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Michael Douglas Lynch

The day was January 16, 1946, when William & Lavetta (Overman) Lynch welcomed their first child, Michael Douglas Lynch in Redding, Iowa. Mike was later joined by his sisters Patricia and Pamela, and brother Bill. He was an active kid on the farm and didn’t shy away from hard work or taking care of animals, and often enjoyed horseback riding with sister Pat when time permitted. He attended grade school in Redding and graduated in 1964 from Mount Ayr Community School.
On August 17, 1965, Mike married his sweetheart, Connie Quick, in Allendale, Missouri. During their first years of marriage, Mike drove a caterpillar and worked at Iowa Grain before he started farming – first at the Elmer Athey farm and then on the Kyle Miller farm before purchasing land southeast of Redding in 1978 from his grandfather Eddie Lynch – a place Mike called home for the next 45 years. There he raised corn, soybeans, hogs and cattle. In his spare time, he enjoyed horseback riding and fishing, attending mud runs, lively card parties with friends, and taking Connie dancing. He was also active in the Redding community as a member of the Frontier Days Committee and United Methodist Church.
Mike and Connie often watched their siblings, cousins, and children of their friends, but were longing for kids of their own. After many years and steps in the adoption process, they welcomed Amanda Jo in 1980 and Molly Anne in 1982. They spent many years enjoying farm life – including picnics in the fields during planting and harvest season, attending the girls’ activities and traveling around a four-state area on the weekends with Connie’s band Borderline, where Mike loved serving as “the sound guy.” They celebrated more than 30 years of marriage before Connie lost her battle with cancer.
On February 11, 1998, Mike was united in marriage to Ruth Baker. They spent 25 years together, where they enjoyed gardening, working together and loved the quiet farm life. They were active in the Crossroads Assembly of God Church.
His life wasn’t the longest, nor was it the easiest, but he lived it in a way that was meaningful to his family and friends, and most importantly, the Lord. After watching the number of blood transfusions Connie received during her battle with cancer, he became a committed blood donor and met the 10 gallon mark. One of his proudest moments later in life was when he was baptized again at the Crossroads Assembly of God.
In August 2023, Mike entered Mount Ayr Health Care for his final months of life. He passed away on December 26, 2023.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Connie; her parents Harold and June Quick; his parents-in-law Loren and Edna Baker; his sister Pat, brothers-in-law Sam and Larry Baker; and a number of close loved ones.
Mike is survived by his wife, Ruth, along with his two daughters – Amanda Lynch of Clarks Grove, MN, Molly (Burton) Murphy of Mount Ayr; granddaughters Haylee Lynch and Trinity Young, and grandsons Terry Michael Young, Rowan Murphy, and Holden Murphy. He is also remembered by his sons, Chad (Tina) Bounds, Eric (Carissa) Bounds; grandchildren Harley (Kayla) Bounds, Chaz (Micheala) Bounds, Clint Bounds, Brent Bounds, Cassandra Strueberg, Zach Bounds, Savannah Teague, Harley Mittelstedt, Leann Mittlestedt, Eric Richie; great-grandchildren Sabastian, Lux, Kaylynn, Addilynn, Wesson, Harper and Kaysen and special grandchildren Sam and Carter.
The family thanks everyone for their kind words and support during this challenging time. They request memorials be directed to the Crossroads Assembly of God in Grant City, Redding Cemetery or to simply go donate blood in his memory at the local American Red Cross blood drive.

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