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Ernest H. Michael (Mike), formerly of Indianapolis went to heaven January 27, 2017 at Lincoln Hills Nursing Home, New Albany at the age of 81.
He was born September 3, 1935 in Green County, IN to the late Wilbur and Hazel Michael. Ernest attended Wanamaker High School, Indianapolis and proudly received his GED at the age of 50, and was a graduate of Mallory Tech Electricity and Hydraulics. He worked for over 30 years at Jenn Air in Indianapolis as a supervisor, and later worked at Lawrence North High School as an Electrician and Maintenance man until he was 74 years old. He was a member of Southwood Baptist Church, Beechgrove, IN where he was an ordained Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Civic League of Franklin Township and participated in organizing the first street fair in Wanamaker. He loved antique cars, IU basketball, camping at McCormicks Creek with his grandchildren, nieces and nephews, hiking, and most of all was a devoted husband and a true family man. As a youth he worked in Alaska on Kings Highway and also lived in Texas for a few years but Indiana was always his home and he was proud to be a Hoosier.
He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Judith Keithley, sisters, Darlene Glasel, Kaye Flynn, AnnaBelle Michael, brothers, Wilbur Milo Michael, and Everett Michael.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Knight Keithley Michael; step-children, HC Butch Keithley Jr. and his wife Linda, and Marcie Keithley; sister, Belada Bade; grandchildren; Marybeth Hildebrand, Christopher Becher, Michele Hodges, Jessica Roth, Jeffrey Keithley, Melanie Fisher Ostrowski, Amanda Fisher Linder, Matthew Fisher; eight great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-great-grandchildren; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Bruce Knight.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. His Celebration of Life will be 12:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home chapel.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Youth Ministry.
Online condolences may be made to www.kraftfs.com
Published on February 8, 2017
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