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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.

  • 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 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • 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 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.