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“Every time I saw Mike he always had a smile on his face that lit up the room. He was such a great friend to have. You will truly be missed! ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Rachelle O'Leary - Altoona, IA

“Mark and I are truly blessed to have many wonderful, fond memories of the numerous special times we shared together with Mike. Mike was a genuine,...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Mark and Barbie Miller - Clive, IA

“Mike was a good friend with a ready smile and terrific sense of humor. He was just a green young salesman when we met. I always liked him and...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Thomasson - West Des Moines, IA

“Anne, Larry, and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Everyone will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Marion and Larry Schanke - OK

“I will never forget the first time I met Mike. A very gregarious and engaging person. He was selfless, loving and always encouraging. Even during...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Kyle McDonough - Minnetrista, MN

“Mike was a fun loving person. He worked with my sons in VAC and always encouraged them to do their best. Blessings to the family. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Phyllis Mcgowan - Vinton, IA

“Mike was a fun loving person. He worked with my sons in VAC and always encouraged them to do their best. Blessings to the family. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Phyllis Mcgowan - Vinton, IA

“Mike was an amazing human being. Always putting others first. He will be greatly missed.Joy Harvey ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sad to hear this news. Mike was a great guy, and faced with challenges that nobody our age should face. He faced them head on, with no fear...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: David McCluskey - West Des Moines, IA

“Mike was a great person and a fantastic salesman! Fun to be around and sure enjoyed working with Mike! We had a lot of fun. He really cared about...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Dave Ostrem, Jr. - IA - Friend

“Mike took me under his wing among others when I got into the car business. His knowledge. Was great for me to understand the business. Thank you....Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Riccio - Des. Moines, IA

“Our deepest sympathy to Mike's entire family. So sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: David Dean - West Desmoines, IA

“Grew up with Mike and his family. Prayers ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Mike i am going to miss you say hi to grandpa and bill and im glad you are free now ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Lori Harris - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I grew up with Mike and his siblings, Lori and Jeff. I have so many fond memories of Mike and his family and I am saddened to hear of his passing....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Stacy Knaack - Vinton, IA


Michael Dake, 48, of Ankeny, passed on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. A visitation will be Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with memorial service following at 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA.

Mike was born February 22, 1969 in Independence Iowa to Larry and Anne (Lynch) Dake. He graduated from Vinton High School in 1987 and obtained his bachelor's degree from University of South Dakota. He was a long time car salesman for Dave Ostrem Imports, European Motor Cars, and Stew Hansen Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Mike grew up in Vinton, Iowa where he was the third child after his sisters Teresa and Lori, then younger brother Jeff. Mike was a hard worker starting early with a paper route in 3rd grade. He was a good student and grew up swimming and diving competitively for the Vinton High School. Summers were spent life guarding at the Vinton pool and hanging out with friends.

Mike received a scholarship for swimming to The University of South Dakota in Vinton. His freshman year he became a pledge at the fraternity Sigma Nu. It was here that he became part of a family of brothers that taught loyalty and the value of true friendship. Between swimming, school and Sigma Nu, Mike was a very busy, well-rounded person who made friends wherever he went. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science, with his major being Health Science Administration and an emphasis in Business.

Mike moved to Des Moines, Iowa where he began an incredibly successful career selling luxury cars with Dave Ostrem Imports. He also worked for European Motorcars and Stew Hansen. He had two children Tanner Dean and Keely Rae and a beautiful dog named Porsche (of course celebrating his love of cars). About 10 years later Mike had another son Garrison, who now lives in Minnesota.

Mike loved the water, beaches and being outside. He was a huge fan of the Cowboys, Cubs and U of I. A lot of time was spent watching sports, yelling and whistling passionately at the TV. Mike moved to Ankeny during his battle with cancer, where he loved spending time with Tanner and Keely. They watched movies and had many lunches and dinners together and he just enjoyed being a great dad to his kids.

Mike was a people person, outgoing and friendly to everyone he came in contact with. He would walk into a room and leave knowing everyone there and remembered literally everything about everyone. He was a truly caring person and if you were Mike's friend or loved one he was unconditionally there for you.

We will all remember Mike for the love, laughs and incredible times he gave us!

He is survived by his grandmother; Delores Lynch of Independence, IA; father and mother Larry and Anne of Vinton, IA; son Tanner and daughter Keely of Ankeny, IA, and son Garrison of MN; brother Jeff of Atkins, IA, sisters Lori (Thess) Harris of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Teresa Lazenby of Van Horne, IA; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents; Clem Lynch, and Harold and Erma Dake; and brother in law Bill Lazenby.