Michael F. Lacey, Jr.
Michael F. Lacey, Jr., 68, of Elkhart died Friday, January 20, 2012, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston of prostate cancer.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1230 Merle Hay Road followed by burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at the church.
Mike was born June 4, 1943, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Michael F. and Mary (Hartman) Lacey. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Boone in 1961 and from Iowa State University in Ames in 1966. While serving in the Air Force, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.
He was a captain in the Air Force, serving at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California, and Ubon, Thailand. He completed his law degree at Drake University. He practiced law from 1976 until 2009, as a partner in the Patterson Law Firm in Des Moines. After retiring, he ran a mediation service for two years.
Mike was active in the community, serving as president of Easter Seals Iowa, the Downtown Kiwanis Club, the North Des Moines Girls' Softball League, the Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club, and the General Horner Chapter of the Air Force Association. He was a charter member of the Ankeny Kiwanis Club and was on the steering committee and board of directors of the Downtown Kiwanis Miracle League. He was the first president of the Cyclone Gridiron Club and remained in that post for seven years. He served on the parish council of St. Theresa Church and on three building committees, serving as chairman of one. While at St. Mary-Holy Cross Church in Elkhart, he served on two committees. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karon; his daughter, Dana (Kirk) McGowan of Urbandale; his son, Michael III (Erin) Lacey of Pleasant Hill; and his grandchildren, Braden and Bryson McGowan and Colin and Madelyn Lacey. Other survivors include his brothers, Tom (Karen) Lacey of Williamson, Georgia, James (Connie) of Boone, John of Vinton; his sisters, Joanna (Jerry) Manriquez of Norco, California and Patricia (Loren) Frazier of Council Bluffs; his mother-in-law, Louise Thompson of Slater: his brother-in-law, Kent (Barb) Thompson of Slater; his sister-in-law, Louella (Steve) Larson of Slater; along with many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father; two sisters-in-law, Shirley and Linda Lacey; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Thompson.
Mike cherished time with his grandchildren and loved attending their school and sports activities. He loved to travel, visiting all 50 states and numerous international destinations.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Mercy Hospice (especially Sue), and Dr. Richard Deming and his staff for their wonderful care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Easter Seals Iowa, the Cyclone Gridiron Club, St. Mary-Holy Cross Church in Elkhart, Mercy Hospice or the Ankeny Kiwanis Miracle League, c/o Ankeny Parks and Recreation, 210 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023.