November 10, 1945-January 20, 2018

DAVENPORT — Michael D. Ayers, 72, of Davenport and Lake Placid, Fla., went to be with the Lord, early Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at the Florida Hospital in Tampa.

Michael, the son of Joan (Sherman) and Donald Howard Ayers, was born on November 10, 1945, in Iowa City. Michael served his country with honors in the U.S. Army Reserves. Michael worked in the trucking industry for many years as a Detroit Diesel mechanic and heavy truck salesman, selling International and Freightliner trucks. After retiring, Michael and his wife, Nola, became winter residents of Lake Placid. Michael was of the Lutheran faith and attended St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport.

On most days, Michael could be found out on the golf course enjoying a good round or out on the river, fishing trophy bass. When home in Iowa, Michael enjoyed racing late model stock cars with his sons, golfing, boating, and spending time at his river cabin. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Joan Ayers, and his loving wife of 48 years, Nola Ayers. Michael is survived by his loving sons,  Donald (Tamera) Ayers, Douglas (Michelle) Ayers; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four sisters; Susie, Linda, Pat and Debbie; three brothers: Jim, Jack and Dale.

A service to celebrate Michael's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Runge Mortuary, 838 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, with Pastor Travis M. Fisher-King, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Michael will be laid to rest next to his wife, Nola, at Pine Hill Cemetery in Davenport.