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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.

  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road