Condolence & Memory Journal

Jackie, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Mike and I were in quite a few classes together at SJC, and we loved debating politics. He was always so well versed on so many topics. He helped me understand more than I can remember. Puma love to you and the kids.

Posted by Domenic Maciariello - Chicago, IL - Classmate   April 25, 2012

Jackie, I will always remember what a wonderful couple you and Mike made together. You both helped make my experience at SJC a lot of fun and less intimidating as a freshman in Justin Hall. I am praying for you and your kids. I am so sorry. Mike was truly a joy to be around.

Posted by Jill (Peterson) Werling - Fort Wayne, IN   February 09, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. You were such a great family and Mike was a great man! Give Ethan and Lauren a big hug. Again I am sorry for your loss!

Angela Gapp

Posted by Angela Gapp - Brentwood, TN   February 02, 2012

I still don't know what to say and probably can't say it as eloquently as others but I wanted to post something about my friend Mike. He was laid to rest today in the presence God and of his loving family and friends. Believe me when I say, one could feel the love and prayers offered from those far away. His death brings the realization to many of just how short and precious life is for all of us. I can remember meeting Mike in High School. One time he offered me a ride home (one of Many) and I was terrified all the way. We were jumping the curb and getting a bit too close to parked cars. But he got better, as we all did. And he was always ready and willing to help someone out, to be a friend and to share what he had. He always had a smile or a mischievous grin on his face too (he was always thinking and scheming about something). I had the privileged of knowing Mike in College and was proud to see he and Jackie get married and have two beautiful children. These past few days have been exhausting but we have been able to see and hear from so many who loved Mike. He touched so many lives. He touched mine and I am the better for it. I will miss you terribly my friend! I pray that the Lord will bring solace and peace to all who mourn your loss. Farewell Mike, may you rest in the peace of Christ Jesus!

Posted by Kurt Krouse - Lexington, KY - Friend   January 31, 2012

I worked with Mike during his "asbestos" days. My pre-teen son and his friend were driving me nuts with their shenanigans. Mike let me bend his ear about it one day and I asked him what do you think of the situation? He calmly answered, "I think they're best friends." He had summed it up in a brief sentence and let me know that I was wasting my time trying to break them up. He was friendly and kind to every employee at the office. He was interested in our lives and let us share in his life and the family he was so proud of and loved so much. He will be truly missed. Gone way too soon.

Posted by Liz Crook - Belleville, IL - Former Coworker   January 30, 2012

Mike and I were good friends in law school. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Mike was always a fun, sociable guy with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed debating the issues of the day and held firm to his convictions. His friendship made our time in law school a much more enjoyable experience. My sincere condolences to Jackie, Ethan, Lauren, and the entire family. He will be missed dearly.

Posted by Jay Carey - Minneapolis, MN - Friend from law school   January 30, 2012

Dear Jackie -
We attended your wedding and I worked with Mike at Kurowski, Bailey & Shultz in Swansea, IL. I am sorry to hear of Mike's passing and will say a prayer for your peace and comfort in this difficult time. May God bless you and watch over you and the children.

Posted by Lauren and Tony Martins - St. Louis, MO - Former Co-Worker   January 30, 2012


I met Mike about six months after I started practicing law in 2004. He was with another defense firm and we became friends "on the circuit." I learned a lot from Mike while I practiced alongside him. We e-mailed back and forth a few times after he was no longer with Kurowski, and our kids went to the same preschool. I am shocked by the loss of this kind man, and I am so profoundly sorry for your loss, Jackie, Ethan and Lauren. Although I never met you, I feel as if I knew you, because Mike spoke so fondly of you all. My prayers will be with you during this difficult time. The world is better for having Mike in it, however brief it may have been.

Posted by Heather Asunskis - Swansea, IL - former colleague   January 29, 2012

Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike was such a bright kid and very high spirited. I was proud to hear he had become such a successful lawyer. Peace be with you always.

