Steven Blake Carnahan

09/29/1955 - 01/21/2023


Obituary For Steven Blake Carnahan

Services for Steven Carnahan, 67, of Perry, IA will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2023 at Murdock Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2023, also at Murdock Funeral Home. Steve passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Steven Blake Carnahan was born September 29, 1955 in Long Island, New York at Mitchel Air Force Base, the son of Corwin G. and Marjorie (Koenen) Carnahan. He spent most of his growing up years in Texas where he ended his formal education at Denton High School. Steve entered the United States Army on April 14, 1974 and was Honorably Discharged August 12, 1976. He moved to Perry in 1976 after his discharge from the Army. Steven married Roxanne Loso on August 17, 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Perry. Their two sons were born to this union. They later divorced but kept a mutual friendship throughout the years. Steve was a conductor for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad from 1978 until his retirement in 2015. Survivors include Steven’s mother, Marjorie Carnahan of Urdandale, IA; sons, Cory (Michelle) Carnahan of Redfield, IA , Casey Carnahan of Panora, IA; grandchildren, Gaige Carnahan, Chloe Carnahan, Dylan Carnahan and great-granddaughter Viviana Keasey; brothers, Jeffrey Carnahan of Elkhart, IA, Douglas Carnahan of Grimes, IA, Michael (Susan) Carnahan of Tama, IA, and one sister Lori (Drew) Nieman of Chicago, IL. Preceding Steve in death was his father, Corwin on November 2, 2006. Memorials and condolences for the family, in Steve’s name, may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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  • 02/08/2023

    R.I.P. Tex, I always enjoyed working with you.

  • 01/30/2023

    Had some good times in Denton we were all young back then my condolences

  • 01/30/2023

    I remember the good times I had with Steve and my other cousins in TX Jim Stapp Sioux Falls SD

  • 01/27/2023

    I'm so sorry to hear of Steve's passing, my condolences to his family and friends that he leaves behind. He was a good rail and was always a pleasure to work with back in the good 'ol CNW days

  • 01/25/2023

    I worked with Tex back in the day also. I've heard that snore on the caboose many times! 😆 Lots of good memories, one of my favorites was when the Hawkeyes made the final four in '81. Tex lived in that little green house on 5th street north of Weiss. That place was packed we were all huddled around a Zenith 27" 📺 Even tho that was over 40 years ago I remember it like it was yesterday. Where did the time go? Rest in peace old friend 🙏🏼. Doug Schuhardt CNWRR '78-'91

  • 01/25/2023

    Steve was a great friend, I loved working with him, always funny and cheerful. R.I.P. buddy

  • 01/24/2023

    Tex & I worked together often especially in our younger years when we worked a lot of midnight switch engines. We had more laughs, it never felt like work switching with Tex. One of my favorite memories was coming back from an Iowa basketball game with Tex and my brother, Jim and we got stranded between Ogden & Perry on the side of a road in a snowstorm. We ended up spending the night at some farmers house, who we didn't even know. I remember I couldn't sleep all night because Tex was snoring so bad!😆Anyway Steve will be sorely missed by all but I'm sure he's telling some good RR stories in Heaven! RIP my friend 🙏

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