Kenneth L Rydeen
was an excellent Irish tenor and loved to sing traditional Irish songs and
Irish-American songs plus he had a marvelous singing repertoire of Christian
praise and worship music. His beautiful rich tenor voice blessed many a
church in and around the St. Paul, Minnesota area.
A member of AGVA, Kenny used the name Sean Hedea in his professional pursuits and sang in a style
very reminiscent of the great Tony Fontaine whom he admired greatly.
His lifelong dream to visit Ireland was
realized in 1971.
on the left he is shown with some "friends" on Moore
Street in Dublin.
On the right side of the page he is standing next to Mayor Cohen of St.
Paul (Kenny is on the left) after his performance
in the 1976 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Leroy Rydeen was born on January 25, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota and passed
away November 7, 1998 in Stillwater, Minnesota. He will
be greatly missed by his wife, Lorraine of Stillwater and his children Gary
of Forest Lake, Minnesota, Tana (here in Escondido - my Tanya), Tari, Sara, Jani, and Kari
(also known as "Fred") of Stillwater.
miss his voice, but he sings now for a much better Choirmaster!
The songs here are dedicated to his memory.
Four Leaf Clover A Little Bit of Heaven Danny Boy Danny Boy (Jazz)
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
An Irish Medley
I'll Take You Home Again,
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You!