God Bless,

Suzie Ebbing
Doug Gaunt

Posted by Suzie Ebbing - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   January 29, 2012

Darrell and Cindy

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, Michael.

Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.


Posted by Bill and Leah Borror - Syracuse, IN - friends   January 29, 2012

thinking of sorry for your to you all

Posted by dave and liz kupkee - greenwood, IN - jackie's uncle and aunt   January 29, 2012

Cindy and Darrell,

There is nothing worse than losing your child. God bless you both, I will keep you & Mike in my prayers. Keep the good memories of your love for each other.yF

Posted by Peg Smidt - Marion, IN - Parent's friend   January 28, 2012

When Mike would come to the house, my Dad loved to push his buttons. Often Mike would take the other side of the argument, just for the sake of debate. We shared many laughs, and many great times. God speed my friend.

Posted by Daniel Herber - Seymour, TN - Friend   January 28, 2012

I attended St Joseph's College with Mike. I was a freshman when he was a senior. He was a wonderful guy and was very helpful to first time college students like me. I am very sad to hear of his passing and will be praying for his wife, children and all the people who loved and cared about him. God bless you all.

David Dixon
Chicago, IL

Posted by David Dixon - Chicago, IL   January 28, 2012


The Tackett family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength during this difficult time. Henry is Ethan classmate from St. Boniface.

Posted by The Kelley family - Germantown, WI - Henry is Ethan classmate   January 28, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mike coming into our room in Gallagher Hall at SJC. (I roomed with Clayton Temple, Dave Lieb and Brian Guerre.) He was always a lot of fun. Prayers for healing, light and support for you and your family, Jackie. I will be unable to attend the service, but please know that you are surrounded with a lot of love and support from your fellow Pumas.

Posted by Kerry M Foley - South Bend, IN - College friend   January 28, 2012

I'm so very sorry for your loss . My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Evan Miller - Roanoke, IN - BLHS classmate   January 28, 2012

Darrell and Cindy, we are so sorry for your loss. We'd like to be there but due to Karen's illness, it's just not possible right now. But know that we will be thinking of you and praying for you.

Posted by Sonny & Karen Sue Tackett    January 27, 2012

Jackie - My prayers go out to you and your family. My sincerest condolences. Mike was a wonderful person with such character. He will be missed.

Posted by Lisa Curley - IN - College Friend - St Joe   January 27, 2012


Our family is sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in memories you hold dear. Praying for strength for your family. Maggie is in Ethan's class.

Posted by Sam, Kim, Madeline, Mason, Maggie Durand - Germantown, WI - St. Boniface School   January 27, 2012


I use to babysit for Michael in his younger years. He was always a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Bev Fell-Steinbach - Dexter, MI   January 27, 2012


Darrell & Cindy,
I'm so sorry to read of Mike's passing. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you are experiencing. May HIS strength surround you and all the family during this time and through the days ahead. May family and friends gathered round give you comfort and support now and in the coming weeks.
With my deepest sympathy, Sue

Posted by Sue Bergman - Fort Wayne, IN - friend   January 27, 2012


In shock, I offer prayers for Mike's soul, along with those for peace of heart and mind for the Tackett and Leonard families. Jackie, I will pray for your continued strength. May your memories and God's love carry you through these days and those to come.

Posted by Rita Hawkins - Hollister, FL - SJC '95 classmate   January 27, 2012


I remember Mike well from High School at Bishop Luers. He was a very nice guy who was always similng and very friendly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.

Posted by Jeff Brechbill - Noblesville, IN - Classmate BLHS '92   January 27, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless.

Tony, Renee, Sophia, Joseph and Ethan Mazurek- St Boniface School, Germantown (WI) - Our youngest son Ethan is a classmate of Ethan

Posted by Tony Mazurek - Germantown, WI   January 27, 2012

Mike was one of nine grandkids on his mother's side of the family. Unfortunately, he had no control over the fact that he was the youngest of the nine grandkids. As I sit and think about what life will be like for his family now that he is gone, I can't help but laugh about how much Mike endured as the "baby" of the family. I am afraid he may have caught the blame for several things he wasn't involved in. Also, I would say he may have been "bullied" into sticking to the "truth" that we other cousins had vowed to tell. Although Mike will be missed by many, I do know that there must have been quite the crowd of loved one's to greet him as he arrived in heaven. I love you and will miss you Mike.

