David Allen Miksell

May 3, 1948October 1, 2020

David Allen Miksell, age 72, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in Des Moines. A private family service will be held at this time, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

David was born May 3, 1948 to George and Josie (Sheldon) Miksell in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Saydel High School and then went onto attend Northwest Missouri State. David was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War.

He married the love of his life, Shirley (Gammelien), on June 5, 1976, and together they raised one son, Jake. Dave retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 31 years of service. Dave loved fishing and being in the great outdoors. He cherished his family and enjoyed cheering for Jake in his athletic endeavors. Master of grilling, competitive cribbage player and expert fire builder, and he took coffee with his sugar. In the last year, he could most often be found in his comfy chair rocking with his granddaughter, Blake, or giving ear scratches to the puppies.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Shirley; son, Jake (Kelsey); granddaughter, Blake; brother, Steve (Cyndie Loeper); nieces: Tracy (Craig) Miksell-Branch, Amy Simpson, Ashley (Aaron) Ezzio; and great nephews and nieces: Nate Miksell-Branch, Ethan and Ella Simpson, and Aubree and Autumn Ezzio. He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to ValorFit or Keystone Church of Ankeny.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ron Palmer

October 6, 2020

Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Enjoyed working with him @ Post Office. Always remember the great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Tracy Witt

October 3, 2020

Many memories of Dave, high school, college, and the years after he came back from Vietnam. Dave was a gentle soul, intellectual, humorous, athletic, and overall, a wonderful person. He blessed the lives of everyone who knew him and that is what he left for all of us. You will be missed my friend !


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