Michael Francis Owens
- March 2, 1979 - April 7, 2012
- Indianapolis, Indiana
of Michael's Passing
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RIP mike you will be missed
Posted by: Robert Schoonover May 16, 2013
The first time I met Mike I thought "Man ,Thats a nice Genuinely kind person." Hearing of his passing broke my heart !!! May he rest peacefully. My prayers are with his family ....
Posted by: Mimi Hendrix - INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Friend May 06, 2012
I just learned of Mike's passing yesterday. I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Mike's professors in the Speech Department at Wabash College. In fact, Mike and I began our Wabash journeys in the same year. If memory serves I had Mike in two classes. Mike was a kind soul, thoughtful and caring, with a good smile and sense of humor. When Mike was working at Wabash I went on an admissions trip with him to Fort Wayne--it was an excellent trip with good conversations about Wabash, sports, and life. I will miss him.
Posted by: Todd McDorman - Crawfordsville, IN - Friend May 03, 2012
I am currently a senior at Wabash College. I went to Fort Wayne Northrop and Mike was my first contact that I had with Wabash. He had such a passion for it and spoke so highly of it that I had to visit. The last part of my senior year I was in constant contact with Mike. He took me out for dinner a few times and I remember coming to campus and he showed me around and showed me
Posted by: Chris McDougal - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend May 01, 2012
Mike was an incredibly special man. He had a true gift for putting anyone at ease within moments of meeting them. Bigcat, as I affectionately referred to him, was as genuine a human being as you could ever hope for, while remaining completely open-minded and accepting of all individuals...except for hoosier fans. He'd tell me the same stories over and over again, but it seemed like those stories just seemed to get better and better every time I heard them.
Posted by: Adam Murray - Salinas, CA - Friend Apr 18, 2012
Mike and I met when we both worked for the Ft. Wayne Fury. He was a college intern, and I was just finishing high school, awaiting my move to Ball State. I remember when we were both back at school he invitied me to a dance at Wabash. We had so much fun! We were connected from the beginning and had a bond that lasted throughout the years ahead. Even after college and I made my move to Indy, then
Posted by: Brooke Likens-Shell - New Albany, OH - friend Apr 18, 2012
We grieve fir the Owens family. It is hard to find the words to say during this tragic time, but when Mike became absent from the body, he became present with the Lord. Mike's family will be in our prayers for many days to come, and we will ask the Lord for healing within the Owens family.
God be with You all,
Doug and Stacy Fry
Posted by: Douglas and stacy Fry - Ft Wayne, IN - friend of the family Apr 17, 2012
Tim and Libby,
We are saddened to hear of Mike's passing. It has been a long time and those pictures brought back memories of our visits many years ago. Maggie and I would like to offer our sympathies on behalf of all of the Hunckler's.
Paul Timothy Hunckler
Posted by: Paul & Maggie Hunckler - Westfield, IN - friend Apr 16, 2012
Dear Tim, Libby and family,
May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. My heart aches for you. I am sorry for your loss.
Michelle Miller Hottman
Posted by: Michelle Miller Hottman Apr 15, 2012
Libby and Tim,
I am so sorry that I didn't get to visit with you at the funeral home. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many sweet memories of Michael at Forest Park School and fun times that you and I had with all the PTA events, board meetings and carnival! I would love to stay in touch with you - please email me or send me your address.
Love and prayers, Sue Michell
Posted by: Sue Michell - Ft. Wayne, IN - old friend Apr 15, 2012
Its so hard to put into words when a friend is lost, and to add to the grief is the suddenness of the loss and the unknown reason for their passing. I don't think that anyone can ever share a story about Mike that is not a positive or comical one. He was such a nice and genuine person to everyone he met. Its hard to choose one specific memory to share, and I know that the NS family has
Posted by: Chrissy Francies - Fort Wayne, IN Apr 14, 2012
Dear Owens Family. When I met Mike I was immediately attracted to his outgoing personality and infectious smile. As I'm sure was the case for all who knew him. He was a wonderful and genuinely kind and loving person. When I met you all, his family I could see why. I will miss him dearly.
