Michael Dan Fjetland, 51, of Harmony, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, as a result of an airplane crash in Los Alamos, N.M.

He was born Jan. 5, 1962, in Belmond, Iowa, to Larry and Ruby (Gunsallas) Fjetland. He lived at Corwith, Iowa, before moving with his family to a farm outside of LeRoy in 1974. He graduated from LeRoy-Ostrander High School in 1980. He farmed near Harmony from 1980 to present. He also had worked at Hormel in Austin for a few years at the start of his farming career. He had other business interests in Wyoming and Arizona. He married Susan Kay (Phillips) Fjetland on Oct. 3, 1987, and they later divorced. They had two sons, Matthew and Lucas.

His passions were spending time with his sons and flying his planes. He will always be remembered for his famous hugs and his shenanigans. Family members said he was an incredible uncle who made sure he spent memorable times with each of his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his sons, Matthew Fjetland of Rochester, and Lucas Fjetland of Harmony; parents, Larry and Ruby Fjetland of Edgemont, Ariz.; sisters, Julie Fjetland of Lake City, and Lori (Randy) Back of Fountain; nieces and nephews, Nicole (Jason) Howard of Spring Valley, Dustin Thorson (Gena Anway) of Kasson, Tyler Back of Fountain, Trista Back of Sioux Falls, S.D., Danielle (Lance) Peters of Sioux Falls, Makayla Fjetland of Zumbro Falls, Minn.; and great-niece and nephew, Ayden and Emma Howard.

Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Revs. Dennis Timmerman and Laura Fladten leading the service. There will be a luncheon at the church following the service. Burial will be in the spring with a private family ceremony.

Hindt Funeral Homes, Spring Valley, is in charge of the arrangements.