Michael Tonelli

  • Born: August 5, 1957
  • Died: May 2, 2018
  • Location: Thayer, Iowa

Powers Funeral Home

601 New York Ave
PO Box 431
Creston, IA 50801

Tel. (641) 782-7036

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael Tonelli, 60, of Thayer, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A sharing time will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Avenue in Creston. Open visitation will be 2-:7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, with family receiving friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the family. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.

Michael Angelo Tonelli was born August 5, 1957 in Des Moines to Angelo Tonelli and Sally (Rose) Tonelli. He was educated in Des Moines schools. He lived and worked in Arizona for a short time doing Auto Body Repair and also in concrete and construction work.
On December 18, 1982 Michael was united in marriage to Cindy Lee Crispin in Des Moines. After marrying they lived in Des Moines briefly, before moving to Thayer in 1983. In Thayer he operated his auto body repair business, Mike's Auto Body, out of his home in Thayer. Michael and Cindy later divorced. Michael loved his family, classic cars, NASCAR, horses and fishing.

Survivors include his daughter Jenny (husband Jeff) Veitz of Creston; son Mike (wife Samantha) Tonelli of Afton; his father Angelo (wife Dana) Tonelli of Waukee; four grandchildren, McKenna and Grayson Tonelli and Payton and Riley Veitz, two brothers, Todd Tonelli (significant other Amy Elder) of Booneville, IA.; Dante Tonelli of Chicago; two sisters, Teresa (husband Mike) Ontiveroz of Chicago; Trisha Tonelli of Johnston, Iowa; and his former wife Cindy Crispin of Afton.
He was preceded in death by his mother.




Condolence & Memory Journal

I just learned of Mike's passing. I cannot express the pain I am feeling right now. Mike was my best friend in our late teens and early 20's. We had the best times of our lives. The Tonelli family made me feel like part of their family. Nothing could replace what Mike left in my heart. I will remember his smile and laugh forever. I wish we could have listened to Red Neck Friend one more time. I miss you boy.

Posted by Steve Bradford - Friend   June 29, 2020


Dear Mike and family,
I know time passes so rapidly, but you will always be remembered as the brother who lit up the room with your smile and told the most amazing stories.
Your leaving some amazing children to carry on, you should be so proud!!
You will be missed,
Much love, Terri

Posted by Terri Ontiveroz - Chicago, IL - Sister   May 08, 2018

To the whole Tonelli Family : Our sympathies for the loss of your son Michael.

Don and Janet Metcalf

Posted by Don and Janet Metcalf - Urbandale   May 07, 2018

I am heart broken about Mikes passing, prayer and best thought to the family! Mike you were one of a kind, always smiling no matter what, always had a great story to tell, well cuz I prayer you are at peace and soring with the angels, love you Cuz Rest In Peace ❤

Posted by Marcelaa Sawick - Council Bluffs, IA - Family   May 06, 2018

R.I.P.Mike and hope your family finds peace.

Posted by Gregory Fox - Des Moines, IA - Friend   May 05, 2018


I am so sorry of the passing of mike condolences to all your cousin Shelley and Emilio st john

Posted by Shelley St john - Springdale, AR - Family   May 05, 2018

To the mike tonelli family I am sorry to hear the lose of mike it's been years since I have seen him your cousin shelley

Posted by Shelley St john - Springdale, AR - Family   May 05, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear of Michael's passing my condolences to all

Posted by Debbie Fox/Cashmer - West Des Moines, IA - Friend   May 04, 2018

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