Posted by: Rebecca Rivers - Indpls, IN - friend Apr 14, 2012
Dear Tim and Libby,
We were so saddened to hear of Mike's death. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Joel told us that Mike had passed away. We all have such fun memories of him and the good time our boys had with him, especially Joel. May God give you peace and comfort as you draw near to Him.
Harry and Lynnette Hyde
Posted by: Harry and Lynnette Hyde - Fort Wayne, IN - Florida Drive neighbors Apr 14, 2012
Dear Libby and Tim and family,
I am sorry to hear about your loss and my thoughts and
Prayers are with you.
I seem to recall that I did some babysitting of Mike
a long time ago!
Would love to get in touch with you.
My phone number is 260.243.0193 and
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: Joni Marquis (Schwartz) - Lake George, IN - Former neighbor Apr 14, 2012
Getting to know Mike my senior year at Wabash was definitly one of the highlights. Having a person who was a legend from his days there was inspiring. I miss you Mike. IHSV!
Posted by: Boyce Evans - Chicago, IL - Fraternity Brother Apr 13, 2012
Mike Owens played a key role in me matriculating at Wabash. I met him during my junior year of high school when he visited as an admissions counselor for the school. From there I maintained correspondence with him. Thanks to his candidness about Wabash, I am Little Giant with great pride.
Thank you Mike for helping me make one of the best decisions of my life.
Wabash College 2013
Posted by: Charles Hintz - Gahanna, OH - Recruited by Mike Apr 13, 2012
Tim, Libby, Meg, Mandy and Bill,
For someone who did not know Mike well, the memories and pictures being shared by those who loved him tell the story of a incredible person who made a true impact in the lives of those fortunate enough to have known him. Our hearts go out to you all.
Love, Tina, Matt, Emma and Cal
Posted by: Tina Stetzel Bailey - Lewisburg, PA Apr 13, 2012
To Mike Owens #34 with the big heart, great sense of humor and silky smooth jump shot you will be missed. We will continue to share your memory when we get together by reminiscing about the times we shared with together! I still remember the night I took my wife on our second date to Leodis's house for cards. It was quite the second date but she loved your sense of humor so much that she told me later that
Posted by: Ryan McCorkle - Findlay, OH - Friend Apr 13, 2012
I knew Owens well through our years at Wabash and I don't have memories of him other than those with a smile on his face and enjoying himself and his Wabash brothers. From the first time we met I knew he was a great guy and he was always comfortable in whatever situation he was presented. My condolences to your family, and from the the memories submitted from all over the world, it is easily seen what an impact this great man had on the lives he touched.
Posted by: Michael Pugh - Lafayette, IN - Friend Apr 13, 2012
Tim, Libby, Man, Magel Bagel, and Bill,
I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Mike. I'm so lucky to have been able to call this spectacular man my best friend for so many years. We had a unique and special relationship that I'll cherish forever...along with the fun times we spent together and all our glorious memories. Through all the tears, a smile or giggle sneaks in when remembering my dear friend because he could
Posted by: Molly Evans - Indianapolis, IN - Friend Apr 13, 2012
I really got to know Mike during the eleven days we traveled together around Australia last year. He was a great guy, very warm and engaging. He would often slip in funny comments when I wouldn't be expecting it. His deadpan deliver made them even more funny.
He asked me to keep encouraging him to stop smoking. I know it is something he struggled with for a while and was so proud of him to hear he finally quit last year.
I will definitely miss seeing him around the office.
