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“Ever since I heard of you passing, I have been in a fog.....not knowing how to accept the fact that I will never hear your voice again, or see your...Read More »
1 of 77 | Posted by: Vicki Maxwell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“I just learned of Mike,s passing. I have fond memories of him.He was a excellent supervisor and a good friend.Mike never had a unkind for anyone.I...Read More »
2 of 77 | Posted by: David Cohron - Indianapolis, IN

“I didn't have the honor of knowing this amazing man but his obituary brought tears to eyes. What a wonderful tribute to an extraordinary man. God...Read More »
3 of 77 | Posted by: Laura Spires O'Hara - IN

“Mike, you will be missed by all that knew you! Thank you for all those memorable moments, like the time walking home when a guy sitting in a tree...Read More »
4 of 77 | Posted by: Dave andor Chuck Harrawood

“So sorry for his passing. I have not seen Mike for many years, but he has never left my thoughts. From the time we became college room mates in...Read More »
5 of 77 | Posted by: Pete Skelly - IN - Friend

“My Heart goes out to Michael's family, I met Mike a lifetime ago, and we shared some great times! i am gutted by his passing, he will be missed!...Read More »
6 of 77 | Posted by: robert pedro - Bermuda, U.S. Virgin Islands

“I am so very sorry to about the passing of Mike...I have not seen him for years ,but he was always smiling in high school and was such a nice guy. I...Read More »
7 of 77 | Posted by: kelly jarnagin - Hatfield, IN

“Laura - Scott and I are very sorry for the loss of your brother. You and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers.Love, Kelly and Scott...Read More »
8 of 77 | Posted by: Kelly Benjamin - Columbus, IN

“Mike represented the kind of person we should all be like! He cared deeply for all his people! I know he was so loved and will be missed by all whose...Read More »
9 of 77 | Posted by: Gisele Thompson-Fry - Fishers, IN

“I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the Indianapolis call-site. He was always a joyful person. I admired his enthusiasm. We both liked our...Read More »
10 of 77 | Posted by: Nikki Knox - Coworker

“My heart goes out to Mike's family. I have known Mike since he started at the call site. He was a wonderful person and a joy to work with each day...Read More »
11 of 77 | Posted by: Nina Smith - Indianapolis, IN

“May God's love walk with you through this shadow and on to His promise of eternal life. My love walks with you as well ”
12 of 77 | Posted by: Kathy (Stork) Niggemyer - WA

“Mike inspired me, I will miss him in my life. ”
13 of 77 | Posted by: Jon Hays - Indianapolis

“So saddened by Michaels passing. He was always interested in what we were doing and always took the time to sit and talk for a spell and share a...Read More »
14 of 77 | Posted by: Deb Callis - Phoenix, AZ - Family

“I met Michael at the Indy Call site last year. Though I only worked there briefly, Mike had a real impact on me. He knew I was going through a tough...Read More »
15 of 77 | Posted by: Sue Blake - West Palm Beach, FL

“Mike was the roommate at one time and long-time friend of my son Herb in Indianapolis. But we talked several times when I visited their home. He...Read More »
16 of 77 | Posted by: Paul Petrotta - BLOOMINGTON, IN

“Aunt Ruth, Uncle Pete, and Family Our Sincere condolences for the loss of our Michael, one of our favorite Cousins. We can remember well our days in...Read More »
17 of 77 | Posted by: Susan Stanley-Heina - Dover, TN

“Thanks for calling when I wouldn't. Thanks for always inviting me. Thanks for hiking with me. Thanks for making me feel loved and wanted. Thanks for...Read More »
18 of 77 | Posted by: Ron Howard

“To all that knew and loved Mike I send my condolences. I met Mike through a mutual friend and for this I am forever grateful. Mike was a wise soul...Read More »
19 of 77 | Posted by: Rick Mallik - Severna Park, MD

“Ruth and Pete, Hib and I are so sorry. I remember we followed him when he was on the Appalachian trail. He had a such a good life and know he gave...Read More »
20 of 77 | Posted by: Hib and Sally RIGGLE - BOONVILLE, IN

