In Memory of

Michael Dale Resene

August 21, 1953 - August 6, 2014
Michael Dale Resene, the son of Merlin and Lorilla (Whiting) Resene, was born on August 21, 1953, in Storm Lake, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Aurelia, IA where he graduated from high school. He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake where he earned Bachelor Degrees in nursing and counseling. After college, Michael served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era until his honorable discharge. On November 13, 1995, Michael was united in marriage to Susie Norris in Elk Point, SD. Following their marriage they lived in Colorado for 5 years. They also lived Kingsley, IA, Aurelia, IA, Early, IA, and several other towns before moving to Cherokee, IA. Mike worked various jobs but will be remembered for his ability to paint cars at his dad's shop in Aurelia. Mike enjoyed fishing, gardening, painting, being outdoors, camping, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends. Mike will always be known as someone who would step forward and help anybody in need, and someone who was proud of and very much loved his two children. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Mike passed away at his home in Cherokee, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Bob, Ben, and Dick; and two brothers-in-law, Don Calvert and Herman Woltman. He is survived by his wife, Susie Resene of Cherokee, IA; one daughter, Michelle Resene of Wilmington, Connecticut; one son, Shawn Resene of Sioux City, IA; sisters: Wanda Woltman of Aurelia, IA, Sharon Lough of Spencer, IA, Sandra Resene of California, and Janny Calvert of North Liberty, IA; nieces and nephews; and his best friend; Doc Coombs of Cherokee.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.


Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We were just talking about the time that Mike and Doc shingled my garage. it had to of been the hottest July ever. They were their every day till it was finished. Jim met Mike when they built the first Windmills. He was always a good time. Again, thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Jim and Nicki Sheplear
Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My heart goes out to the family of Mike, it is always hard to lose a loved one. Mike was always so nice to me over the years and always made me laugh. I loved his sense of humor!!”
- jane Schmillen
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“sorry to hear about my friend ”
- randy peterson
Monday, August 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I remember my childhood friend with a heavy heart. We were inseparable through our junior high days then just drifted apart a bit in high school. Always spent a little time with each other when we saw each other at reunions or whatever. I will always think of Mike when I think of my childhood as he was there almost every day. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
- Terry L. Johnson
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“This was a really lovely obituary, and my thanks go out to whoever provided it. My father had his faults, but when he was in possession of his faculties, he was generous to a fault and he loved to laugh. In addition to fishing, gardening, and painting, I have many happy memories of watching cartoons with my dad as a child (everything from My Little Ponies to Scooby Doo). He loved to have fun. He also believed firmly in a good education. I owe a great deal to him and my grandparents both since they inspired me to go on for a Bachelors in Education and later a Masters and Ph.D. in English. God bless you, Dad. It was not always an easy life, but it was yours, and you lived it to the best of your ability.”
- Michelle L. Resene
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Wanda and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Jerome and Patsy Day
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Susie u r in our prayers we r there if u need us”
- Julie Johnson
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Wanda and family, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Carol J. Coombs
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