d a brother-in-law, Jimmy Nelson; father and mother-in-law, George and Dora Niemand, brother-in-law and best friend, Lowell Niemand, and infant sister-in-law, Lisa. Mike James Deal was born on January 13, 1959 in Fort Dodge. He attended schools here. Following his education he went to work at the family business "Deal Hauling" eventually becoming the owner. Mike also worked for Premier/Aladdin Cleaners and also Fuller Brother's Garage. In 1980, he met his best friend Lynette Niemand and the couple spent over 34 years together. In 2000, Mikey started "Mike Deal Container Repair" which he also owned and operated. He was long time dirt track racer. Mike was currently the owner and crew chief of "Deal Racing" which his son, Jeff; nephew, Lance and friend, Brad raced for him. He never missed attending the Spencer County Fair, enjoyed camping, and loved to spend time with his family and friends. Mikey had a big heart who was a father figure to many, always treating them as if they were his own. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.