Posted by: Greg Huff - Indianapolis, IN - Co-worker at IFSA-Butler Apr 13, 2012
From the moment I met Mike it was laughter all the time in his conversations in person and in his text (he won a Oscar's for the Best Texter in the world lol) I use to tell him Mike call me sometimes I'm old-school. I will never forget you Mike Owens you was a loving, caring man, and a good friend. Que la paz de Dios simpre este contigo. Ruthie
Posted by: Ruthie Reyes - Indls, IN - Friend Apr 13, 2012
Everyone here in the IFSA London office are truly shocked and saddened by Mike's passing. We have all worked with Mike and knew him to be a dedicated, friendly and popular member of staff. It is such a shame Mike never came to visit us here in London, our thoughts go out to Mike's family and friends.
Posted by: IFSA-Butler London Office - London - Co-workers Apr 13, 2012
I came to meet Mike, through his father Tim, who is a business associate of my cousin Tim Gouloff. It was always nice to see Mike for those Memorial Day weekend events at The Indy 500 because he was always a team player, very dependable and quite reliable, every time. God Bless, and I'll see you again.
Posted by: Brian Falk - Chicago, IL - Indy 500 Friend Apr 13, 2012
Tim, Libby,meg and Mandy,
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I have such great memories of all of you at lake George and watching him fish. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by: Kara mezger (Schwartz) - Ft Wayne, IN - Friend of family Apr 12, 2012
Mike Owens was in my 5th grade class at Forest Park. I had my first crush on him. I admired his blonde mullet( with lines shaved in the sides), and his neat block handwriting. I am sentimental and keep everything, so when I saw Michael's obituary, I went into my attic and found some old notes he wrote to me around 1991. I had complimented his handwriting, and he wrote back, " I started practicing my writing because my dad
Posted by: Jessica Polley - Ft. Wayne, IN - former classmate Apr 12, 2012
I have nothing but fond memories of Mike. I was sad and shocked to hear of his passing. We are Wabash Brothers, and we both are proud natives of Fort Wayne, IN. I thank God that I knew him, and my thoughts and prayers are with the Owens Family. We love you, Mike! Wabash Always Fights! God Bless You!
Posted by: Jamie Bopp - Cocoa, FL - friend Apr 12, 2012
Dear Mike’s Family
We were so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We know what a tremendous impact Mike had on the lives of so many. Our Australian team worked with Mike and couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, professional and wonderful person to work with. He truly went above and beyond in his work and built relationships with our staff and the universities he worked with in the process. It was wonderful having him visit us in Australia last
Posted by: Christi Hoover - Brisbane, Australia - Co-worker Apr 12, 2012
No one would doubt that Mike is one of the most loving, thoughtful, and sincere individuals on the planet. But he is also someone who made true love possible. In 2004 at a Wabash event, Mike introduced me, his colleague at the Indiana Academy, to his fraternity brother, David Rogers. Five years later, this introduction lead to the start of a wonderful marriage. We are forever indebted to Mike for helping us find one another and for being an unwavering,
Posted by: David and McKenze Rogers - Indianapolis, IN - Friend, frat brother, colleague Apr 12, 2012
Libby, Tim, Mandy, & Meg,
Words cannot express how sad G & I were to hear about Mike. Our hearts ache for your loss. I will always remember him as that toe-headed little boy with the cute impish grin. Please accept our deepest sympathy and our prayers.
Pam & Garry Schaaf
Posted by: Pam Schaaf Apr 12, 2012
Libby Im so sorry for you and your familys loss.
I never knew Mike but by reading all the things every one said about him he was a wonderful man. Wish I would have known him. He will be missed by so many people he touched and never be forgotten.
Sending love and hugs to all of you. God be with you.
Pam (Poe) Rash
Posted by: Pam (Poe) Rash - Fort Wayne, IN - high school friend of Libby Apr 12, 2012
Dear Owens Family-
I was in disbelief when I learned of Mike's death. I worked for Tim many moons ago and my younger siblings grew up with the Owens kids. We spent a lot of time with them as they lived close to us in Forest Park. Many years passed until I reconnected with Mike through Facebook. He was as I remembered, a sweet kid, just a bigger version. It definitely shines through in all of the memories shared here. I
Posted by: Matt Hartzog - Oswego, IL - Friend Apr 12, 2012
The pictures are so telling of the love in your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Janet
Posted by: Janet (Meschberger) Moon - Indianapolis, IN - Huntington High School "66 Apr 12, 2012
Tim , Libby, Mandy and Meg
Thank you for sharing a little about Mike's life story and your favorite memories . He has touch so many lives in such a short time and his hard work and inspiration will not be forgotten. His life and memory will live on in those he has helped.
