Michael Anthony Gilkey

March 31, 1965 ‒ January 24, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

On the evening of Thursday, January 24, 2019, Michael “Mike” Anthony Gilkey, 53, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away unexpectedly in Delaware, Ohio.

Mike was born March 31, 1965 to Myrle Gilkey in Gardiner, Maine, the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Lomira High School in Wisconsin in 1983. On December 22, 1984, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Nancy. They shared 34 years of marriage together and had three children, two girls, Samantha and Sabrina, and one boy, Seth. He nurtured, raised and taught them everything he knew. He showed them compassion and strength, love and tough love. His children were his world and to them he was their hero.

Mike loved and took extreme pride in his grandchildren. One of whom, James, had the pleasure of getting to spend many years growing, loving, and learning from his Grandfather. Mike was so proud of the young man he is becoming and enjoyed every minute they got to spend with each other.

Mike was a caring little brother. He loved each and every one of his siblings and their extending families. Most of whom, he shared a special bond. They shared many, many laughs and many teary good-bye’s.

When trying to describe Mike’s passions, one thing that comes to mind besides his family, the New England Patriots. He was a supporter of all Boston teams, but he was best known for his love of the New England Patriots. He truly was a diehard fan until his last breath and beyond. How we will miss the sound of the house rumbling on Football Sundays with the stomping, jumping, pacing cheers and screams as he would watch his favorite team. His other passions included being outdoors, fishing, and gambling. He took pride in his work and would take the time to share his knowledge with the others around him.

The kindness and compassion he had will truly be remembered by those who knew him. Mike’s legacy will live on thru his beloved wife, Nancy; his beloved children, Samantha Gilkey, Sabrina Stoffregan (Gilkey), and Seth Gilkey; and his beloved grandchildren. He is further survived by his mother, Myrle; his siblings, Victoria (Vikki) Beckwith, George (Tom) Gilkey, Mabel (Vi) Pribnow, Joan Giese; his many nieces, nephews, and friends and also his canine companion, Murphy, who will forever miss him and how he cared for him.

Mike was preceded in death by his brother James “Jim” and his sister Karen.

Don’t remember Mike & mourn his passing but remember him & rejoice the love he gave in life.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to AAT, USA especially Rob Santini and Michael McNamara for all their help with the arrangements.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, Ohio. A later date will be set in the state of Wisconsin.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Mike or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


What defines my Dad/ Daddy?

The Google definition for a father is; (noun) a man in relationship to his child; (verb) be the father of: bring into being, bring into the world, give life to. The definition for Dad is; a male parental figure that is present and participating in a child’s life. A dad is someone who is there for his children. A dad helps them grow up, raises them, nurtures them, attends softball games and wrestling matches and is present. A dad teaches lessons and gives comfort. A dad is someone his children respect. Daddy is in reference of; the oldest, best, and biggest example of something.

The Google definition of Hero is; a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Further definition is someone who gives of himself for the greater good of others. A hero can be looked upon as the savior of a vast city. My Dad/Daddy was the best, greatest, most kind-hearted, giving, loving, and admirable man. To us, his children, he was not only our father, dad, daddy, and hero, he was so much more.

Daddy, we will never forget the love and compassion you showed us and the world and you will forever be missed.

(Forever Daddy’s little girl- Samantha)


  • My prayers and thoughts for Mike and your family go out . He will be very much missed. If I can help in any way please feel free to get in touch.

  • My sympathy to the family of Mike Gilkey. It is,a very sad day when someone so young is taken from this earth. Prayers to all.
    May Mike rest in peace.

  • My sympathies to the family. You entire family will be in my prayers. Mike was much to young to go. God bless you all.

  • My heart goes out to you and your family. Although I don’t know exactly what to say, I want you to know that I am with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember Mike. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to for your family.

