Michael K. Gemmel, 74, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13th in the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home. Burial will follow at North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Laufersweiler Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife Mary; sons, Michael (Jill) Gemmel of Webster City; Landon (Susan) Gemmel of Clive; grandchildren, Sauscha (Todd) Fisher, Saydie (Austin) Elliott, Dana Ayala; and Kolton (Cydney) Gemmel; great-grandchildren, Brylea, Dana, Tyson, Delilah, Khalonnie, Caden and Nolan; and his brother, David Gemmel of St. Paul, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Milda (Ranum) Gemmel; brother, Richard; and step-daughter, Taunja Riley.
Michael Kenneth Gemmel was born on January 23, 1945 in Austin, MN. He attended schools there and graduated from Austin High School. For several years, he was employed with Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was united in marriage to Donna Mae Zajicek and the couple later divorced. In 1965, the family moved to Mason City. Mike worked at KLSS Radio in sales at Mason City. He was later employed with the Des Moines Register and sold various types of insurance for a period. In 1979, the family moved to Webster City and soon after he became employed at Electrolux. In 1994, he was united in marriage to Mary Evans in Fort Dodge, where the couple established their home. He retired from Electrolux in 2011. His beloved dog "Bentley" will truly miss him. Mike was a member of the Fort Dodge Gun Club and was an avid M & M collector.
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Mary - I am sad to hear about Mike's passing. I remember how you would talk about him with such a sparkle in your eyes. You talked about his love for watering his lawn and you once showed me his collection of M&M items. Wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and lifting up prayers for you and all who loved him.
So sorry for your loss. You have my sympathy.
Dear Mary and Family, My condolences on the passing of your husband and father. I am Mike's cousin, our mothers were sisters. Mike and I are the same age and we grew up within walking distance. We had so much fun playing ball, hide and seek and of course, eating green apples. I share your tears. JoAnn Appel Sherman
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