Michael John Cody
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Michael John Cody, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Monday, November 5, 2018, at his home in Yankton.

At Mike's direction, no formal services will be held. A gathering may be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Memorials may be directed to Avera@Home or to the River City Domestic Violence Center.

Michael John Cody was born January 24, 1946 in Sioux City, Iowa to John and Harriet (Alden) Cody. When he was twelve years old his family moved to Yankton, South Dakota, where Mike began his devout, lifelong love affair with the City of Yankton. He attended Yankton High School and excelled in every sport the high school offered. And in the summer it was baseball. He was a member of the Yankton Teener Baseball Team and was very proud to represent Yankton in the Teener Baseball Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1964 and played football at Yankton College for one year before transferring to the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor's in English.

He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Dell Imig, on June 14, 1969 and they moved to Denver, Colorado, while Mary Dell finished law school. Two of their boys, Tim and Nick, were born while they were in Denver. In 1971, they moved back to Yankton, where their third son, Andy was born. Mike worked for Mary Dell's father at Imig Vending Company in Yankton and later purchased the business from him, changing the name to Cody Vending Company. Mike owned and operated Cody Vending in Yankton and was known as the "candy man" to kids all over. They went for rides in the big ole white candy truck and got to pick out their own treat. He loved the kids and the kids loved him.

Mike retired in 2001 when he sold the business to his sons and purchased a home in Key West, Florida. Mike completed Massage Therapy School while in Florida and became a licensed massage therapist, another way he helped people. In 2005, they sold their home in Florida and purchase a home in Rancho Mirage, California, where they resided part of the year and still do, enjoying the beautiful Coachella Valley and it's sunshine.

Mike loved helping people and had a passion for social justice. He was a very kind man and was described by a friend as a conundrum of compassion and controversy. He was blessed to have been able to have had the opportunities to travel all over the world with Mary Dell, his family and his friends. Mike was very fortunate to have a host of close friends and enjoyed laughing and spending time with them. Mike was funny…very funny. He was a cook extraordinaire and loved concocting his tasty Italian dishes, sometimes naming them, like one called KaiAngelo.

He loved playing and watching sports and biking to his bridge and his river making many stops to visit along the way. A lifelong runner, he would be seen walking in the house wearing medals he'd just received at the S.D. Senior Games. Mike loved living in Yankton, loved all of the dogs he had throughout his life, most recently Molly Boo and Scout and he was absolutely crazy about his grandkids, Carissa Willms and Kai Cody and loved spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Dell Cody of Yankton; three sons: Tim (Tricia) Cody of Yankton; Nick (Feem) Cody of Rancho Mirage, California; and Andy (Kathrin) Cody of Rancho Mirage; two grandchildren: Carissa Willms of Rapid City, South Dakota and Kai Cody of Yankton; one great grandson, Zenn Willms; six brothers and sisters: Rita Marschall of Reno, Nevada; James (Judy) Cody of Vermillion, South Dakota; Dr. Thomas (Stella) Cody of McQueeney, Texas; Julie (Jerry) Wenner of Park City, Utah; Patrick (Denise) Cody of Yankton; and Nicholas Cody of Yankton; four sisters-in-law: Dona Knapp of Yankton; Mickey (Norm Savery) Tapken of Austin, Texas; Patti Pujol of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Mitzi Fiedler of Key West, Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Harriet Cody; father and mother-in-law, Mike and Irene Imig; and four brothers-in-law: John Marschall, Phil Knapp, Eddie Pujol, and Terry Fiedler.

The last thing that Mike wanted everyone to know is that he was very lucky to have had a best friend for over 60 years like Roger Smith and that he got to marry a girl from his 13 year old dreams, Mary Dell. They spent 60 years together and in June would've been married for 50 years. All of his dreams came true.




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My sincere sympathy to you and your children, Mary Dell, and to your children, Mike's brothers and sisters and to all of his many friends who loved him as I did. His sense of humor and kindness were many of the things I will miss about Mike. May the wind be at your back and may God hold you in his arms.

Love you, Don & Nanc Schoenhard


Dear Mary Dell, sending sympathy and empathy to you and your family and Mike's family. He was an investment client of my husband the late Jay Miller, gone these 23 years now. You will be happy again...time heals.

