Michael M. Oetken, a co-founder of J&M Displays, Inc., passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, after a long illness.
Born November 20, 1941 in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Milton and Frances Oetken. On August 26, 1961 he married Rosemary Ann Scott at St. Mary's, Kingston, IA.
He was a 1959 graduate of Burlington High School and attended Burlington Junior College. He served in the Air Force from 1961-1965 and worked in intelligence in Germany during the Berlin Wall Crisis. He worked at the IAAP in Middletown as a lab technician on the hydrogen bomb. He also worked at Bonewitz Chemicals as a computer programmer. He co-founded J&M Displays, Inc. with his brother James Oetken in 1980, serving as CFO, and was instrumental in developing the computer software programs for the company.
Mike had a strong interest in meteorology and storm watching. He was an avid stamp collector. He enjoyed mushroom hunting and trips to Las Vegas with his siblings.
Mike is survived by his mother, Frances Oetken, of Burlington, IA; son, Kevin (Lisa) Oetken of Monmouth, IA, and daughter, Diane Van Duzen of Burlington, IA; six grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers, John Oetken of Las Vegas, NV and James Oetken of Yarmouth, IA; sisters, Susan Skalinski of Burlington, IA and Maryann Beckman of Algonquin, IL, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary; son, Jeffrey Oetken; and father, Milton Oetken.
The Rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1st, at Lunning Chapel followed by the family receiving friends from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Oetken will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 2nd, at SS Mary and Patrick Catholic Church in West Burlington. The Rev. Father David Steinle will be the celebrant. The Des Moines County Resurrection Choir will provide music. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Kingston. The Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military Rites.
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