Michael E. Gade

Michael E. Gade

Michael E. Gade

West Branch

Michael E. Gade, 71, passed away suddenly Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

A memorial visitation celebrating Mike’s life will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in West Branch. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is caring for Mike’s family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarker

funeralhome.com. Memorials may be made to West Branch Fire and Rescue or the weight room at the West Branch High School.

Michael was born Sept. 12, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Earl and Elva (Rife) Gade. He was a graduate of Tipton High School in 1970. On Nov. 28, 1970, he was united in marriage to Peg Suchomel at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church at Nolan Settlement. He was employed with Gerdau Ameristar in Wilton for 30 years, retiring in 2016. Mike enjoyed going to the gym, cars (especially muscle cars), and keeping his home and yard well-maintained. Most importantly he enjoyed his grandchildren and attending their events and activities.

He is survived by his wife, Peg of West Branch; two children, Chad (Andrea) Gade of Tipton and Michelle (Doug) Adam of Manchester. eight grandchildren, Payton, Preston, Parker and Pryce Rochford, Halia and Alison Gade, and Darin and Tanner (Gretchen) Adam; mother-in-law, Emilie Suchomel of Tipton; sister, Dixie Martin of Tipton and Wyatt Gade of Moscow. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Spencer Adam; father-in-law, Bernard Suchomel; three sisters, Sharon, Barb and Kay; and his beloved bulldogs, Chester and Baylee.

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