Michael "Mike" Arthur Mutchler
Michael "Mike" Mutchler, 61, of Ankeny, passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2013 in Kennesaw, GA. Services will be Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Pkwy in West Des Moines. Burial will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, IA. The family will greet friends Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mike was born August 2, 1951 in Des Moines, IA to Anna Mae (Lint) Mutchler and the late Theodore Mutchler, Jr. Mike attended North High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. After being honorably discharged and retiring from the army, he received the Bronze Star. He went to work for the Army Aviation Support Facility based in Boone, IA. He was a helicopter mechanic specializing in Hueys and Blackhawks and was known as "Dog" by all his coworkers. Mike ended up serving his country a total of 28 years. He was currently employed with Mediacom of Des Moines. Mike loved to work on cars with his sons. Fishing and target shooting were among some of his hobbies. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs, Cheerio and Daisy and his "granddaughter" Keeli.
Mike was looking forward to retirement, moving closer to his daughter, and traveling around the country. He loved his family very much. He was generous and willing to help anyone that needed it. He always had a great story to tell, whether it was fact or fiction.
Mike is survived by his daughter, Crystal Mutchler (Bram Farmer) of Marietta, GA; sons, David Mutchler of Ankeny, IA and Aaron Mutchler of Sumner, IA. Michael is also survived by his mother, Anna Mae Mutchler of Des Moines, IA; companion, Beth Wilson of Ankeny, IA; sisters, Rae Hergenrader (Eddie) of Cushing, WI, Randi Hutchinson (Richard) of Waukee, IA, Debra Mutchler (Mark Johnson) of Des Moines, IA, and Marcy Schacht (Hans) of Mansfield, IL; brother, Daniel Mutchler (Silvia Fisher) of Jacksonville, FL; 15 nieces and nephews; and 24 great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Riders.
Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on June 19, 2013