Sincerely, Pat Richmond Miller


Mary Dell, he was loved by so many. Perhaps that is some comfort. So, no platitudes - just prayers and love.

Janet Robinson


Mary Dell and family: Please accept my sincere sympathy. I have known Mike since our Sacred Heart school days and he was such a good guy, kind, smart and fun loving. I enjoyed the time I spent chatting with him at our 50th reunion. He is missed.

Judy (Whisler) Botti


From Vermillion. Played against Mike during the late 50's and early 60's. We were able to compete fairly well in football and baseball. Always big rivalry games. My condolences to the family and friends.

Dave Helseth


I so remember Mike dropping by the Smith house in his candy van when I was a young girl visiting Yankton! What a treat to pick anything you wanted out of the truck! My thoughts are with you all on the passing of Mike. Damn cancer - huge loss way to early.

Love and Hugs to all of the family from Aunt Sal


he was a GOOD man....pat your hearts...he will always be there.

larry and glenda lanning


Thoughts and prayers to the entire Cody family. I was fortunate to have worked for Cody Vending for years over summer breaks during high school and college. Mike was the most caring, generous boss I have ever had. He was always so generous, kind and treated me like family. Heaven gained a very special angel. Hugs to you Mary Dell.

Kim Heglin Pischke


I'm so sorry to learn that Mike has passed on. He was a delightful, good man, who will be missed by all who knew him.

Jerry Wilson


I just learned of Mike's passing and send my sympathy to his entire family, especially Mary Dell. Mike was such an energetic and friendly person, and I know you are all deeply grieving his loss. I'll miss stopping on the bridge or sidewalk to talk with him and treasure those times my husband Jerry and I had the opportunity to spend an evening with him and Mary Dell. Sending my fond regards.

Norma Wilson


I join so many people in feeling a deep sadness on hearing about Mike's passing. I have been gone from Yankton for twenty years now, but my memory of Mike and his wonderfully upbeat personality remains very clear. May you all find comfort in the happy memories that you have of him. Sending prayers and hugs from Ohio to the family.

Jolene Buehrer


Mike you were the kindest man and I was honored to know you. And be accepted by all your family and eat at your table .But i also thankyou for giving me my friend / sister/ mentor Marydell and for all of the rest of my life I will protect that friendship and talk of you often and smile as I think of you RIP sweet dreams my friend

Carole Stephen Smith


I am just so gutted by your passing. You were such an enormous part of our lives and I still can't believe you are gone. Your best friend Roger misses you tons. Mary Dell, Tim, Nick and Andy -I am so very sorry for your loss and thinking of you all.

So much love, Sal Gal


I MET MIKE IN YANTON (1962) WHEN INTRODUCED BY BROTHER JIM CODY. I KNOW HOW MUCH JIM AND MIKE'S FAMILY LOVED HIM. PLEASE EXCEPT MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.

DENNIS M. JONES


Dear Mary Dell, Tim, Nick & Andy, Thinking of Mike & you at this time. I will miss my friend, Mike. My prayer for you, Mike, can best be said by an Old Irish Blessing: "May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."

Sincerely, Norman Savery


Hey Mary Dell and family... my sincere sympathies...thoughts & prayers going your way! Many fond memories of some of the crazy, fun times I shared with Mike back in the days.He was a super guy & will be missed my many. Keep on keeping on... Love to ya all.

Steven Baggs


To the family of Mike Having lived across the street from Mike and Mary Dell, until 2003, recall the many times of his return to his house from one of his runs or bike rides.. Just a nice guy! So sorry for your loss at this early time in his life. What a shock!

Gene Gorsett


I met Mike and his sons more than 30 years ago at CR Industries in Springfield, SD when he was servicing one of his vending machines. I worked there for 23 years and saw Mike on a regular basis. Not once did I hear him say an unkind word about another person. He was just one of the good guys! My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Helen Kelley


Sorry to read of Mike,s passing. I loved the times with Rita years ago. WHAT A LOVING FAMILY.

Carol Brownson Leach


I was sorry to read of Mike's passing. Great obituary honoring a special man. He helped many with his kindness and compassionate words of wisdom.

Respectfully, Dauna Ogden


Mike was such a nice boy who grew into... as my father would have said "a fine gentleman" and this was his highest praise. What a loss for you, your family and all of his friends. We were all... lucky to know him.

Miggs Williams Gillis

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