Former Paynesville city administrator dies suddenly

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/5/00.

A former city administrator for Paynesville, Kevan McCarney, 47, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at the Paynesville Area Hospital of apparent heart failure.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, Jan. 3, 2000, at the Church of Our Lady Catholic Church in Manannah.

A native of Manannah, McCarney attended Manannah Country School, Assumption School in Eden Valley, and Litchfield High School. He also attended Willmar Community College and Mankato State University.

McCarney became city administrator in February 1989. During his tenure as city administrator, McCarney pulled the city out of the red and into the black financially. City improvements made while McCarney was administrator included the new city hall, the Star City designation, the Tree City USA designation, the downtown street and sewer project, the formation of the hospital district, and the expansion of several businesses in Paynesville, including Stearns Manufacturing and Subway.

Prior to his move to Paynesville, McCarney did consultation and planning work for the city of Worthington in southwestern Minnesota.

Joe Voss, who served as mayor while McCarney was city administrator, extended his sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

McCarney was a strong supporter of the city parks and trails, according to Tom Koshiol, Crow River Trail Guards supervisor. "His encouragement meant a lot to me. All my dealings with Kevan were positive. He provided me with a lot of good ideas for the park," Koshiol said.

A neighbor to McCarney, Koshiol often stopped and talked with him while McCarney was out on his daily walk. "He told me the summer of 1998 was the best year of his life because he had the time to travel with his daughter, Elizabeth, and get to know her better," Koshiol added.

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