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Michael S. “Mike” Marcum, 51, Franklin

Michael (Mike) Scott Marcum, 51, long-time resident of Franklin, passed away unexpectedly due to heart complications Saturday morning, Dec. 28, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

Mike was born in Columbia, Mo. March 30, 1962 to Alfred O. and Nettie J. (Myer) Marcum. He was a 1980 graduate of Whiteland High School and went on to earn his associate's degree in metallurgical science and technology from Oakland City College in Indiana. His certifications are too numerous to list.

Mike was employed as a welding instructor at Atterbury Job Corps, Edinburg, for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he worked several years for Moran Electric as a journeyman welder, including many years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was an Indy car and drag-racing fan. Mike was a member of the American Welding Society and IBEW Local 481.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman and former member of Fur Takers of America. In his younger years he was an extremely successful trapper, setting records and paying off his first new truck with money he earned from fur taking. Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting and forever searching for that elusive mushroom “the size of a breadbox.” He also enjoyed socializing with his many friends, especially with longtime buddy, Weiser.

Mike loved spending time with his daughter, Magi, and was a good, if unconventional, parent. He would stick her in his pack basket when she was very young and take her into the woods to identify tracks, deer rubs and scat. Magi claims he once tipped his Toyota over after she called him a sissy while 4-wheeling with her through a creek bog. Then it righted itself. He was, after all, “The Man, BMS”.

Mike was a collector of robots, stemming from a fascination with "Lost in Space" he had as a child. He and brother, Steve, shared a joint interest in Hot Wheels and spent many hours running Hot Wheel tracks through three rooms of a crowded farmhouse. Mike later became an expert marksman with a passion for firearms and Second Amendment rights.

Mike Marcum related to and loved the students he taught at Job Corps. He touched countless lives over his 18-year career at Atterbury and, without a doubt, helped many change into productive citizens with promising careers. He will be missed.

He is survived by his mother, Nettie Marcum of Bradenton, Fla.; daughter, Magi C. Marcum of Trafalgar; siblings, Steve (Michelle) Marcum of Kettering, Ohio; and Judy (Mark) Warner of Whiteland. Family who also loved him include step-mother, Barbara Hunter of Stockton, Mo.; and mother to his child, former wife, Julie Young of Trafalgar According to Magi, her parents “were only a little divorced.”

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends can call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday, Jan. 3. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Mike to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131. 

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Marcum family at meredith-clark.com.

  • January 27
    Widowed group euchre party
    1 p.m. Sycamore Valley Community Center, 746 Memorial Drive
  • January 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 27
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • January 27
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • January 27
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • January 28
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • January 28
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • January 28
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • January 29
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 30
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road