April 11, 2014


Mike Sheer, 47, died unexpectedly in his sleep early Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his home north of Bayard.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, at St. Gregory gym, formerly Bayard gym, in Bayard, with the Rev. Larry Monthei of United Methodist Church in Bayard officiating. Burial will be at Willow Township Cemetery near Bayard.

Recorded music will be "Forever and Ever Amen," Randy Travis; "Elvira," Oak Ridge Boys; and "There's a Tear in My Beer," Hank Williams Jr.

Casket bearers will be Paul Lemke, Mike McClelland, David Skalla, Mary Schwaller, Josh Bock, Marty Davis, Michael Buttry and Roger Klocksiem. Honorary casket bearers will be Terrance Lowe, Ronnell "KB" Ross, Fred Horstman, Rick Emswiler, Tanner Gotto, Rick Jacobsen, Will Wilde, Luke Jacobsen, Ryder Thurman, Sam Derry and Max Derry.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and resume at 9 a.m. Monday at the gym.

Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Calvin, son of Stephen Howard and Cheryl Ann (Rich) Sheer, was born Dec. 15, 1966, in Burlington, Iowa. He lived with his family on a farm near Bayard and attended Bayard Schools graduating with the Class of 1985. While in high school, Mike participated in all sports and was on the football team that went to state. He was an active member of 4-H. Following high school Mike completed the agriculture curriculum at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. He returned to the Bayard area and farmed with this grandfather Howard Sheer and his dad.

On Jan. 7, 1989, Mike married Patricia "Tricia" Emswiler in Jefferson. They were the parents of three daughters, the loves of his life. They lived south of Jefferson on his grandfather's farm and continued to farm and most recently also worked for Union Pacific Railroad. While his girls were growing up, Mike coached all of their sports. A highlight was working with the third-grade Little Cru team, especially when they beat the older girls. He helped his girls and any other child who needed help with their animals in their FFA and 4-H projects. He was named an honorary FFA member for all his involvement over the years. Participating in their dance recital was a very special time for his daughters. His three girls and his "Little Flower" were the center of his world.

In his spare time, Mike enjoyed deer and raccoon hunting, fishing and tubing. His daughters were involved in all of these activities. He particularly enjoyed the fishing trips to Canada with his dad. He was an Iowa State Cyclone fan, watching games at Jerry Burkhart's. In summary, Mike was a friend to everyone and enjoyed being around friends and family. Recently, he and his wife moved to the farm north of Bayard after his parents retired and moved to Jefferson.

Mike suffered a heart attack and received a stent early in April. He returned home and felt like the "Energizer Bunny."

Mike is survived by his wife Tricia Sheer of Bayard; three daughters: Gentry Sheer (Terrance Lowe) of Ames; Dakota Sheer (Ronnell "KB" Ross) of St. Paul, Minn.; and Rachel Sheer (Fred Horstman) of Omaha, Neb,; parents Stephen and Cheryl Sheer of Jefferson; sister Karen Gotto of Carroll; and mother-in-law Marilyn Burnett of Missouri Valley; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Preceding Mike in death were his grandparents Howard and Betty Sheer and Clarence 'Bud' and Betta Rich; grandmother in law Evelyn Gibson and his cousin Morgan (Sheer) Maurath.