Patricia “Pat” Michael, longtime owner/operator of Dean’s Dugout in Akron, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Hawarden Regional Healthcare.
Pat was born on April 8, 1944, in Norfolk, Neb., to Dean and Betty (Compton) Orris. She grew up in Akron, graduating from Akron High School in 1962 as Valedictorian. After high school ,Pat completed classes at Le Mars Beauty College. In 1963 Pat married Bob Klemme. Together, in 1967, they purchased Dean’s Dugout from Pat’s parents. Pat ran the business for 39 years before her health started to decline. Pat was known for being more than a boss. She was a counselor, a confidant, a friend, a teacher and a mentor.
Pat and Bob’s children are Jill (John) Heins of Vermillion, S.D., Kelly of Richfield, Minn., and Sherri (David) Skou of Le Mars, Iowa. In 1983 Pat married Larry Michael and gained daughters Megan Kycek of Bellingham, Wash. and Ashley (John) McDonald of Moberly, Mo. Together Pat and Larry had Noah who now lives in Helena, Mont.
Pat enjoyed many things in her life. She loved riding her bike, selling Mary Kay, ministering out of Dean’s Dugout, teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and screen printing posters along with performing at the Akron Opera House. Other talents were singing, painting, being a mother and a wife.
Pat will be missed by her husband Larry, her six children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her sisters and their husbands: Terri and LeRoy Carlson, Becky and Dick Frerichs, and Debbie and Dave Baker along with their brother John Orris. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, September 14. The service took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron.
A tribute website has been created at http://junkma79.wix.com/pat-michael.