ALGONQUIN – Kevin Michael Shanahan, 45, of Algonquin, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013.|
The son of Lawrence and Patricia Shanahan, he was born Jan. 25, 1968, in Elgin. He attended college at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he received degrees in athletic training and physical therapy. He was the valedictorian of his physical therapy class. He was the team athletic trainer for the rhythmic gymnastics team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Kevin had a very rewarding career as a caring and compassionate outpatient orthopedic physical therapist. He was last employed by Centegra Rehab and Sports in Crystal Lake.
Kevin was a devoted father and treasured the time he spent with his two sons sword fighting, wrestling and playing football, basketball and baseball. He shared a special bond with his father, Larry, and loved spending time fishing with him in Lake Geneva, Wis. Kevin loved running, the flavor of cinnamon, Diet Coke, Christmas and dogs. He will be missed for his wonderful sense of humor and his love and skill in executing practical jokes. He will also be missed for his blue eyes, love of toothpicks and a style that focused on the colors black, brown and white.
Kevin was the loving father of Tyler and Brad Shanahan of Elgin; devoted son of Lawrence Shanahan of Loves Park; grandson of B. Gynelle Rizzo of Crystal Lake; brother of Kimberly (Matt) Stone of Woodstock and Kelly Shanahan of Woodstock; uncle to Zach and Zoe Stone and Kailey Shanahan; nephew to Deborah Rizzo, Karen Shanahan and Jan Collins; and best friend to Lori Stalker (Ryan). He is also survived by numerous cousins and friends.
Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Shanahan; maternal grandfather, Joseph Rizzo; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Peggy Shanahan; and paternal uncles, Thomas and Robert Shanahan.
There will be a service honoring Kevin's memory from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Elgin Vineyard Church, 220 Division St., Elgin.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, www.hdsa.org.
Published in the Northwest Herald on June 5, 2013