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Michael Chenoweth

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Michael D. Chenoweth age 70 of Palenville, NY, formerly of Nashua died Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015, at the Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel, Nashua, with Rev. Bill Nielsen presiding. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery with military rites by the Nashua VFW Post. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Michael Dean Chenoweth was born on April 17, 1945 in Charles City, IA, the son of James E. and Elsie B. (Treloar) Chenoweth. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church. Growing up Mike was very active in Boy Scout Troop 57, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in June of 1960. From an early age Mike had an interest in engines, he bought a 1948 Cadillac when he was 16 and took it apart and put a new engine in it. He played the trombone in band and participated in football, basketball and track in high school, graduating from Nashua High School in 1963. The next two years he attended Mason City Junior college and transferred to the University of Northern Iowa for his junior year. Mike enlisted in the Air Force in 1967 and was stationed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, TX, for basic training. He then was assigned to Scott Air Force base in Belleville, IL, where he met his wife, Lynn Zegel, who was also in the military. They were married January 6, 1969. Mike was deployed to Korea for a year. Upon returning stateside he was honorably discharged from active duty and moved to Palenville, NY in 1975. Here he joined the Air National Guard and was a member for twenty-four years, retiring in 2000. Mike was an excellent mechanic and worked for Montgomery Ward for many years in the auto service department. When they closed he worked in the same capacity at Sears until he developed a neurological disorder which forced him to retire. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; and sister-in-law, Judy Chenoweth of Fitchburg, WI; one niece, Carol (Troy) Mitchell of Fitchburg, WI; two nephews, Brett (Alicia) Chenoweth of New Glarus, WI, Andrew (Amy) Chenoweth of Elburn, IL; one great niece, Chole Chenoweth; five great nephews, Jim, John and Robert Chenoweth, Viktor Mitchell, Owen Chenoweth; one aunt, Estelle Treloar of Cedar Falls, IA; father-in-law Robert Zegel of Ashland, NY; a sister-in-law, Joan Zegel of Albany, NY; a brother-in-law, Donald (Gay) Zegel of St. Petersburg, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Craig; mother-in-law Roberta Zegel, one nephew, Greg Zegel.

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  1. Mike and I attended High School together. In 8th grade, he was a ‘town’ kid, and I was a ‘country’ kid following the reorganization of the rural Chickasaw County Schools. We participated in band and science club, and I am grateful that our classmate Ray Schneider informed me of your loss. My condolences to you. I am grateful that he will be honored with a military funeral. This is an earned and deserved rite. God speed. Mary (Merfeld) Ramsden Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  2. Lynn – So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing – His struggles are finally over – We commend you for your love and devotion to Mike – May he REST IN PEACE ! Gary & Jeanne Olson

  3. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I have many fond memories from growing up with Mike. My thoughts and prayers go out for and to Mike and his family. He will be missed greatly. Peace.

  4. Dr. Bill Rohde of Boston purchased the Love’s Journey for the family of Michael Dean Chenoweth.


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