"The Choice of More Okmulgee Area Families"


Michael Wayne (Mike) Gardenhire 54, a resident of Okmulgee, died in Okmulgee on Thursday, May 1, 2008. He was born in Rheinland-Pfalz, Bad Kreuznach, Germany on February 16, 1954 to Clyde and Mary Jo (Hallum) Gardenhire. He attended school and graduated from Okmulgee High School Class of 1972. Mike worked in maintenance at OSU Okmulgee, before becoming disabled. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and taking his nephews to ball games. His dad, Clyde and mother in law, Helen Barras preceded him in death.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Jo Gardenhire of Okmulgee, a daughter, Amy Gardenhire of Okmulgee, a son, Mathew Gardenhire of Wainwright, OK. his children’s mother, Debbie Summers of Wainwright, OK, a sister, Donna and her husband Lindall Craddock of Beggs, two brothers, Allen and wife Debbie Gardenhire of Okmulgee and Ron and wife Carol Gardenhire of Little Canada, Minnesota, his father in law, Ken Barras of Corinth, Texas, 19 nephews and nieces and 18 great nephews and nieces and a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 2 pm at the McClendon-Winters Chapel with Pastor Fred Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, 12-8 PM at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Charlie Dildine, Chip Dildine, R.D. Morrow, Roy Rainbolt, Ernie Furer, and Jeremy Miller.