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Michael Lee  Dannels
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Obituary for Michael Lee Dannels

Michael Lee Dannels, 63, of Hot Springs Village passed away on November 12, 2017. He was born in Mena, AR, to Virgil Dannels and Thelma Clegg Justis on March 12, 1954.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Louis and Eugene Dannels; and sister, Nancy Gage. Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Karla; daughters, Stacey Sills (husband Clint) and Lindsay Wong; brothers Charles Justis and Bill Willmoth; sisters, Donna DeWitt, Stella O’Brien and Betty Jacobs; grandchildren, Hunter and Dax Sills, Katie and Izzy Wong.

Shortly after graduating High School, Mike enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972. Mike met and then married his long time love Karla on September 9, 1972, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Within a year, he was deployed to defend his country during the Vietnam War. During his military service, while in Memphis, their first daughter, Stacey, was born in 1975. Once exiting the military, Mike, Karla and their new family settled in Tulsa. By December 1977, their second daughter, Lindsay, was born.

While in Tulsa, Mike started his 25 year career with the Postal Service as an Area Maintenance Technician. Upon retirement, he and Karla relocated to Hot Springs Village. He started his new business, Tropic Air, serving the Hot Springs area for over 14 years.

His hobbies included golfing, fishing, RV’ing, playing cards and dominos, and traveling with his family. He was an avid OU fan and enjoyed sharing that pastime with his wife, children and grandkids. He was proud to be a lifelong Shriner and supported the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport, LA. Mike, along with his fellow Shriners, made numerous trips every year to bring donated gifts and supplies to support the hospital.

Mike was dedicated to his family and his community.

A visitation will be held Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs Village. A Life Celebration will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Caruth Village Funeral Home.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Caruth Village Funeral Home

4623 North Highway 7
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

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3:00 PM
Caruth Village Funeral Home

4623 North Highway 7
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909


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