We appreciate your confidence in the McComb family and staff and the opportunity to serve you and honor your son and brother.
Michael Murphy Mgr
Posted by: Mike Murphy - IN Apr 12, 2012
Living next door to Mike and working with him was a great blessing to me while I was in Indianapolis. Mike always went out of his way to be generous to myself and the rest of our neighbors never expecting anything in return. I literally needed a cup of sugar one time and Mike just laughed and gave me a cup letting me know to just ask if I needed more. That was just the type of man he was.
Posted by: Pierce Vanne - IL - Neighbor/Co-Worker/Friend Apr 12, 2012
Dear Tim and Lib.....I was shocked , to hear of Mike's passing.....I can't even imagine how much grief the two of you share.......Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Posted by: raymond matthews - stratford, CT - friend Apr 12, 2012
Michael and I were colleagues at IFSA-Butler. He was always kind, thoughtful and hardworking. He knew his stuff. I'll miss working with Mike.
Posted by: Rhonda J. Hinkle - Indianapolis, IN - Colleague Apr 12, 2012
We were all shocked and saddened upon learning of Mike's passing. He was an exceptional young man and will be missed by those who worked with him and considered him their friend. There is nothing to prepare you for the loss of a loved one. The whole left in your heart is painful and palpable. We all wished Mike's journey had lasted much longer, but the impact he made in this life can be measured by the love of his
Posted by: Linda Smith - Indianapolis, IN - Co-worker at IFSA-Butler Apr 12, 2012
To Mike's Family: Everyone at the Institute for Study Abroad is so shocked and saddened at losing Mike as a co-worker and friend. My heart goes out to you as you find your way through this very difficult time. It meant a lot that you took the time to visit our office this week to meet everyone he worked with on a daily basis. Mike was a special person who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Mary Georgantes - Indianapolis, IN - Co-worker at IFSA Apr 12, 2012
I am truly shocked and saddened by Mike's passing. I will forever remember the conversations and laughter we had over the years. His heart was true and passionate. To the family, please know Mike was loved by many and in his time here with us left a lasting legacy.
Posted by: Aaron Vela - Wheat Ridge, CO - Friend Apr 12, 2012
My heart has been heavy ever since hearing the news of Mike's passing. He would stop by my desk with a "good morning" and a smile. He was loved by everyone he came into contact with, and will be missed greatly. Mike made an impact on the world with his work and his personality. Keeping you all in my prayers - Mary
Posted by: Mary Towell - Crawfordsville, IN - Wabash College Admissions office Apr 12, 2012
I had the privilege of being Mike's uncle and watching him grow up, such a great kid, I was always proud of him. Mike's life is not over it is just begining, he left his material body here and moved on to better things, I will miss him but in a few years I will be able to give him a hug and talk about old times, see ya then Mike. Uncle Chuck
Posted by: Charles Owens - Indianapolis, IN - Uncle Apr 12, 2012
I'm so sadden by this. There wasn't one person who didn't love being around Mike. Mike was one of those people who just made everyone feel right at home...if you knew him for years or minutes. I'm so glad to have called Mike my friend. The world is a little darker now that Mike's fun spirit is gone. Rest in peace Michael Francis Owen. I'm going to miss my friend.
Posted by: Alanna Hill - Logan, UT - Friend Apr 12, 2012
I went to school with Mike. He always had a huge smile on his face and was always in great spirits every time I saw him. He will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers will always be with his family.
