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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.

  • January 29
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 29
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • January 30
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 30
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • 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
  • January 31
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • January 31
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    'Psycho' party at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • 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
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • 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 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • 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 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • 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 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • 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
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould