Mike Abrahams

May 28, 1948December 6, 2012

Mike Abrahams Des Moines (Cumming)

Mike Abrahams, 64, passed away December 6, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston surrounded by his loving family. Mike fought a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines.

Mike was born May 28, 1948 in Des Moines to George and Marie Abrahams and was raised in Winterset. He attended the University of Iowa and was owner and President of Phil Patterson Corp. for 30 years. Mike married Deborah Hutson Snyder on June 3, 1989. Mike was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 135, The Antique Aircraft Association, and the Ercoupe Owner’s Club.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; sister, Janelle (Randy) Sloper; niece, Emily Sloper; sister-in-law, Essie (Jack) Arthur; mother-in-law, Barbara Helms; and sister-in-law, Sue Zaabel.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for the Air Venture Brown Arch Project in Mike’s honor. Online condolences can be made at


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Michele & Jerry Roland

December 19, 2012

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season.

December 17, 2012

I was very sorry to hear about Des Moines' loss. Mike was a good citizen and a gentleman. Roger Duncan

Carol & Mike Holmes

December 17, 2012

What a beautiful celebration of Mike's life that was held Saturday. Mike touched many lives and many stories were told about him. His friends who spoke did an excellent job, bringing laughter to the occasion more than once. And the songs that were played. Debbie - much love to you.

Steve Hutson

December 16, 2012

I was very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I remember him as a very engaging person who did not know a stranger. He was smart, kind and a person I admired. The special quality that Mike had that will always stand out to me was his consideration of his father-in-law; our father John Hutson. Mike always had time to mow dad's yard, visit with him, and most important to dad, Mike would take him to the casino in Osceola. Dad's eyes sparkled when he talked about him and Mike going there for their “boys' night out”. I often wondered how many people would take the time to go out of their way to pick up their 80 year old father-in-law when they were going out for the evening. That was the kind of guy Mike was; and that is why he will be dearly missed by all.

With heartfelt sympathy; my thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie.

Bryan Knox

December 15, 2012

Bryan and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you Deb. Our memories of him from the EAA chapter meetings will live on and continue to make us smile.
We will remember his enthusiasm for life, his quick wit and contagious laugh. Please find peace in knowing he now lives with our Savior in heaven, where I've been told, there are airplanes as far as the eye can see! Safe Travels, Mike. Bryan and Sally Knox

December 15, 2012

Sincerest sympathies to Deb, god bless.
Abraham's Pack - Jim Johnson

suzi zaabel

December 14, 2012

Mikey: As your WINGS fly you
to Heaven waiting to welcome you Home will be Tom and Uncle Chuck-Tell'em I miss'em!!
I will miss your hearty laugh,
but will hear it forever in my heart. Thanks for your knowledge (trivia king) snd your guidence, most of all Telling me "I Was an OK Kid"
Goodbye Mikey I hate that you had to go so. early but glad you no longer hurt go in PEACE See u again. suzi zaabel

December 14, 2012

You made a good ride, Mike. Now sack time. See ya on the other side.

Maury Hunter

Al & Ann Shaffer

December 14, 2012

Essie, so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother-in-law, Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister, Deborah, at this difficult time.

December 13, 2012

Deb my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family... Your old dog groomer Marsha