Michael Larry Niffenegger was born March 12, 1940 at the Washington County Hospital, the son of Arlis and Muriel I. (Michel) Niffenegger. He graduated from Kalona High School and on June 17, 1961 he was united in marriage to Joyce Altenhofen at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond.
Mike was the best husband and dad anyone could ever ask for. Mike "The Flying Dutchman" was best known for his career as a late model race car driver, and is in the Hall of Fame at Hawkeye Downs, Farley and West Liberty.
Mike sold cars, worked at Slabach Construction and grew 200 acres of tomatos for Heinz. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and many auto racing associations. Mike loved to fish, play cards, play pool and visit and entertain his many friends. In his younger years he was an excellent swimmer and enjoyed playing golf. Spending time with his wife and daughter was very important to Mike.