Michael L. Gade, age 71, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at his home in Cold Spring, MN, surrounded by his family. A visitation will be held Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Church of St. Anthony in Watkins, MN, with a Prayer Service at 5:00 PM. Private family interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Okabena, MN, at a later date.
Michael Larry Gade, the son of Lyle and Donna Mae (Wolff) Gade, was born March 12, 1950, in Heron Lake, MN. He graduated from Okabena High School in 1968. He attended the University of North Dakota before returning home to farm on the family farm. His knack for farming led to a successful career in agricultural sales with various companies throughout Minnesota.
Michael was united in marriage to Karen Hussong and they were blessed with three children Adelee, Vanessa, and Tyler. Years later, Michael met Linda Looman and they were united in marriage on November 19, 2004, at the courthouse in Litchfield, MN. With this union, he was blessed to gain Linda’s three children, Michael, Michelle, and Melissa, in his life. Family meant everything to him, and Michael was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather.
Nature brought Michael happiness. In his free time, he could be found in a boat, on a lake, and with his fishing rod in hand. Every vacation he took included fishing. It was his favorite pastime and he loved nothing more than to teach his grandchildren how to fish. Like a true angler, Michael could tell a good story, with maybe an embellishment here or there, that was sure to bring laughter. When the fish weren’t biting, Michael enjoyed hunting, traveling, and spending time with friends. He helped where he could, never letting a problem get the best of him, and finding creative solutions when needed. Michael truly was a great guy with a heart of gold.
Michael is survived by his wife Linda Gade of Cold Spring, MN; his children: Adelee (Wade) Dixon of Spirit Lake, IA, Vanessa Gade of Dallas, TX, and Tyler Gade of Heron, Lake, MN; his stepchildren: Michael Quale of Eden Valley, MN, Michelle (Andy) Scott of St. Joseph, MN, and Melissa (Jason) Hadley of St. Joseph, MN; his two grandchildren: Jacob (Gracie) Dixon and Isaac Dixon; his four step-grandchildren: Liam and Noah Scott and Gracie and Ellie Hadley; and his sister Sandy Weldele of Buffalo, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lyle and Donna Mae Gade.
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