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Michael Niffenegger

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mike L. Niffenegger, 77, of Kalona will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond, with Father David Brownfield and Deacon Derick Cranston officiating.  Burial will follow at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 23 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, where a Prayer Vigil will be held at 1:15PM.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the family's choice.  Mike Niffenegger died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at his home south of Kalona.

Michael Larry Niffenegger was born March 12, 1940 at the Washington County Hospital, the son of Arlis and Muriel I. (Michel) Niffenegger.  He graduated from Kalona High School and on June 17, 1961 he was united in marriage to Joyce Altenhofen at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond.  Mike was the best husband and dad anyone could ever ask for.  Mike "The Flying Dutchman" was best known for his career as a late model race car driver, and is in the Hall of Fame at Hawkeye Downs, Farley and the West Liberty Race Track.   Mike also sold cars, worked at Slabach Construction and grew 200 acres of tomatos for Heinz.  He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and many racing associations.  Mike loved to fish, play cards, play pool and visit and entertain his many friends.  In his younger years he was an excellent swimmer and enjoyed playing golf.   Spending time with his wife and daughter was very important to Mike.

Survivors include his wife Joyce and daughter Julie of Kalona, five siblings: Gerald Niffenegger of Brazil, Ward (Kathy) Niffenegger of Kalona, Bill (Beverly) Niffenegger of Cloud Croft, NM., Dixie (Steve) Schlabaugh of Kalona, Jane (John) Schlabaugh of Kalona, six brothers-in-law: Dennis (Irma) Altenhofen of Washington, Ronald Altenhofen of Chariton, Roger (Mary Ellen) Altenhofen of Washington, Les (Barbara) Altenhofen of Washington, Doug (Bonnie) Altenhofen of Polk City, and Pat (Naomi) Altenhofen of Melcher-Dallas, IA.

Preceding Mike in death were his parents, his father and mother-in-law Maurice (Marcella) Althenhofen and two brothers-in-law Jim (Christy) Altenhofen and Danny (Chris) Altenhofen.

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Joyce and Julie, I am so sorry to see that Mike has passed. He was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pam P Jun 1 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy Joyce. You are in my prayers. Your cousin.

Cindy (Altenhofen) Peterson May 26 2017 12:00 AM

joyce juliegot a call from uncle jim, so sorry.shed a few tears and then remembered all the good times we had on opening day of pheasant season.that was the highlight of the year for my dad !!they gave new meaning to road huntin.i learned alot from mike..ALOHA OE MY FRIEND !

mark hiller May 26 2017 12:00 AM

I remember Mike from the Kalona school days. We shared several years before the mid-Prairie days. Sending sincere sympathy to the family.

Jim and Alice Grout May 25 2017 12:00 AM

I'm so very sorry to have heard this news. Thankful that Lorna Miller called me. Being in C R Now I wouldn't have known. Mike was a super guy and enjoyed him many nights at the race track. No matter where we were he was a star., and always a gentlemen. I pray you find some comfort as it is a rough road to travel. Please know I'm sending prayers for all of you. Just remember he will always be with you.

Connie Wilbanks May 25 2017 12:00 AM

Remember Moke from M.V.S.C. and 34 Raceway. Lots of FUN!!!!!

Darrell Kraft May 24 2017 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear about Mike passing away! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Harry Malichky Jackie and Al Kuenster

Harry Malichky May 23 2017 12:00 AM

Julie and Joyce, My heart goes out to you during this time of loss.I pray the Lord will bring forth His peace and comfort you in His loving arms.Mike was a great man.I pray you will always cherish the wonderful moments you've shared. -Becca

Rebecca Massey May 23 2017 12:00 AM

Joyce & Julie We just heard about Mike passing from my mom (Billie Forristall). We are so sorry for your loss. I understand that Mike was struggling and is now in a better place. We will always have our great memories and stories to share with one another. Mike and Goob are together again and probably causing trouble for others in heaven. Again our deepest sympathy to you and your family and we will keep you in our prayers.

Bob & Stacy Hiller May 23 2017 12:00 AM

Joyce, So sorry to hear of your loss. Great memories of younger days when we running around, the good fish that he would fix and always enjoyed visiting.

Ralph and Janet Speas May 23 2017 12:00 AM

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