Posted by: Amber Allen - Clarksville, TN Apr 12, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the Indiana Academy. He is one of the sweetest and most compassionate people I have encountered. He made a huge impact on the students with whom he worked and also provided encouragement and understanding to his co-workers. Mike, you may not be here with us any longer, but you will always be in our hearts.
Posted by: Cheri Littlefield - Friend/former co-worker Apr 12, 2012
My father passed away just over a year ago and this was the conversation Mike and I had on facebook - just really shows what a kind and caring person he was.
I'm so sorry about your father's passing. I can't imagine. My fondest memories are of our friends back in the day on Florida Drive, and I remember your pop and seeing him at Tom's Donuts when I use to go with my dad. Just know there are strong arms
Posted by: Rachel Guin - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend Apr 12, 2012
Mike was a true gem as a NSHS student. He was in my Health class sophomore year. Always a sense of humor, very intelligent and well behaved. Delightful to be around. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Dee Herman - Fort Wayne, IN - Former teacher Apr 12, 2012
Uncle Tim, Aunt Lib, Mandy & Meg-
I can't begin to tell you the shock and disbelief I have at hearing the news. So very sorry! Your pain is unimaginable. Words can not express my sorrow!God Bless all of you and may you find comfort!
Posted by: Shannon Doust - Fort Wayne, IN - cousin Apr 12, 2012
Mike, we met one time and I remember you were so friendly and genuine. You and my son, Jarrod, were such good friends and I would always ask him how you were and if he had seen you lately. Thanks again for loaning me the book, I read it and I enjoyed it. I liked it so much, I finally bought my own copy. My son will miss you and I will miss you. The angels are waiting for you. Good-bye, Mike.
Posted by: Sandra K. Dortch - Indianapolis, IN - friend Apr 12, 2012
I was very saddened to hear of our family's loss. May the angels be with you.
Posted by: Kim Leming - Anchorage, AK - distant cousin Apr 12, 2012
Tim and Libby,
I will always remember what a sweet, polite young man Mike was. My heart is heavy with sadness as you are going through this difficult time. May God give you the strength and the peace that surpasses all human understanding as you celebrate the memories and love of Mike. God's peace be with you all. My prayers are with you.
Posted by: Brenda Pease - Lafayette, IN - Mother of Kevin and Tim Woods Apr 11, 2012
Oh, Libby, Tim and girls -- we were so saddened to hear the news of Mike's sudden passing. We are lifting you up in our prayers and send much love to you and to all of Mike's friends at this very difficult time.
Posted by: Joyce and Dan Preest - Florence, SC - Friend Apr 11, 2012
I was a classmate of Mike and Meg's I am so sorry for the pain you are all feeling and pray for God's peace to find you.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal".
Posted by: Tricia Clark - Fort Wayne, IN - classmate Apr 11, 2012
I have such fond memories of Mike, both as my student at Wabash College and later as a staff member in admissions. I saw Mike work hard to master Spanish and celebrated with him when he was selected to study abroad. I will miss him; his good humor, patient demeanor, and kind heart.
Posted by: Dan Rogers - Crawfordsville, IN - Professor Apr 11, 2012
I met Mike during my time at the Indiana Academy and loved every minute of being his friend! Mike was one of the most positive, easy-going people I have had the privilege of knowing. I believe that his compassion and love for others will continue to positively impact those who knew him and in turn, those who never had the honor. Mike lived a life worth celebrating and I am confident that is exactly what he'd want each of us to do! Rest in peace, friend.
Posted by: Lizzy Bergren - St. Petersburg , FL - Friend Apr 11, 2012
My heart goes out to the entire Owens family...
Letter from Heaven
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's not more tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon, and night.
That day I had to leave you when my
Posted by: Gloria E. Greene (Griggs) - Burbank, CA Apr 11, 2012
I worked with Mike at the Indiana Academy. He helped with summer orientation programs each year and I loved those times. He was funny, kind, and great at helping the students engage and feel comfortable. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Posted by: Leah D. Hooper - Carbondale, IL - Friend Apr 11, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by: Pam Rager - friend Apr 11, 2012