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Francis E. ("Cork") Steen

February 23, 1929 ~ June 5, 2020 (age 91)

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Francis “Cork” E. Steen, 91, of Rock Island, passed away, Friday, June 05, 2020 at ManorCare Health Services, Davenport.

Private family services were held.  Burial was held at Rock Island National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church.  Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., is assisting the family.

Mr. Steen was born on February 23, 1929 in Rock Island, the son of Eugene M. and Harriet M. (Nickell) Steen.  Cork married Mary Catherine Dale on October 14, 1950 in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on February 18, 2020.  Cork graduated from St. Ambrose College after serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Cork was a small business owner for most of his career. He was instrumental in starting the girl’s fast-pitch softball league in Rock Island and also gave his time, talent and treasures to Alleman High School. He was known for his legendary storytelling and his passion for his family, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football.

Survivors include his children; Matt (Karen) Steen, Kate (Kevin) Huska, Mark (Michelle) Steen, and Luke (Stacy Appleman-Steen) Steen; grandchildren Andy (Chrissy Hermann) Steen, Lisa Steen, Lukas Huska, Owen Steen; step grandchildren, Erik Huska, Ashley (Scott Berg) Appleman, Kayla Appleman, and Morgan Appleman; great grandson, Nicholas Appleman; sister, Darlene Etzel; sister-in-law, Marge Dale and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brother; Charles Steen; brothers-in-law; Jack Etzel, and Bill Dale. The family would like to extend a heartfelt note of thanks to the amazing team of health and home care providers who brought kind and compassionate care to Cork and Mary Catherine over the last few years.

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