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Ilene Dorothy McKenney

   Inwood, IA: Ilene Dorothy McKenney, 88, of Inwood, Iowa, died Monday, December 23, 2019, at the Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center in Canton, South Dakota. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 27, at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Inwood with Pastor John Wolf officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery of Inwood. Visitation, with the family present, will be held prior to the funeral service from 9:30-10:30 AM at the church. 


   Ilene Dorothy (Raanes) McKenney, daughter of Hans and Mable (Andersen) Raanes, was born in Harrisburg, South Dakota on November 1, 1931. She had four brothers and one sister. Ilene graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1949. She married Norman McKenney at the Beaver Creek Lutheran Church of rural Harrisburg, South Dakota on August 9, 1952. The couple lived in California while Norm was in the Navy. After Norm’s honorable discharge from the Navy, the couple lived in Brandon, South Dakota for 25 years prior to settling at Inwood, Iowa. The couple raised four children, Michael, Merlyn, Marlys and Mary. Ilene worked as a secretary in banking, insurance, and a wholesale company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


   Ilene enjoyed music. As a girl, she learned to play piano by ear. She played in various programs growing up. After graduating form High School, Ilene bought an accordion. She even gave lessons after she got married.


   People were especially important to Ilene throughout her life and she cherished her family and friends. Her father came from Norway when he was nineteen. In 1984, Ilene and her siblings traveled to Norway to meet her father’s family. The trip was monumental and she was so glad to meet her family there. She was always most proud of her four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Every year Ilene would look forward to hosting family and friends during Inwood’s annual 4th of July celebration.


   Ilene is survived by her four children, Michael (Diane) McKenney of Austin, Texas, Merlyn McKenney of Park City, Utah, Marlys (Jeff) Lamos of Dike, Iowa, and Mary (Brian) Butenschoen of Roanoke, Virginia; seven grandchildren, April (Nick) Mostek, Sarah (Matt) Cose, Mark (Aleshia) Lamos, Shannon McKenney, Kathleen McKenney, Conner Butenschoen, and Jaret Butenschoen; seven great-grandchildren, Rileigh Lamos, Brody Lamos, Logan Lamos, Owen Mostek, Paige Mostek, Emory Cose, and Emcee Cose; brother, Richard Raanes of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Bonnie (Fritz) Gloe of Mesquite, Nevada; and sister-in-law, Joyce Raanes of Sioux Falls.


   She was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Mable; husband, Norman; three brothers, Lloyd, Kenneth, and Ernest Raanes; and a dear friend, Bob Kielman.

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Can't believe this. We've always wondered where Ilene and her girls were. You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady. Marlys and Mary this note is for you. What has happened to you. Monica and I were just talking about you and what wonderful babysitters you were. Your mom was always my go to when I needed to know something, even though she always chuckled because Marlys and I were closer in age than she and I, but I looked to her as a second mom. You are still missed from the house next door. If you can let us know about you. Again I know the loss of your Mom hurts no matter how old she was. You have my deepest sympathy and prayer support. Dolly Gerwer

dolly gerwer Jan 19 2020 12:00 AM

My mother Bonnie and Ilene were the only sisters in their Raanes family, so we spent a lot of time visiting when McKenney's lived in Brandon. Occasionally the kid's best behavior tested the limits in the opposite direction. Ilene would forgive and forget so fast that it is hard to even remember doing anything wrong. You would be greeted, fuzzed over until you knew you were welcome

Terry Gloe Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

Ilene was such a kind loving person. My family was lucky enough toget to know herthrough Bob Kielman. Ilene spent many holidays and special occasions with us, and we truly enjoyed havingher. I will always remember her smiling face. She will be missed.

Diane & Rick Mickelson, Gloria Jandl, Dale Jandl, Dave Jandl Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

This is a Sad time for all of you. I will always remember Ilene

Inger Raanes Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

There are so many thoughts and memories I would like to share now, but it will take too long! But I loved you so much Ilene from the first time we met in Norway 1984. On my trips to America you were there! Last time we met we talked alot about Family, and you had a lot of questions about Family in Norway! Thought you were tired, but with a little help you joined in a the family dinner IN sflater on. And last year you careda lotwith your heart about Kristian in the Norwegian Idol.
Ilene, you are one of the best and warm people I ever met. I am proud that you let me in to you as you did! Forever in my heart - you new star in the sky!

Stein Brage Raanes Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

Ilene was a kind and sweet lady. My mom, Jean Kock, and her were good friend for many years. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her family. We will miss her friendly visits at Fellowship Village. God bless!

Roxane, Jim, Jake, and Morgan McCasland Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

This is a sad time for all of you, I am so sorry that you have lost your lovely mother, grandmother, sister, aunt. Ilene truly was a kind and gentle person that relished nothing more than the gathering together of her loved ones. In all the years I have known her, I have never heard her utter an unkind word, she was quick to forgive, often giving others the benefit of acceptance and understanding. She will always be remembered for her generosity of love and affection.
Sincerely and with love,

Mardi McKenney Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

Your mom worked a few years at Bruggeman Insurance in Inwoodwith me and we all loved her, she was so kind and considerateto everyone. She had worked at another Insurance firm prior so she knewher job well! We hadalot of fun with her, a joyto be around:)

Barb Hassebroek Dec 24 2019 12:00 AM