Michael "Mike" Eric McMeen, age 78, passed away in Auburn, IN on January 1, 2023. Mike was born on November 2, 1944 in Fort Wayne, IN to J Allen and MariJane McMeen. He grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Northside High School in 1962. He was married for 15 years to his high school sweetheart Jane A Crabill on August 28,1962. She gave birth to his two sons, Michael Allen McMeen and Mark Richard McMeen.
Mike pursued his lifelong hobby and obtained his Associate Degree in Gunsmithing from Trinidad State Junior College in 1964. He began his lifelong career of 50 years as a tool and die maker, working for the Morrill Motors in Fort Wayne, IN later transferring to Electric Motors in Garrett, IN, shortly after the Morrill family acquired the business. Mike soon found a new home in Garrett, IN and has resided there ever since.
Mike became a staple in the community as a friend and mentor to many. He made a life changing decision on Christmas of 1982 and recently celebrated 40 Years of sobriety. In the mid-90s Mike found his true love when he met Elizabeth "Liz" Parshewski. Liz and her son Patrick "Pat" soon moved in with him. Liz brought joy and a love for life to Mike's life and the lives of his family members. Although they never married, they were together for 20 years until she passed in 2015.
Throughout his life, Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his dogs and spending time with his grandchildren. Mike collected a variety of things and loved to go antiquing, yard saling and to flea markets. The day was not complete without a good meal at a diner. He lived a good life full of kindness and generosity.
Mike is survived by two sons and their wives: Michael & Julia (Swanson) McMeen of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Mark & Sharon (DeBolt) McMeen of Bronson, Michigan; 3 grandchildren, Stephen, Sarah and Micah McMeen; and 3 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Harrison and Ellary McMeen.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a viewing on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home in Garrett, Indiana, as well as a memorial service to celebrate Mike's life on Saturday January 7, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given to Alcoholics Anonymous in honor of Mike's 40 Years of sobriety.