Mike J. Deal, 55, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Somsen, Trinity Regional Medical Center Chaplain, officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Lynette Niemand of Fort Dodge; son, Jeff Deal of Fort Dodge; sisters, Cindy (Mike) Kelly, Susan Nelson, Julie (Brad) Alexander, and Mickey Deal all of Fort Dodge; Belinda (Mark Anderson) Deal of Des Moines; Melanie (Ben) Stanberg of Barnum; and a brother, Ole (Lori) Deal of Fort Dodge; sister and brother-in-laws, Linda(Larry) Gilliland of Fort Dodge; Larry (Judy) Niemand of Story City; Loren (Michelle) Niemand of Fort Dodge; Lorraine (Larry) Ackerson of Fort Dodge; Lorie (Ed) Albright of Fort Dodge; LuAnn Niemand of Fort Dodge; Lennis Niemand of Fort Dodge; Lavonne (Billy Williams) Niemand of Fort Dodge; Lavern Niemand of Fairbury, NE; and Leslie (Shawn) Collins of Barnum.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Betty (Williams) Deal, and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Nelson; father and mother-in-law, George and Dora Niemand, brother-in-law and best friend, Lowell Niemand, and infant sister-in-law, Lisa.

Mike James Deal was born on January 13, 1959 in Fort Dodge. He attended schools here. Following his education he went to work at the family business “Deal Hauling” eventually becoming the owner. Mike also worked for Premier/Aladdin Cleaners and also Fuller Brother’s Garage. In 1980, he met his best friend Lynette Niemand and the couple spent over 34 years together. In 2000, Mikey started “Mike Deal Container Repair” which he also owned and operated. He was long time dirt track racer. Mike was currently the owner and crew chief of “Deal Racing” which his son, Jeff; nephew, Lance and friend, Brad raced for him. He never missed attending the Spencer County Fair, enjoyed camping, and loved to spend time with his family and friends. Mikey had a big heart who was a father figure to many, always treating them as if they were his own.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.