, and a gentle soul.

I apologize that we cannot attend his services, but Linda and I will be out of town.

Lennie Broich


my condolences on the passing of your father. You’ve always taken great care of other families at this time, so it’s time to take care of yours.


Mary I worked with you at KMart in shoe dept. So sorry for your loss. Alan


One of the great ones from the Greatest Generation!  May God hold him in the palm of his hand and a perpetual light shine on the Macken Family...

To Dan, Tim and the rest of the Macken family,  My condolences for the sudden loss of Dan, Sr.  We don't know why God has called him at this time but you can easily look back at his life and all his accomplishments and while there is pain for his passing, there should also be a lot of pride in what he did as a husband, father, businessman, and good friend. He had a built-in personality to be the operator of a funeral home and his demeanor was always a constant at all the visitations and services I attended. I missed seeing him at the 8 o'clock Sunday service at St John's some time ago. He always had a genuine smile that I will never forget.  RIP, Dan.

My deepest sympathy to Lorry and the Macken family.  I grew up listening to the stories my dad would tell of he and Danny’s childhood adventures.    Danny was my dad’s best friend and their friendship continued over the course of their lives, over eighty years.   What a great man and wonderful role model.  He will be missed by so many.

Chris Harnack

My sympathy to the entire Macken family.  A life well lived and a man who cared for many in their darkest hour.  Sincerely, Jim Abbott

One of a kind, you will be missed. 

Dan was a friend, a man of many virtues, a great friend of the Sisters of Saint Francis and a incredible gift to the city of Rochester MN and beyond.  I and we will miss him and send prayers for his wonderful family.

Great life.Great man.


Lorry and family, 

I am in Tucson so will not be able to attend. Know that my mom, Betty Jo, and I are thinking and praying for you at this very difficult time.🙏

We both share many beautiful memories of Dan and you.

The angels are taking care of Dan so now you take care of each other♥️


Betty Jo and Linda Dorschner

Dan Macken was one of the kindest and most compassionate people  we’ve known. He brought comfort to many at a time when they needed it most. Our family is forever grateful for the care and attention he gave for our mother at the most sorrowful time in our lives. He was truly gifted in the vocation he chose in life. We want to extend our condolences to his family in their loss of this wonderful man—The family of James Fritsch, Sr and Margaret(Kane)Fritsch 

To the Macken family, Joyce and I offer our deepest condolences. We are currently out of the country but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dan’s smile and warm words of friendship will be greatly missed. He was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many, may he Rest In Peace.

Greg Walters

To the Macken family,

We have fond memories of Dan. Sending our condolences and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hope it’s a celebration of his amazing life. Peace & blessings to all. 
Terry & Betsy Nigon

Dan, Tim and families 

Jolene joins me in sending our sympathy from AZ. Your Dad was an amazing man. Treasure your memories. 
Scott Litin 

My condolences to the entire Macken family, Dan was a great man that has cared for so many families for many years. I enjoyed every time I talked with Dan about career choices when I was younger. RIP my friend.

My condolences go out to all of the Macken family.

We are deeply sorry for your loss.  May our prayers help carry you through this time.  Jacquie Stelley Fricker.

I have fond memories of my grandpa that will last the rest of my days!! He was funny, loving, and talented in so many ways!! He will always have a special place in my heart.  I take comfort knowing he is at peace with our loving Lord and know I will see him again someday! Love you Gramps...