Posted by Amy Randolph - Marion, IN - cousin   January 27, 2012

Mike was a friend in law school at Washington University. He was one of those guys with whom you always felt comfortable. I often would seek him out at social events because he was so welcoming and so much fun. My condolences to his family, who I am sure misses him very much. God bless.

Posted by Chris Hite - St. Charles, MO - Law School Classmate   January 27, 2012


To the family of Michael Tackett, I am so stunned and so saddened to hear of the loss of Mike. I worked with Mike at Allstate Insurance Company. He had a great sense of humor and made the work day a bit brighter. I remember him always telling stories about Ethan. And I remember him calling to tell us about the birth of his daugter. He was a very proud father. Please know that thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time.

Posted by Sue Kilby - St. Louis, MO - Co Worker   January 27, 2012

My sincere sympathy, Jackie. Offering you and your children peace and comfort. I have fond memories of Mike during our time at SJC. Mourning the loss of a great guy and PUMA.

Posted by Marcie Kennerk - Indianapolis, IN   January 27, 2012


Our deepest Symphathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know that you our in our thoughts and our prayers. If there may be anything you might need lets us know.

Posted by Raj and Sandy Setty - Fort Wayne, IN - friend   January 27, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May you feel comforted by all the wonderful memories you hold in your hearts.
Jason, Kira, Devin and Drew Testin-St. Boniface

Posted by Kira Testin - Jackson, WI - Ethan's St.Boniface classmates   January 27, 2012

The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tina    January 27, 2012

My heartfelt condolences go to Jackie, the children, and your family. I'm so sorry to hear this. Mike was always entertaining to be around, the few times we got to be around each other. He will be missed.

Posted by Chad Wells - Indianapolis, IN   January 27, 2012

Jackie, my sincerest thoughts and prayers are today with you and your children.

Posted by Jim Woodcock - St. Louis, MO   January 27, 2012

My sincerest sympathy to all of Mike's family. Our law school class was a special group and Mike was a solid guy, well-respected and liked. We are all very saddened to here of his passing. God bless.

Posted by David Engman - Seville, Spain - Law School Classmate   January 27, 2012

Sending prayers comfort, strentgh and hope to your family. What a great life to be taken so soon!

Posted by Amy Alfaro (Torrez) - Fort Wayne, IN - Former classmate of Bishop Luers   January 27, 2012

Together we were Crusaders, Knights, and Pumas. How lucky I was to have him by my side, a perfect gentleman. Riding bikes and walking to school. Shoveling sidewalks on snow days to earn money for the latest Nintendo games. Home-run derby in the backyard. White knuckling it in the backseat of Mark's car on our rides home from high school. Bowling at Smitty's, a snipe hunting and Christmas tree high school court yard adventure. Drives to Rensselaer and back. I will never forget when I came over to study and Mike jokingly told Snooper, "Sick her." My first dog bite, something a true friendship survives. Mike was a blessing, one I will always treasure.

Cindy, Mike, and Mark, may you find comfort in the many memories of your beloved son and brother.

Love and prayers,

Posted by Stacie Erck - Chicago, IL - Friend   January 27, 2012

To Mike's family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Mike in high school. He was a terrific guy and I enjoyed our times very much. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

Sean and Kim Lamborne

Posted by Sean Lamborne - Frisco, TX - Classmate at Bishop Luers   January 27, 2012


My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time....

Posted by Michelle (Davis) Scialdone - Rochester, NY - BLHS classmate   January 27, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike, Becky, Avery, and Grayson Hames- St Boniface School (WI)

Posted by Mike, Becky, Avery, and Grayson Hames - Germantown, WI - Ethan's Classmate   January 27, 2012

Over the last day and half there has been much reminiscing and a bittersweet reunion of friends in honor of Mike. It is clear he will be missed by many. Prayers go out to his family and friends, especially Jackie, Ethan and Lauren. May God be your light during this difficult time.