“Michael was a dear friend that I was blessed to be able to spend some quality time with recently. I accompanied him to Vermont and hiked the first...Read More »
21 of 77 | Posted by: Brenda Hamm - Indianapolis, IN

“My condolences to the family of Mike. I have known Mike since the first day he walked into the IRS. Mike possessed such a beautiful heart, soul and...Read More »
22 of 77 | Posted by: Gail Groves - Indianapolis, IN

“I was so saddened by Mike's passing. Shared many good conversations working across from Mike. He was a great person and a terrific co-worker. RIP,...Read More »
23 of 77 | Posted by: Bill Walworth

“TO THE FAMILY OF MIKE, MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL ,, I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT WHEN I HEARD OF MIKE'S PASSING ,, MIKE AND I WORKED TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS...Read More »
24 of 77 | Posted by: TIM BURNS - EVANSVILLE, IN

“No other has a soul like Mike's, he was a true blessing to everyone he came in contact with. Great Mentor and friend, I will miss our daily talks...Read More »
25 of 77 | Posted by: Blythe Caul - Morgantown, IN

“Mike was a wonderful person. It is very hard to know that I will not see him again, That I spoke with him for the last time a week ago. He will be...Read More »
26 of 77 | Posted by: SHARRON JOHNSON - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“Life is a journey, not a destination. Mike lived that journey. He now continues the journey in that next place. Mike's spirit will be missed among...Read More »
27 of 77 | Posted by: Jared Dettmer - Indpls, IN

“To Michael's friends and family. May God hold your hearts and your hands as you walk this difficult path.I am so sorry for your loss.May Mike...Read More »
28 of 77 | Posted by: Jennifer Wirick-Plamer - Roy, UT

“Pete and Ruth,My sympathy and prayers for you and your family. ”
29 of 77 | Posted by: Barbara Marksbury - Lake Wales, FL

“I was so saddened to learn of Mikes passing. I worked with him in Chandler Indiana. He was a great person, he was funny and quick to help if ever...Read More »
30 of 77 | Posted by: A friend

“Laura, Jimmy & Familiy - I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Tracy Fulkerson Jones ”
31 of 77 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest and most sincere condolences to you on the loss of Michael, I can hardly believe it. He was a great guy and so interesting. He had such a...Read More »
32 of 77 | Posted by: Rebecca Rastenburg - Walnut Creek, CA

“I've known Mike since he came to work at the call site. In all those years, I have never heard anyone to say anything bad about him. He was always...Read More »
33 of 77 | Posted by: Karen Bryant - Indianapolis, IN

“A better man I have never known. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He brightened up the workplace with his smile and crazy jokes. His...Read More »
34 of 77 | Posted by: Karen DeSplinter - Indianapolis, IN

“Unbelievable.... Michael was the kind of person that always had a positive outlook on any situation. His quick wit and sarcasm had you cracking up,...Read More »
35 of 77 | Posted by: Nina Depp - Indianapolis, IN

“Please accept my deepest sympathies on Mike's passing. ”
36 of 77 | Posted by: Kim Vollmer-Willenborg - IL

“Always a joy to be around, I had not seen him in years, but will never forget his passion. We have lost a good one. Prayers for the family ”
37 of 77 | Posted by: Stanley Maday - Boonville, IN

“My prayers are with Mike's family and friends. Mike was very nice to all, and a joy to be around. You'll be missed! ”
38 of 77 | Posted by: Dave Gonwa - Indianapolis, IN

“My prayers to his family and friends. I have only know Mike 7 years but I will miss him and him calling me Mandy. He was one of two that was allowed...Read More »
39 of 77 | Posted by: Amanda Stafford - Anderson, IN

“To the Keethers Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Michael and my husband, Allan, were great friends and I came to know Michael through...Read More »
40 of 77 | Posted by: Cathy Kieta - Indianapolis, IN

“Michael was an incredible guy. He will be missed. Keep on trucking in heaven ”
41 of 77 | Posted by: Tonya Lamer - Indianapolis, IN

