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Obituary of Michael McClure
Michael “Mike” Thomas McClure
March 4, 1951 ~ November 24, 2019
Michael “Mike” Thomas McClure passed away at 1:47 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2019. He was 68. He was born in Beech Grove on Sunday, March 4, 1951, and was raised by his parents, Delbert and Nina McClure, alongside his three sisters-Linda Sue, Beverly, and Debbie.
Mike graduated from Southwood High School in 1969. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and served two years to include time in South Korea. He later began working at Fisher Body (GM) in Marion as a Gadget Man, where he worked until retirement.
Mike married Connie Dodson and became a dedicated step-father to three boys. He was adored as “Papaw Mike” and was responsible for copious hours of excitement to 11 grandkids and 8 great-grandkids. His teachings as a “Papaw” were numerous. He taught the skills of baiting a hook, filleting fish, calling a dog with his infamous, “hayer, yer, yer, yer, yah, yah, yah”, supervising while others did the work, and how to aggressively scrape the mold off of any food item that was “still good”.
Mike is best known for his uncanny ability to rope anyone into his world of conversation. He did not know a stranger and was always willing to either initiate a conversation or quickly become a part of one. He loved to talk and could talk for hours, especially on topics that involved his primary interests-food, fishing, rabbit, turtle, and mushroom hunting, the lakes, camping, and his family and friends. He had a talent for frying fish and turtle that will never be replicated!
Mike was a storyteller and had a story for everything. He was a shining example of a person that could not only tell a good fishing story but could exaggerate it in such a way that even the toughest critic could walk away feeling as if they had been touched by greatness. Those closest to Mike knew that his stories were rooted in true experience but always had just a few sprinkles (often more than just a few) of exaggeration!
Mike loved to entertain and enjoyed being in the company of many. The more people who surrounded him, the more entertaining he became. Daily entertainment evolved from simple yet serious chats during morning coffee to more thoughtful discussion that surrounded world issues in late afternoon to beer induced philosophies and problem-solving in the late evening hours. It is during these hours that the entertainment peaked complete with singing and dancing that always led to the grand finale-when Mike became a harmonica player extraordinaire! And, to us, he was.
When he wasn’t fishing, camping, or spending time at the lakes, Mike was back home in Marion spending time with his family on his 7-acre oasis away from the “city slickers”. He loved his patch of land and especially enjoyed bath time in his pond to which he was always self-convinced that he was cleaner than when he started!
Mike would give you the shirt off his back and was always willing to help a friend or family member in need. The only price to pay in exchange of his helping hand was a short (or sometimes long) lecture about how you may have landed in your current predicament. He did this with love, even when it didn’t feel that way.
For the many years and so many wonderful memories that he gifted to his family and friends, we are all eternally grateful. The memories of the Mike that we all hold close to our hearts will be the memories remembered and will be the memories that will carry us forward knowing that we are all better in some way because of our relationship with Mike.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; 3 step-sons, Donnie, Shane, and Chad; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Linda Sue, Beverly, and Debbie; three nieces; a nephew; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and more friends than could ever be accurately tallied!
Preceding him in death are son, Scotty; mother, Nina; father, Delbert; and a great-niece, Brooklyn.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at The Pointe Church, 1435 W. 2nd St., Marion, IN. Following the service, there will be a meal and visiting hours for family and friends until 6:00 pm.
Arrangements are entrusted to Integrity Funeral Care, 2901 S. Washington St., Marion, IN.
Memories may be shared online at www.ifccares.com.
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