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Michael Showers

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Michael Allan Showers, a beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away on May 3, 2023, in West Union, Iowa, at the age of 51. A memorial service will be held in Michael's honor at a later date. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg have been entrusted with Michael's arrangements. 563-237-6212 Born on May 17, 1971, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of William and Charlotte (Vermeulen) Showers, Michael was known for his friendly, selfless, and optimistic nature. He was a devoted family man who cherished his time with his loved ones and lived every day to serve his family. He will be missed by all who knew him. Michael graduated from West Des Moines Valley High School in 1989 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002. He found great joy in his work as a driver and sales representative for Schwans, where he was able to connect with people on his route and share his love for the products he sold. His outgoing personality and genuine interest in others made him a favorite among his customers and colleagues alike. In a serendipitous encounter, Michael met the love of his life, Heidi Bloem, at a Git-N-Go gas station where he was working. The two quickly fell in love and were married on September 23, 2000, at Dutton's Cave in West Union, Iowa. Michael would say that the secret to a successful marriage is “low expectations” and then laugh and say “marry your best friend.” Michael's family was his everything. He took great pride in loving and providing for his wife and kids. Having learned how to be a superb culinary chef from Ferrari’s in Cedar Falls, Michael was always eager to cook a feast for his family and friends, whether it be by grill or by stove. Always sharing his food, his love for the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa State Cyclones, he lived an enriched life at home with his family. His charcoal BBQ chicken legs were legendary. A nature lover at heart, Michael relished the time he spent camping at Dutton's Cave in West Union, the very place where he and Heidi exchanged their wedding vows. Dutton’s Cave campground came alive through the years with many days and nights of campfires and fellowship with special friends who became honorary family. Cooking, talking, listening to tunes and dancing under the stars were medicine to his soul. Music was another of Michael's passions, with the Grateful Dead holding a special place in his heart. He was fortunate enough to see them live in concert, an experience he often recalled with great fondness. Michael's love of music paved the way to many cherished friendships. To quote from the Grateful Dead’s Box of Rain lyrics, "And it's just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair, such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there.” Those who knew Michael will remember him for his friendly demeanor, those brilliant blue eyes, and his infectious smile. He had a unique ability to see the good in every situation, to persevere in adversity, and to lift the spirits of those around him. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Heidi of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Micah Showers of Fredericksburg; one son, Gabriel Showers of Fredericksburg; one sister, Ann (Stephen) Smith of West Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many friends he considered to be his chosen family and who called him brother. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William “B.J.” Showers Jr.

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  1. So sorry to hear this! You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer

  2. I am so sorry to hear this! I always enjoyed talking with Michael when h came into the city hall when I was there … thoughts and prayers to all 🙏🙏🙏

  3. Heidi…deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mike was always so friendly and upbeat. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. So very sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathy to our Rustic Hollow caregiver Micah and her family. Wanda and I always enjoyed talking with Michael when he stopped by with deliveries. Sending prayers for strength and healing to all of you.

  5. Our deepest condolences & sympathy for Micah and her family at this extremely difficult time. The Rustic Hollow Shelter family is thinking of you 🤍

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family!! So very sorry to hear this!!

  7. So sorry for your Heidi and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May God Bless you all.
    Pat Johnson

  8. So sad to hear of this! I worked with him at Fareway, such a nice guy!! He will be missed! Prayers to the family!

  9. We were just getting to know Michael, what a guy !!! He will be missed !!! He would always stop and shoot the bull with my husband.. Rest in peace 🙏

  10. Even though he was my uncle I didn’t get to know Mike as much as I would have liked having been grown and moved away by the time he and my aunt Heidi married but I feel like I know him from all the wonderful things being said by friends and family. He was smiling every time I’ve ever seen him and so so kind. I pray for comfort and healing for my aunt Heidi, cousins Micah and Gabe, and friends and extended family that will feel grief and loss for a long time to come. May God hold and keep you for all of eternity.

  11. Mike had a smile that would light up a room. He was very funny, unique, and spontaneous. He will be missed by many.

  12. Legendary BBQ legs for sure!! Lacey his niece once ate 8 of the delicious bad boys! We all teased her she must have a wooden leg!!! 🥰

  13. Mikey “Broski” Showers ILove you like a brother!l ! Not a brother -in-law. You were more to me than that. Im so stunned and schocked by this. All the memories of us living together, fishing, camping. I love you brother like blood . So sad.. 😪😥😢😭

  14. Mike worked for me at Toads Bar and Grill in Cedar Falls, Iowa for a bit. With his infectious smile and all around awesome attitude. He was a treasure to be around! I just wanted to let Heidi know what a impact he made on me! I am truly saddened by his passing. With the hundreds of employees I have had, Mike will always be at the top! What a great man! Rest in peace brother! Daniel Layton

  15. So sorry for your loss he was an awesome salesman for Schwan’s he got me to buy more then I ordered. He will be missed

  16. Michael was the best swans man ever I agree with others that say it was contagious for him to sell us more than we thought we were gonna order great sales person great conversations my condolences to his family. I was so sorry to hear of his passing and as I know, he will be in good hands with the Lord.

  17. Sympathies to the family… Michael was one of my favorite co-workers when I worked with him at Fareway when I was in high school. He’d do anything for anyone, saddened to hear that he passed away.

  18. Mike was my favorite Schwans man. He knew the products I liked and would call me when they were on his truck to see if I wanted him to stop by. I hadn’t heard from him for a while, the new guy stopped by today. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. He always had a story to share and products to recommend, along with suggestions for preparation. I will always think of him when placing my order for Schwans chicken. What a great guy, my condolences to all his family and friends, I know he will be greatly missed.

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