Minde, Michael A.
Michael A. Minde, 60, of Richardson, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, of an apparent heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Burial will follow in Inland Cemetery, Bennett, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Operation Kindness, Carrolton, Texas and First Presbyterian Church, Richardson, Texas.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Michael Allen Minde was born Jan. 16, 1952, in Ames, Iowa, and was the son of Marion and Irene Rosedale Minde. Michael grew up in St. Croix Falls, Wis., living on a dairy farm and attending a one-room schoolhouse until the family moved to LeGrand. He was a 1971 graduate of LDF High School and later attended Calmar Technical College. Michael was united in marriage to Kathy J. Siemsen on June 16, 1984, in Dillon, Iowa. In his 20s, Michael participated in power lifting meets, wrist wrestling championships, roller hockey and speed skating in Iowa and surrounding states. Michael worked for Valspar Paint Company in Garland, Texas, was a past member of the United Paper Workers Union and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Richardson.
He was a huge Dallas Stars fan but his favorite past time was attending Joshua’s high school and college football games at Arkansas and later Texas State University and Brionna’s high school and college soccer games at Texas A&M-Commerce. The kids could pick his voice out of the cheering — oftentimes yelling at the refs! He enjoyed the many family vacations which all created great memories. One of his favorites was swimming with the stingrays in Grand Cayman while another was riding the Olympic bobsled run in Calgary.
Michael is survived by his wife, Kathy J. Minde; and daughter, Brionna Minde, both of Richardson, Texas; son, Joshua Minde and his fiancee, Abby Taylor, of San Marcos, Texas; brothers, Dale (Cassandra) Minde of Holton, Kan. and Mervin (Janet) Minde of Marshalltown; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kevin and Pam Siemsen of Marshalltown.
He will be greatly missed by his loyal dog, Gabriel; the trio of orange tabbies, Anthony, Annabel and Dakota; granddog, Bear; and grandcat, Tucker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Irene Minde; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harlan and Norma Siemsen.
Published in The Gazette Jan. 15, 2013.