“For nearly 40 years Mike made us laugh and helped us to take a big bite out of life under any and all circumstances. We miss you terribly, Michael,...Read More »
42 of 77 | Posted by: T. J. Miller - Zionsville, IN

“Life is a journey, not a destination. Mike lived that journey. He now continues the journey in that next place. Mike's spirit will be missed among...Read More »
43 of 77 | Posted by: Jared Dettmer - Indpls, IN

“Words can't express the sense of loss in my heart. Mike was a great friend and always made me smile. He will be missed more than he knows... ”
44 of 77 | Posted by: Mark Allison - Indianapolis, IN

“Miss you Michael, words escape me..... ”
45 of 77 | Posted by: Kathleen Harris - Indianapolis, IN

The Green Mountains of Vermont “I don't know what words to use to describe what Michael meant to me. He was an old soul, a bohemian at heart who had a zest for life like no one I...Read More »
46 of 77 | Posted by: Angie Jones - Indianapolis, IN

“Mike was truly a great person, thoughtful, insightful, My condolences for your loss. ”
47 of 77 | Posted by: Royce Balon - Lowell, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
48 of 77 | Posted by: A friend

“Love you, Mike. You truely lived a little larger than life. Your kindness and welcoming manner to help me feel as one of your family was greatly...Read More »
49 of 77 | Posted by: Crispin Keethers - Henderson, KY

“Mike was one of a kind and full of life. He valued relationships. Whether you were a life long friend, family, or someone he just met, he made an...Read More »
50 of 77 | Posted by: Meena Saxena - Tampa, FL - Friend

“Our hearts weigh heavy with the loss of our friend. May you be lost no more. Save us some space on the rail until we meet again. ”
51 of 77 | Posted by: Deirdre Adkins - Pittsburgh, PA

“Mike was a generous and thoughtful person. He always helped everyone at work. He will be missed greatly. ”
52 of 77 | Posted by: Kathie Morris - Indianapolis, IN

“Laura, I am praying for you and your family. I am sorry about the loss of your brother! May God comfort you and your family!Love,Dea ”
53 of 77 | Posted by: Dea Young - Muncie, IN - Friend

“Laura, although I did not know your brother, I was very sorry to hear of his passing. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
54 of 77 | Posted by: Debbie Martin - Boonville, IN

“Mike was a wonderful person and he will be missed...prayers to the family. ”
55 of 77 | Posted by: Stacey Fisher - White hall, AR

“To all that knew Mike, I leave my condolences, he was a good friend and a great person. His wit and outlook were high points in many days. Though...Read More »
56 of 77 | Posted by: john schmitt - Indianapolis, IN

“Mike was one of the best men that ever has been. I have known him around 20plus years. He has a great sense of humor, was compassionate about...Read More »
57 of 77 | Posted by: Cindy Maze - Indpls, IN

“Bruce and I send our deepest condolences to Mike's family. We will always remember his smile and spirit. ”
58 of 77 | Posted by: Ursula Hust - Evansville, IN

“So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. ”
59 of 77 | Posted by: Mary Ann Weightman (Tenhumberg)

“Mike was an awesome person and co-worker. He was a very kind hearted person and will truly be missed. ”
60 of 77 | Posted by: Cheryl Holloway - Jacksonville, FL

“Its comforting knowing that Mike began his spiritual journey on the trails he loved. ”
61 of 77 | Posted by: Mike Howard - Saginaw, TX

“I was so shocked to read this obit. Dear Ruth and Pete please know you and the other kids are in my prayers. ”
62 of 77 | Posted by: Charlotte Orth - Boonville, IN

“So sorry for your loss may God be with you at this time. ”
63 of 77 | Posted by: Tim & Vicki Wilder

“Mike brightened our days at work. His positivity will be missed. Condolences and prayers for the family. ”
64 of 77 | Posted by: Sha Indy CFIRE - Indianapolis, IN

“Lost Sailor no more. A true trail angel guides us now. ”
65 of 77 | Posted by: Laura Hack - Columbus, IN

“My condolences to the Keethers family. " Mike Mike" is what I called him and he called be "Rock". My heart is full and Mike is dearly missed. Mike...Read More »
66 of 77 | Posted by: Roianna Cooper - Noblesville, IN

