2014-03-22 / Obituaries

Michael Lewis Warthman

Michael Lewis Warthman, 62, of Lancaster, went to his eternal home peacefully on March 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 3, 1951, in Lancaster.

Mike graduated from Millersport High School in 1969 and from Ohio University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. Mike performed in numerous theater plays including “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Don’t Drink the Water”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “The Odd Couple”. Mike retired from Buckeye Ranch in 2008. He was recognized for his outstanding work performance and ethics which included a state recognized prestigious award. Mike enjoyed cheering on The Ohio State football and basketball teams. People who crossed paths with Mike over the years would describe him as selfless with a heart of gold. His dynamic personality shined through with joy, love of life and an outstanding sense of humor. Mike used these attributes to help him cope with the pain and struggles from his battle with kidney disease. His number one priority all through his life and even during his years of struggle was to continue to care for his family. Mike was an inspiration to his family as he bravely dealt with his health issues and he continued to set goals to improve his quality of life. His courage, strength, and selfless love for others are what Mike will most be remembered for.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Lewis and Jean Ann (Benson) Warthman.

Mike is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Beth (Hunter) Warthman; daughter, Kellie Warthman; son, Sean (Mary) Warthman; two grandchildren, Dylan and Emma, who were the light of Grandpa’s eyes; sisters, Mary Lu (John) Bowman and Lisa (Joe) Sandbrink; brother, Gregg (Dawn) Warthman; special uncles, Jerry (Ginny) Benson and Bob (Rosie) Benson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 18, 2014, in the Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Bush officiating. Burial followed in Betzer Cemetery, Carroll.

Memorial contributions may be made to Millersport Covenant Church, 11544 Summerland Beach Rd., Millersport, OH 43046 in Mike’s memory. Online condolences may be made at www.haltemanfettdyer.com.

A special thanks to the staff and physicians at Colonnade Medical Group, Hocking Hills Dialysis, FairHoPe Hospice and especially Mike’s Lanfair family.

Mike is at his best home ever walking the streets of gold.

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