Michael Louis Ungs

michael ungs
Michael Louis Ungs, age 75, of Alta Vista, IA, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Michael Louis Ungs was born on June 27, 1940 to Clarence and Mary (Cotant) Ungs in New Hampton, Iowa. He was a 1958 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Elma. After high school Mike enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving for 3 years. On September 28, 1963 he was united in marriage to Nancy Recker at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, Iowa. Following his enlistment in the Navy, Mike began working at White Farm Equipment in Charles City, working there until the factory closed. He then worked for Fox River Mills in Osage until his retirement in 2006. Although Mike spent most of his time as a machinist for White Farm Equipment and a mechanic at Fox River Mills, his real love was raising livestock on his small farm and living life in the country with his family. Mike battled Parkinson’s for 17 years, with his last six years leaving him home bound. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy of Alta Vista, his children; Michelle (Ted) VerSteeg of Atlanta, GA, Neal(Julie) Ungs of Las Vegas, NV, and Christopher (Judy) Ungs of Mantorville, MN, eight grandchildren; Travis, Brittany, Jessica, Samantha, Mikinzie, Lucas, Luke and Ella, brothers; Tom Ungs and Bill (Wendy) Ungs both of Charles City, sisters Beverly (Dick) White, Donna (Joe) Zweibohmer both of Alta Vista and Kathy Jacobs of New Hampton. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mary Ungs.

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  1. Nancy,
    Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family in this sad time. May God Bless you all with abundant peace.
    Don & Dorothy Link

  2. Nancy,I don’t know if you remember working with me at Sara Lee, but I want to send you a hug and my sympathy. Remember your good times together and you will meet again. God bless you and your family.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Michael’s family. May his memories give you comfort at this time. David and Jeanne Roder

  4. To our Father,
    You fought and battled Parkinson’s the last sixteen years.
    We love you and sure will miss you,
    Don’t worry we will take care of Mom.
    Love your children,
    Michelle,Neal and Chris

  5. What a wonderful man and family. My sympathy to Nancy and the family. Sorry we are gone to Arizona.

  6. With deepest sympathy for Nancy and the family and also to his sisters. Was always very considerate of others and a friend to all.

  7. Always enjoyed riding to White Farm with Mike. Usually had a fast trip to get to work so we weren’t late. But usually was time to have a beer or two for the ride home!!
    Wonder how many 3 point hitch balls Pappy Ungs and Mike made over the years off that automatic screw machine !!!
    Mike Bigley

  8. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. It has been a long road to heaven. He is in a better place and pain free. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Rose Qualley

  9. Mike had his cross to carry with Parkinson’s and Nancy you were his Angel to help him carry that cross.
    God Bless you & your Family, Cousin Kathie & Ted Stencil

  10. Nancy & Family, Was a classmate of Mike’s since second grade. We went into the Navy together when we graduated. Used to visit him on his ship when they came into Japan where I was stationed. Lots of visits after I retired too and saw how difficult it was for you through those last years. My sincere condolences to each of you. Mike was a wonderful person, liked and respected by everyone all of his life. He will be missed by all of us but am sure more by each of you. Take care and God Bless all of you.
    Bob Palmersheim

  11. Nancy and Family,
    Mike was my classmate at I/C. School. I have fond memories of all the laughs we had in school. A very caring and HAPPY GUY. Our condolences to all of you. Nancy, you were a marvelous caregiver. Hugs and prayers for your well being now. You now have Mike in Heaven forever with Our Lord and Savior.ise
    Louise and Donn Harris

  12. Nancy and family, our sympathy to each of you. You have been a faithful caregiver for a long time. Our prayers for you as you adjust to your new lifestyle.

  13. I will always remember Mike from our days in I. C. High School. Mike always treated me very well, and it was disheartening to hear about his medical problems ib recent years. Will be keeping Mike, his immediate family, and his siblings in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Michelle – I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I will pray for comfort for you and your family. We worked together at Hardee’s in Cedar Falls MANY years ago and I remember those days very fondly. Kris HUSS Fratzke

  15. My prayers for the family. Mike was my classmate as well as driver (he drove my brother, Charles, and sisters, Kathy and Janey) to school every morning. It was always fun to watch for the blue ford with the flames painted on the side racing thru the countryside to our house. He always slowed down when he turned on our road as my father thought he was a crazy driver. Then, we pile in his car, slowly creep up the road until we were out of sight from dad, then he would floor it to school. We’d all be laughing and having such a good time. Mike had a wonderful sense of humor and I have so many great memories of him at IC, the friends we ran around with, and the sense of belonging. I know he will be so missed.
    Carrol Riley Roy

  16. Nancy and family, our sincere sympathy. Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and thoughts, Mary and Denny Buckendahl

  17. Nancy so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Tom and Ruth Bernatz

  18. Nancy, Michelle, Neal & Chris(and families)~
    Thinking of you all. Was hoping to be with you to celebrate Mike’s/your dad’s life, but Mother Nature had other plans & am sure God was keeping us safe as well. So many great memories of ‘The Navy Buddies’ and the gatherings that brought our families together. I can still see the smile and hear the laughter of Mike/your dad, after all these years. May God bless you ALL.
    ~ Love,
    Carol(Smith)Sherman and Family

  19. Please accept my sincere condolences to the Ungs family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael. Seems like he was liked by a lot of people and he touched peoples lives in a positive way. The Bible assures us at Psalms 34:18 that God is near to those broken in heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your many great memories help you find peace and comfort as you go through the coming days.

  20. There are good guys and then there are REALLY good guys and Mike Ungs was all that!
    So many good memories of time spent out at the Ungs ranch with Mike and Nancy from the time I was just a kid! It was just a great place to gather and talk over the trials and tribulations of life and maybe have Mike”s favorite… a rum and Coke…..Mikes laugh always made the jokes just a little funnier! So many laughs we all had!
    Mike did not expect alot… took life as it came, made the best of it, and was HAPPY…we all could take a page out of that playbook.
    It was a shame to watch Parkinson disease snuff that light out, but we trust that today he is surrounded by his family and friends above and his laughter is heard again!
    Rest in peace dear Mike you deserve it, you fought well, the battle is done..

  21. All prayers were answered Bobbie! My dad had a great life and one day we will see him along with Scott and many others:) We need to get together soon!

  22. Okay I am trigger happy with the ENTER button…I have some fond memories too! Thank you again and maybe our paths will cross soon!

  23. Okay sorry by finger’s got ahead of me…Thank you for the special tribute to my dad Aunt Joanne…I know dad is smiling!

  24. Thank you Carrol for sharing about the LEAD FOOT driver AKA MY DAD:)…I never heard or knew that my dad had classmate’s that he drove to school but I will agree with your dad that he was a crazy driver! HAH!…He will be so missed but before you know it we will be all together! Thank you again for sharing.

  25. Thank you for the kind words…those were some wild days working at Hardee’s:)…I wonder if our plagues still hang on the wall?!have some

  26. Thank you for the lovely tribute to my dad…We had some great times when the Navy Buddies’ along with their families would get together…We always looked forward to those special summer’s! Next trip we the adult children need to plan on being there!

  27. To one of my many FAVORITE Aunts:)…You need to write a book!…Just delete the Wednesday night event out?!

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