June 25, 1957 – August 17, 2017


Stephen L. Pawlenty, age 60, St. Cloud, MN, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud and will continue from 1:00-2:00 PM at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Stephen was born June 25, 1957 in Ulysses, KS to Richard A. and Naomi B. (Kuefler) Pawlenty. He was employed as a Dial-A-Ride driver by St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission. He loved his job and was greatly loved and admired by his clients. Stephen was a gifted musician as a drummer, guitarist and soloist. He had a charismatic personality and was known for being wise, giving, patient, gentle and kind hearted. Stephen loved spending time with his friends at Riff City Guitar and embracing the role of Santa Claus every Christmas season. He also enjoyed being outdoors especially, camping, hiking and fishing.

Survivors include his son Joe (Kahri Okerstrom) Pawlenty of St. Louis Park, MN; daughter Maggie (Robert Foster) Pawlenty of Forest Lake, MN; mother Naomi Pawlenty of Coronado Island, CA; brothers and sisters, Richard Pawlenty of St. Cloud, MN; Michael Pawlenty of San Diego, CA; Shelly (Jim) DeDauw of Reno, NV; and Susan Steinhofer of St. Cloud, MN. Stephen is also survived by his special friend, Joan Barthel of St. Cloud, MN; and the mother of his children, Rose Pawlenty of Monticello, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father.