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Gary Michels

Friday, March 7, 2014

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Gary Michels
Funeral services for Gary Michels, 71, of Estherville, were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville.

Visitation was conducted beginning at noon Thursday at the church.

Burial was conducted at St. John's Cemetery in Ringsted.

Michels passed away Friday, Feb. 28 at the Sioux Falls Veteran's Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Gary Gene Michels was born June 15,1942 in Spencer, Iowa to Francis and Rosie (Johnson) Michels. Raised in the Linn Grove and Peterson areas, he attended and graduated from Sioux Valley School in 1960. Gary worked in the community for local farmers until he enlisted in the United States Army in March of 1964. After attending Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he served at Qui Nhon, Vietnam as a Unit Supply Specialist. He was honorably discharged in February of 1966.

Gary returned to the Sioux Rapids area and worked for the Peterson Elevator. He was married to Sharon Lewis on Nov. 26, 1966. In their 14 years together they had three daughters. In August of 1971 he began working for Morton Buildings and retired with them after 33 years. Gary enjoyed going to auctions, antique shopping, going to church, and dancing. He was very patriotic in his beliefs and loved his country immensely.

Gary met the love of his life Pauline Jensen and they were united in marriage on June 27, 1987 at Trinity Lutheran Church. With this union he gained three stepsons and one stepdaughter. Gary and Pauline made their home in Estherville until Pauline's sudden death in April of 2000. Gary remained in their home until health issues sent him to the hospital in December. After many ups and downs in his medical treatments, Gary passed away at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Feb. 28, 2014. Gary will be greatly missed by his many friends as well as his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Francis and Rosie Michels; sister, Mary Michels; wife, Pauline Michels; daughter, Mindee Wilcox; great-grandchildren: Sprinkle Wetrich, Olivia Shaughnessy, and Hendrix Shaughnessy.

Left to honor his memory are his daughters: Traci (Rob) Verdoorn of Dickens, Iowa, Nicole (Byron) Bergeson of Spencer, Iowa; his son-in-law, Tracy Wilcox of Rossie, Iowa; his stepchildren: Bob (Lili) Jensen of Estherville, Iowa, Ron (Jennifer) Jensen of Martinez, Ga., Mette (Jim) Malek of Sioux City, Iowa, Michael (Betsy) Jensen of Lakeville, Minn.; his siblings: Clarice (Howard) Johnson of Sunnyvale, Calif., Lee (Waunell) Michels of Walnut Creek, Calif., Jan (Bruce) Johnson of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Donna (Richard) Kruger of Tacoma, Wash., David (Melissa) Michels of Fullerton, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loved ones.