Michael F. Lacey Jr.
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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.

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2012.
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January 16, 2020
I can't believe Mike has been gone this long. He was such a great man and I will never forget everything he did for me as an amazing lawyer as well as becoming a family friend. He is missed.
Mitzi Slemp
January 29, 2012
Dear Karon, We live in Las Vegas and every month I go thru the Des Moines Register online. I am shocked and saddened to read that you lost your beloved husband. I remember all the great times shared at Dowling when our children were in school and we worked so hard for the Parent Guild. Both you and Mike always had smiles and we laughed so often. Now I share sorrow with you and your family and send thoughts of peace and love...Sharon LePorte-Duma -2916 Crown Ridge Dr.-Las Vegas NV 89134...hugs to you, of course!
January 26, 2012
I did not know Mike but my older sister, Judy Loehrer, told me about what was happening. Judy was his classmate at Sacred Heart. I lost my husband to cancer almost 5 years ago now. I am not trying to tell you it will be easy but I do want to share that you will survive and move on. You will never forget, but you will remember and that is what is so wonderful. I will pray for you and yours.
Kathy Loehrer-Lassen
January 26, 2012
We will remember your family in our thoughts and prayers. I was deeply saddened by your loss. I enjoyed getting to know and working with MIke at Kiwanas.
Diane Backous
January 25, 2012
Mrs. Lacey and family: I was very sad to hear of your loss from my dad. I have many great memories of Mr. Lacey as I grew up living next door and working down at the office. His smile and laughter is one that I will never forget. I am thinking of all of you during this time and hope that your memories of his incredible spirit and love of life will help you get through this difficult time. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Katie Perkins Komenda and family
Katie Komenda
January 24, 2012
Mike was a wonderful person that I came to know through my parents, Mike and Georgia Beasley. Mike was a caring and gifted man in his field and I will miss him. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Mitzi Slemp
January 24, 2012
Karon, we are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Mike was an awesome patriot and unbelieveably compassionate man. We will never forget his kindness and will always remember his smile. May God Bless you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Phil, Jolinda, & Ryan
Phil Larson
January 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Brady and Jennifer Mallon
Jennifer Mallon
January 24, 2012
Karon and family -- Jill and I are saddened to read of your loss. We always enjoyed his and your company at the Cyclone football games. We are in Iowa City now, both working for the University.

Go Cyclones!

Mike & Jill Valde
Mike Valde
January 24, 2012
Karon and family.

Ron called last night to tell me about Mike. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't know Mike well but I know Dad thought a lot of him and enjoyed teasing him. Please know we are thinking of you all.
Karen Schunk
January 24, 2012
You have my deepest sympathy. I will always remember meeting Mike at the Boise bowl game where he talked me into joining the Gridiron club best thing I ever did.
Bill Watkins
January 24, 2012
Dear Karon and Family,
Was shocked and surprised to read on the Register website of Mike's passing. He was a longtime friend and has always been one of my favorite persons. Always upbeat, cheerful and positive and an outstanding lawyer. It was my privilege and a wonderful experience to be associated with Mike in a paralegal capacity for many years. His contributions of energy, time and talent in countless organizations is most impressive. Last saw him (as always displaying his great smile) a few years ago in Ames at a Cyclone basketball game. Carol and I send our deepest sympathy. Harvey Andersen, Palestine, Texas
Harvey Andersen
January 23, 2012
I was very saddened to hear about Mike from my Mom. I have such fond memories of your family up in Clear Lake so many years ago. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Janet Irish-Somerville
January 23, 2012
Karon and family sorry to hear about Mike. My daughter, Aaronnett saw it on face book. Wish I could come to Iowa but not possible at this time. Mike was a great person.
Nelma Vest
January 23, 2012
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Mike was one of the greatest human beings I have ever had a chance to me. A true Cyclone, thru and thru! He is definitely looking down on his Cyclones and guiding them. May God Bless you and your family in this difficult time.
Scot Knock
January 23, 2012
Mike was one of those rare special people I have known in my life. He just always seemed to have a positive outlook on life even when he told me of his impending death when we talked last fall. We had just great talks in brief moments...his run in with our favorite ref, Curtis Shaw, or him talking about the Air Force, or his grandchildren. As far as a Cyclone, he was the best. It just wasn't an official Iowa State event, unless Mike Lacey was there. He was a great friend and I will miss him very much!!
Craig Bergstrom
January 23, 2012
Dana, and Kirk, Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Dad. Mike and Sheilah
January 23, 2012
Mike was such a special person to me. Beyond being a colleague he was also my friend. Mike and I traveled similar paths through college, the military, flying in the military, trying cases against each other and then Mike mediating cases for me.

Mike truly was a special person and always placed his family first. I will miss him and the world is a lesser place without him. I offer my deepest condolences to his family. RIP Mike. Don Beattie
January 22, 2012
Karon, My heart goes out to your entire family. Mike is one of the finest people I have ever had a chance to meet. Being a Cyclone fan was just "icing on the cake" Wow I am so lucky to have the opportunity to get to know him. My very best to all of you. GO CYCLONES!!
Jon Schaben
January 22, 2012
I was so sorry to read of Mike's passing when I looked at the paper today to review my own father's obituary. You were always such wonderful neighbors and great Iowa Staters. Please know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Blessings, Lynne
Lynne Krantz (Hansen)
January 22, 2012
My condolences to Family & Friends
Mike Was A Great Person, Friend,and
Big Fan Of The Cyclones,he will be Missed, But Never Forgotten,
David Haines
January 22, 2012
Mike was one of the most genuine, caring men I've ever known. It's comforting to know that you have a great family for support, and an even bigger "extended family" - every ISU fan loves you and Mike.
John Walters
January 22, 2012
You know that my many treks up from KC were not complete without seeing you and Mike! Some game, some function.
A great man, husband, father and Cyclone!
Keep his spirit alive by being there at the games so we can share the Love that he gives off thru you!
Strength be to you and the Family!
January 22, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Lacy family.
I knew Mike from his leadership in the Cyclone Club and our paths would seem to cross frquently most recently at Urbandale CC golfing with his grandkids. Always a smile and a kind word.
Doug Drake
January 22, 2012
Karen, You both are two of my very favorite people. I will miss Mike dearly. Please know that you have and remain in my prayers.
Sandy Wilson
January 22, 2012
Mike made a big difference in just about everything he touched. I didn't know him well, but you could tell in how he was treated by people who did know him.

He will be missed, but we are all better off for Mike having been in our midst. I just want to say Thank You.
Rich Rainforth
January 22, 2012
Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family in your loss.

I know I will miss his smiling face at
The Waterfront. If you need anything at all, let us know.
Julie Miller
January 22, 2012
A great guy that we are much better for having known. We really admired Mike's passion, dedication, and determination. I bet he and Pete are talking about Jeff Wood's OT touchdown or Scotty C's banked in three right now. Karon, Dana, & Mike: be comforted by knowing that Mike's life was immensely meaningful and he will not be forgotten. Mike was one the all-timers.
Gregg & Connie Horsman
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