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I am so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I know he will be greatly missed. He was a super nice guy, kind and forgiving to a fault. The world became a little darker at his passing. My prayers are with family and friends.

In Christian love,

Posted by: Joe Hackworth - High Point, NC - First Cousin   Nov 24, 2012


Wanted you to know you have been in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by: Wendy Hite - New Paris, IN   Nov 22, 2012

My prayers go out to all of you.
Mike and I met on the bus going to the induction center at Indianapolis and became fast friends. We sat side by side on our trip to Fort Knox, KY and shared our fear of getting shots in the arm and other places, and the rigors of basic training.
R.I.P Mike
Max Ruch

Posted by: Max Ruch - Hernando, MS - Old Army Buddy   Nov 21, 2012


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Although I haven't kept in close contact I cherish the memories and the friendship we shared. Of course, my memories of Mike include his final shot in the basketball sectionals that that made Silver Lake the success story of the day. I, also remember his "suped -up " Chevy that we were able to "borrow" on occation. It was wonderful to grow up in the Silver Lake community with such good people.

Jan Scott

Posted by: Janet Scott - Carmel, IN - Friend of sister - Jenny   Nov 21, 2012

Phil I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Deb VanRooyen - Minneapolis, MN   Nov 21, 2012

As cousins, Mike was 11 years older, I have many memories of Mike. Watching him play basketball as a kid, he was the best. Always wanted to be as good or better than him. It was a goal. I remember at a Reunion being sure he would see how far i could throw a baseball. And of course, my baseball card collection started because of Mike.

Mike you were loved.


Posted by: Brett Hackworth - Raymore, MO - Cousin   Nov 21, 2012

To Eric and Phillip, I have so many fond memories of your father....when your mom and dad became high school sweethearts, when he went to Viet Nam, I stood up with your mom at their wedding. Mike was very good at playing high school basketball and respected by his classmates! Your dad was a great guy and loved by many! I still remember the time you got so sick at my house from eating all that candy! Tell your Aunt

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Posted by: Marilyn Ferverda Bayak - Goshen, IN - Former Sister-In-Law   Nov 21, 2012