Nobody covers Brown County like The Democrat Buy PDF| Advertise| Contact Us
Hoosier Harvest Cookbook
 
Obituaries
 
Michael James Renihan, 78, Martinsville

Michael James Renihan, 78, Martinsville, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, after battling cancer.

Mike was born to Edward and Mary (Johnson) Renihan in Indianapolis, Feb. 6, 1936.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Mary Johanna (Bunge) Renihan; four daughters, Marsha Renihan, Michelle Collins (Tom Mosley), Melinda Provines (Matthew) and Monica Tender (Robert); four sisters, Mary Jane Sutton (Richard), Pat Lesher, Lois Lorian and Kathleen Shires; brother, Timothy Renihan (Sharon); half-sister, Anna Marie Bair; half-brothers, William Esselborn Jr., Dennis Esselborn and Kevin Esselborn. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Rachel Dial (Steve), Elyza Wickham (Thomas James), Chloe Limbach (Kyle), Chris Collins, Kyle Collins (Emily), Nathan Provines, Claire Provines, Mia Tender, Robert Tender, Patrick Tender; three great-grandchildren, Ashlinn Dial, Kaileigh Olsen, and Knox Limbach.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Renihan (Ellen); and sister, Janette Harris.

Michael was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War, where he served in Korea and Japan. He earned the National Defense Service and Good Conduct medals.  He was honorably discharged in 1956. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest, and as evidenced in his generous contributions locally. He was a dual member of the American Legion and Sons, Post 230 in Martinsville, where he was past service commander, service officer, historian and served on the Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Morgan County Marine Corps League, Unit 1367, and the Martinsville VFW. 

As a child, Mike grew up in a family that was involved in horse racing. His passion for horse racing continued into his adult life where he was instrumental in developing the Indiana Quarter Horse Racing Program, now a premier racing program recognized nationally. Mike was a lifetime member of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana, joining in 1964. While serving on the QHRAI Board of Directors, he held the office of vice president and president. He served on many committees. Mike and Mary Jo had a successful family-run horse operation. They bred, owned, raised and raced many Indiana quarter horse champions, including the horse that won the Inaugural paramutual race in Indiana, Easy’s Night Beat. Mike and Mary Jo have attended every annual stallion service auction event for the past 38 years. He was appointed by Governor O’Bannon to serve on the first Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Advisory Board and he was inducted into the Quarter Horse Racing Association Hall of Fame.

Services will be conducted at Costin Funeral Chapel in Martinsville at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29, with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.  Military Honors will be rendered by Morgan County Marine Corps League Detachment 1367.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Building Fund at Pleasant Grove Christian Church, 6601 Maple Grove Road, Martinsville, IN 46151.

Obituaries
See Full List »

Hazel J. Bailey, 93, Morgantown
  

Marjorie Mae Wilder, 92, Johnson County
  Mother of Joyce Tow (Jeff) of Nineveh

Timothy L. Ware, 63, of Nashville
  Husband of Eleanor "Ellen" Ware

  • July 5
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 5
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    9 a.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 7
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 7
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 8
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    6 p.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 8
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 8
    Washington Township Advisory Board
    7:15 p.m. BC (Nashville) Fire, 231 E. Main St.
  • July 9
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Gospel jam & sing in Gnaw Bone
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • July 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 9
    Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission
    10 a.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 9
    Gospel hymn sing
    6:30 p.m. Green Vly Apostolic Church, 5124 State Road 46 West
  • July 9
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artist Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • July 9
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Volunteer Fair at The Seasons
    4:30 to 6 p.m., 6 p.m. The Seasons Lodge Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East
  • July 10
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom July 10
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 10
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 11
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • July 11
    Health fair at the YMCA
    8 a.m. to noon YMCA, 105 Willow St.
  • July 11
    Widowed group
    2:30 p.m. Sycamore Valley Community Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 12
    Woods reunion slated
    12:30 p.m. Yellowwood Forest
  • July 13
    Backpack Program meeting slated
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 13
    Beeline beekeepers club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 14
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Brown County Council
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 16
    WRAPS 20th anniversary open house
    6 to 8 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 17
    Groundbreaking slated for new senior apartments
    2 p.m. Hawthorn Hills, se corner of Hawthorne Drive & Chestnut Street
  • July 18
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 20
    Health department offers ServSafe class
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane