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Steven Leo Connelly

September 20, 1969 - August 3, 2023

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Steven Leo Connelly

September 20, 1969 – August 3, 2023


Steven Leo Connelly, 53, of Byron, MN died Thursday, August 3, 2023 in Deadwood, SD.

Steve was born on September 20, 1969 in Rochester, MN to Leo and Marge (Wilson) Connelly. He graduated from Byron High School in 1988 and Mankato State University in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Management. Steve also pursued a Master’s Degree in City Park Administration.

Steve was a business entrepreneur and owned Zest 4 Life Adventures. He also served on the Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation Board for many years.

Steve loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and attending concerts. He was passionate about football and was a successful athlete in high school and college.

He is survived by his six brothers and sisters Mary Lynn (Darren) Overton of Mantorville, MN; Karen (Tom) Besch of Kasson, MN; Craig Connelly of Byron, MN; Nancy Connelly of Rochester, MN; Mark (Adina) Connelly of Prior Lake, MN and Brian (Diana) Connelly of Byron, MN, as well as 14 nieces and nephews. Steve is preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Kathleen (Connelly) Cardinal.

Memorials are preferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato, Pheasants Forever or MN Soil and Water Conservation District.


Minnesota State University, Mankato

MSU Touchdown Club (Supports the Football Program)


Pheasants Forever

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MN Board of Water and Soil Resources

520 Lafayette Road North

St. Paul, MN 55155

*Designate as Memorial Gift in Steve Connelly’s Name


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