Posted by Jenn Krouse - Lexington, KY   January 27, 2012

Tackett family, our sincerest condolences to your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

Jason, Angi, Braeden and Jack Gonzalez, St. Boniface Catholic School

Posted by Jason, Angi, Braeden and Jack Gonzalez - Jackson, WI - Ethan's classmate   January 27, 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy and always made me laugh. My thoughts are with your family.

Posted by Jill Cox - Indianapolis, IN - BLHS classmate   January 26, 2012

I'm so very sorry for you loss. My prayers are with your family.

Posted by Cindi Urick-Greer (Boneff) - Ft. Wayne, IN - '92 BLHS classmate   January 26, 2012

I'm sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Angela (Oldham) Baldinger - Classmate   January 26, 2012

My prayers, deepest sympathies, and love go out to you all. Mike was a wonderful man, and I am so sorry to learn of his passing. Please let us know how we may honor him.

Posted by Amy Meyers - Huntersville, NC - law school classmate   January 26, 2012

Our most sincere condolences to the Tackett family, and heartfelt prayers to your wife and kids, Mike.

The Halls.

Posted by Ben Hall - Fort Wayne, IN - High School Classmate - BLHS '92   January 26, 2012


I have many fond memories of Mike from our days as students at SJC...staying up late talking while he was working security, encounters in Gallagher Hall, etc. But what I will remember the most is watching him with his family at Homecoming and other SJC events. My thoughts are with Jackie, Ethan and Lauren. God Bless.

Posted by Terra Maienbrook - Rensselaer, IN - Friend/Classmate   January 26, 2012

You made life at Pumaville fun and rewarding. You are missed already. Sincerest condolences to Jackie, Ethan, and Lauren, the Tackett and Leonard families, and all of the Pumas who were blessed to know him.

Posted by Maureen Minielli - Staten Island, NY - Professor   January 26, 2012


Mike was one of my students at Saint Joseph's College. We remained in touch after he graduated. Only last year Mike took time out of his day to pen a brief note. I'll remember him fondly.

Posted by Peter Watkins - Rensselaer, IN - Former Professor   January 26, 2012

When I was 16, I moved to Ft Wayne and attended Bishop Luers High School, where I met my friend and confidante, Michael Wade Tackett. His parents, Darrell and Cindy, opened the doors to their home and welcomed us to hang out there. I don't know if they realize how much that meant to us it's so important for a couple of teenage boys to have a place to discuss the trials and tribulations of adolescence so thank you.
One night in particular, this was about twenty years ago, it snowed in Ft Wayne and Mike suggested that we take a walk in the snow and discuss the meaning of life. Mike tended to think a lot so we got along great. Well, I thought walking in the snow at night was about the best idea any one could have, so off we went, meandering around Waynedale. If I recall, our conversation covered our views on God and Women which were basically one and the same view total and complete awe. But we mostly talked about our uncertain futures. What would the future hold? What were our hopes and dreams? Would we love and be loved? Mike veered from very practical ideas such as becoming an attorney to more radical dreams of being a famous actor. I really encouraged the actor idea because I myself thought being a famous novelist sounded about right. Well, we finally settled on the idea that we didn't know what the future would be like it was a great big mystery and there was such a palpable thrill in accepting the unknown while the snowflakes fell all around us. We were so enraptured by that moment. We were in a transcendent state. It was a spiritual moment for a couple of 17 or 18 year old kids. As our walk came to an end, we decided that one day when we were old and gray we would co-author a book entitled Walks on Snowy Evenings.

Posted by Jonathan Bringewatt - Golden, CO - Friend   January 26, 2012


Thank you for being a wonderful friend to my brother and thank you for always making me smile as a 7 year old.

Posted by Kristin    January 26, 2012