“One of the nicest men I've ever known. Mike made me laugh for close to 30 years and I've always considered him family. His absence next door is heavy. ”
67 of 77 | Posted by: Robin Anderson - Indianapolis, IN

“Joe & Pete we are sorry to hear of Mike's passing ”
68 of 77 | Posted by: Bob & Sherry Wagner - SC

“I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Lost Sailor!. Just met him this week on the Long Trail at The Green Mountain House Hostel. He was incredibly...Read More »
69 of 77 | Posted by: Tam Willey - Jamaica Plain, MA

“Mike was a blessing to be around, his being will live on in the woods.... See you then Mike ”
70 of 77 | Posted by: Jeff Hunter - New Palestine, IN

“Mike was my best friend, we shared so many happy times together over 31 years. When I was around Mike I became complete, I miss him so very much and...Read More »
71 of 77 | Posted by: Larry Fisher - barrington, IL

“Sending my condolences. I will miss seeing Micheal everyday at work. He always had a smile and a long word. ”
72 of 77 | Posted by: Keri Jones - Indianapolis, IN

“We didn't know Michael personally, but our hearts go out to Pete and Ruth. Be strong and hold on to your response love. Our hearts are broken for...Read More »
73 of 77 | Posted by: Larry and Carolyn Elikofer

“The world lost a great man with Michael's passing. He will be sorely missed here though I am sure they are having one hell of a party in Heaven. My...Read More »
74 of 77 | Posted by: Scott Boxell - Irving, TX

“Mike was one of the finest people I have ever known in my life. We worked together in different capacities and his was the most compassionate and...Read More »
75 of 77 | Posted by: Roberta Lumiere - Indianapolis, IN

“Very sorry to hear of Mikes passing.He was doing what he loved when he passed....I was impressed with Mike and his fortitude. I admired how he...Read More »
76 of 77 | Posted by: Brian Bless - Indianapolis, IN

“So sorry to have lost Mike. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to friends and family. ”
77 of 77 | Posted by: Roy Franklin - Fishers, IN


Michael Anthony Keethers, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was a kindred spirit full of life and passion who was loved by many. A spiritual karma surrounded him that was comforting to all who ever had the pleasure to know him. Mike was always willing to provide shelter from any storm with both words and actions. His charming way of looking at life was contagious and an inspiration while his playfully sarcastic jabs made you know you were such an important part of his life. "The only thing better than life are the people you meet along the way."
Mike had many interests. He was moved by live music and the energy it created as he spent a large amount of time enjoying this experience with his devoted friends. He was an avid naturalist who loved any adventure. The year he turned 40 he accomplished the nearly impossible by Thru- hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. When he turned 50, to the amazement of family and friends, he rode his bike across America coast to coast in 62 days. With this same spirit, he was hiking the Long Trail from Vermont to Canada when he had a medical emergency near Peru, Vermont, which led to his passing on September 4, 2016. While deeply shocked and saddened by his passing, Mike was doing what he loved surrounded by the beauty of nature. He literally went out with his walking sticks in hand and "with his boots on."
Michael was born on April 20, 1959 and is survived by his parents, Peter and Ruth Keethers; siblings, Joseph (Ronda) Keethers; Mary Ellen (Keith) Sweeney; Laura (Gene) Hack; James (Crispin) Keethers and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly for his quick wit while always being a safe beacon for them to be themselves. He loved unconditionally.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 at St. Clement Catholic Church, 422 E Sycamore St, Boonville, IN 47601. Visitation 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Bradley's Colonial Chapel, 1005 E. Main St. Boonville, IN and 1 hr. visitation before mass at Church. Inurnment at a later date in Mount Olive Cemetery. In lieu of flowers to continue to honor Michael (aka Lost Sailor) and his passion, contributions can be made to the National Parks Foundation https://donate.nationalparks.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1957&ea.campaign.id=45024 or
Appalachian Trail Conservancy https://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/ways-to-give/make-a-donation
Condolences to the family can be sent to www.bradleyscc.com

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