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“We are so sorry to hear about Mike leaving his family so very young. He will be missed by many. We remember Mike when he was a young child and how...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Garth and Carol Zieman - Oakes, ND

“Anita and Family, We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your families. We have so many wonderful memories of Mike when he and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Leon and Lisa Kerner - Gregory, SD

“Anita & children, We are so very sorry for the sudden passing of Mike. He was such a good man and a friend to all. I really got to know your family...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Teresa (Kahler) Waterbury - burke, SD

“My sympathy's to your family, I have not known Mike long just since his coming to work at the Co-op. Mike always had a smile you could count on him...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Catherine (Cat) Bartling - SD

“Thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends! Mike was a great guy! He always would have a smile on his face when I walked in the door at work....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Shawnda Esterling - Gregory, SD

“Anita and family, I was shocked and saddened when Mom told me that Mike had passed. I am so sorry for your loss and will be thinking about you as...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Pamela Osnes - Burke, SD

“My heartfelt sympathies to the whole family Stay strong for each other I will miss him ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: carol Davis - dallas, SD - friend


Michael Duane Neitzel, 59, of Gregory, SD, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2015.

Michael was born in Aberdeen, SD, on October 21, 1955 to the late Burton and Bernice Neitzel. Michael was married to Anita (Woods) Neitzel on July 17, 1982, in Sioux Center, IA, where the family resided until 1989. As a young man, Mike left home to start working and was an over-the-road trucker for about 10 years, seeing all but 3 of the 50 US states. After moving to Dallas, SD in 1989, Mike worked many different jobs including farmer/rancher, truck driver, bartender, custom combiner, pheasant hunting guide and cook for South Fork Lodge, as well as working at the Dallas Elevator, for Lubbers Trucking in Gregory, and for Cenex. He was a member of the Gregory County Zoning Commission.

Mike was a generous, non-judgmental man who was very fond of motorcycles, and enjoyed racing, working on them, and going for rides with Anita and Matthew along with many others over his years. He also enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants with Tanya, Aaron, and Matthew, and trucking. He was always happiest when he was spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Bernice Neitzel, brothers-in-law, Lonnie Brozik and Bob Linton, and parents-in-law, Charles and Peggy Kappelman.

He is survived by wife, Anita, children, Shawn (Casey) Neitzel, Tanya (Aaron) Krueger, Crystal (Nathan) Aldrich, Samantha Neitzel (John Wullstein), Matthew Neitzel (Sammi Cornemann), grandchildren Harper Neitzel, Devin, Kamryn, and Benson Krueger, Baby Girl Neitzel due in August, and Baby Boy Aldrich due in October, pet Sonny, siblings Dennis Neitzel, Ron Neitzel, Bill (Cheryl) Neitzel, Deb (Alan) Redman, Richard (Wendy) Neitzel, Sue Linton, in-laws Jan (Tom) Endes, Sue Brozik, Linda (Gary) Bowers, Dale (Regina) Woods, and many nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

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A memorial service was held Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Gregory with Pastor Russ Grim officiating.

Recorded music was "On Eagles Wings" by Robert Kochis and "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Carolyn Spann was in charge of registration.

Marcy Kristian and Marlene Rezac were flower attendants.

A lunch and fellowship time was held following the memorial service at the Union Congregational Church fellowship hall.