Arnold Michael (Mike) Van Dee, 83, of Cedar Rapids passed away on May 28, 2021 in Cedar Rapids. A visitation will be held Wednesday June 2, 2021 at the Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom from 3pm-6pm. Funeral Service will be held on June 3rd, 2021 at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories starting at 11am. A livestream of the funeral service may be accessed on the funeral home website under the obituary for Arnold “Mike” Van Dee, under the video tab starting at 11am on June 3, 2021.
Mike was born June 22, 1937 to Augustine Joseph and Margaret Mary (Holderness) Van Dee in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduating from Williamsburg High School, he joined the US Army on July 10th, 1956 and attended basic training in North Carolina. He was in the 229th Signal Company and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He was honorably discharged on September 16, 1959 from Fort Sheridan, Illinois as a Specialist 4. He landed his lifelong career at Collins Radio (Rockwell Collins) in 1959 and retired in 1992.
He married the love of his life, Beverly Ann Collett on October 19, 1960 in Marion, Iowa.
He was a passionate collector and could often be found at the auction, the campground or any family gathering. He was a guaranteed supporter of all his families sporting, choir, or school activity. He was strong, kind, and loving. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. Everyone knew he was the most loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather a family could ask for.
He is survived by his children, Barb (Rob) Dixon; Doug (Renita) Van Dee; Tina (Darryl) Jones; grandchildren, Matt (Theresa) Dixon; Nick (Gretchen) Dixon; Cassie Pahl; Justin (Hallie) Van Dee; Christian Van Dee; Kit Jones; Kami (Ryan) Steichen; great-grandchildren, Kaleb; Morgan; Katie; Pacience; Bridget; Genevieve; Raegan; Daniel; Jonathon; Aiden, Briar, Ryker, and Bexley. Siblings, Florence (Robert) Moellers; Sarah Martens; Carl (Sandy) Van Dee; Helen Mendenhall. Mother-in-law Sarah Lemira (Jameson) Collett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Josh Dixon (grandson), siblings Mary Brown; John; Ida Mahan; Grace Hotchkiss; Betty McGee; Andrew; Edward; Donald, and Raymond Collett (father-in-law)