Michael David Gaekle, 60, a McMinnville resident and St. Charles, Ill., native, died Saturday, June 20 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.
He was the son of the late Lawrence and Jeannette Nichols Gaekle. He was retired from the construction trade where he worked as an electrician, plumber and carpenter. He loved the outdoors but his true passion was his music. He was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter for over 40 years.
He is survived by his children Aimee Hooper and Jaimz Gaekle of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; special friend Jennifer Johnson; sisters Pamela Merriman and Mardi Nichols; nephews Charlie Merriman and Denise Hill and Eric Cunningham of McMinnville, and niece Dawn Mills Brickey and family of Apple Valley, Calif..
The Rite of Christian Burial will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church Saturday beginning with visitation at 10 a.m. Mass will begin at 11 a.m. with Father David Cooney officiating.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 10, 2015