Michael Edward "Checker" Michalicek
1954 - 2021
BORN
1954
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Richardson Funeral Home
615 Main Street
Cedar Falls, IA

Michael Edward 'Checker' Michalicek

October 11, 1954-October 22, 2021

CEDAR FALLS–Michael Edward 'Checker' Michalicek, 67, died at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, on Friday, October 22, 2021. He was born in Denison, IA on October 11, 1954, son of Steve and Doloris (Hohn) Michalicek. Visitation is 4:00 – 7:00 PM Friday November 5, 2021 at Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls. The family encourages t-shirts designed by Checker be worn for the visitation. Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 6, 2021, at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Inurnment at Alcock Cemetery, Fredricka, IA. Online condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com. Memorials may be directed to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank Children's Programs.

Mike graduated from West Waterloo, class of 1972 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in music education from UNI. He worked in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls School Districts as well as St. Patrick Catholic School as a music educator. He also served the congregations of Westminster Presbyterian and St. John Lutheran Church as a praise band director.

He married Julie Ingoldsby on July 18, 1981 in Cedar Falls. Together they raised 3 children; daughters Heather (Chae) Song of Mundelein, IL, Sofie (Chad Everly) Michalicek of Waterloo and son, Tyler Michalicek of Cedar Falls. He is also survived by grandchildren; Freddy and Julia Song; brothers Steve (Linda) Michalicek of Spring, TX, Randall (Carol) Michalicek of Plymouth, MN, Patrick Michalicek of Buffalo, MN, Arnie (Gloria) Michalicek of Maple Lake, MN; sisters; Mary (Earl) Tuttle of Phoenix, AZ, Karolyn (Larry) Skudlarek of St. Cloud, MN, Kathy Michalicek of Howard Lake, MN, and Anne (Michael) Fordyce of Hazelwood, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents and 2 siblings: brother, Andrew Michalicek and sister, Judie Rose, and 2 nephews.

The family requests that masks are worn for the event. The service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/stjohncf/.


Published by Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31, 2021.
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5
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Richardson Funeral Home
615 Main Street PO Box 542, Cedar Falls, IA
Nov
6
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
Cedar Falls, IA
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I worked with Mike at Yankee Kitchen, while we were both at West High. I never knew him as Checker, but can tell he went on to live an incredible life of accomplishment. My sincere condolences to his loved ones.
Kathy (Adams) Brezinski
Friend
November 4, 2021
Checker & I talked many times ⁢ was always positive & uplifting. He had a long talk with me once when I was extremely down & it may have saved my life. He is still here in my heart.
Uncle Chuck Finch
Friend
November 4, 2021
I did not know Michael well but do remember him as a great band leader for my grandson at St. Pats. I am so sorry to read about his death. My very deepest sympathy.
Kathy Blum
School
November 2, 2021
Checker added fun to any occasion and he was always upbeat even on a downbeat. Yet he was a serious student of his craft and brought both qualities to the table whenever we met.
Regina and Chuck Chihak
School
October 31, 2021
Checker was an incredible friend, bandmate, educator and just an amazing person period. He brought smiles and happiness to those who knew him or heard him play. We were lucky to have you Brother. Peace.
Steve Mark
Friend
October 28, 2021
I met Mike our freshman year in college. His musical talents were amazing. I will always remember him.
Whaley Patricia
Friend
October 28, 2021
We couldn´t think of anyone else to play at our wedding and the group made our event amazing! Checker was amazing inside and out! We will miss him forever. Sending our love
Gordie and Lynette sorensen
Friend
October 26, 2021
Checker changed so many lives, the world is a better place because he was in it. Sending lots of love and prayers to the family.
Zoe Libich
Other
October 26, 2021
Mike blessed hundreds with his love of music. With his passing, he left this earth just like he left the stage, leaving us wanting more. Our sympathies to Mike's family and to The Bluetone Nation.
AL and Sue Lindaman
October 26, 2021
The world was more fun with Checker around! Such a wonderful person and musician! What a great friend!
Dennis Carlson
Friend
October 26, 2021
Checker was my first saxophone teacher. I´ll never forget him letting me record in his basement studio and giving me the CD. Rest easy Checker! My deepest sympathies to the Michalicek family.
Wayne Kilgard
Friend
October 26, 2021
Mike´s Family, His Friendship Brings a Smile To Our Hearts. Will Always Cherish The Days Co-Workers Could Share A Welcomed HUG.
Maggie Petersen
School
October 26, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. He was a mentor and a friend. I´ll always remember his contagious smile and love and care for the CV kids.
Andi Slack
Friend
October 26, 2021
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