  • Mike had a good heart and a deep love for his family. He demanded excellence at work, and had a “get out of my way” work ethic. His absence at the office has given all of us pause to reflect on how he is missed.
    I admired his passion as a fan for all the Boston teams. We pray for Seth and the rest of his family every morning.

  • I only knew Mike from work, but it is apparent to me that he’s a real stand-up guy, the they-don’t-make-them-like-they-used-to kind of guy. Trustworthy, reliable and passionate in his convictions; I knew I could ask him anything. I also knew I wouldn’t always like the answer. Mike wasn’t afraid to deliver criticism, but he was usually respectful about it. It takes a certain kind of courage to show people the truth. This made Mike a special kind of dependable. It was reassuring to know I was getting his honest opinion. I appreciate getting to work with Mike and getting to know him as well as I did.

    For his family, I hope it doesn’t take long to push through the sadness of losing him so abruptly. I hope soon they will be able to remember Mike without any sadness, but with only joy and fondness.

  • Dear Sami and family,

    Reading these lovely tributes to your dad, Sami, is like a breath of fresh air he continues to breathe into everyone he knew. I wish I could have met him. I loved your Hhearr warming and lovely tribute to him. I know he was your hero. He sounds like the best daddy ever. He left a legacy of you that I know and love and appreciate. I will thank him for ever for that. May your loving memories sustain you in this indescribably difficult time. Your dad gave you great strengths of maturity, honesty, openness, creativity, abd a terrific work ethic and you will be paying forward his energy for as long as you live. It is my blessing to know and love you. I hope and pray these next days go by with many loving arms around you. Ken and I wish we could be there in person to hug you and kiss you and remind you how wonderful you are. Ken and I admire your courage and strength and thank your dad forever for creating such a wonderful young woman. May he rest in peace forever and watch down upon you, your forever loved angel in heaven.

  • My heart goes out to the family and close friends of Mike, he was a great man. I worked with Mike and he is greatly missed around the office. He has a passion for everything he did and was never afraid to show it.
    Mike and I would talk about our family and our pets. He was a book of information whether it be about life, dogs, gardening or hunting.
    Sending prayers and hugs to all of Mikes loved ones. I hope that the memories last forever and pain goes away. Even though its hard just remember its never good bye, just see you later.

  • I wish I could speak more eloquently, but I just can’t find the words today.

    It’s never easy when you lose somebody that you care about. For me, it’s because I don’t allow myself to care about many people. Mike, however, was one that I cared about, and always will. He was a great friend, and an even better man. Like mot close friendships, ours started out very rocky, but became a friendship that I will treasure the rest of my days. My heart goes out to his family. He was taken way too soon.

    Mike, you’ll always be more of a brother to me than a friend. I’ll miss you.

  • Oh Sami, my heart aches for you. Your dad was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. He will always be in your heart. Cherish your memories.

  • He was a great person, family man, teacher, and mentor. Our thoughts are with the Gilkey family through these difficult times.

  • I worked with Mike for many years and have known him even longer. I cannot think of him without smiling at his unique and refreshing honesty and candor. His love and pride in his family always found its way into the conversation and it was clear that was what he valued most.
    My husband and I were shocked and saddened to hear of his death and our hearts are heavy knowing the pain his loving family is going thru.
    May it comfort you to know how much he was loved and will be missed.
    Peggy and Joe Deheck

  • I’ve known and worked with Mike for over 16 years. In 2007 Mike joined AAT and over the years, he worked in various positions, mostly working with our customers. Regardless of the challenges he may have had along the way, everyone who’d ever had the privilege of working with him, always found him a pleasure to work with. Mike was a wonderful ambassador for the company.
    This is truly a great loss to our small team and to our community. Mike will be profoundly missed by everyone whose he has touched.

  • To Nancy, Samantha, Sabrina, Seth and all who knew and cared for Mike;

    My sincerest condolences on this tragic loss.

    Mike and I were childhood friends, and he always had my back.
    He fell in love with Nancy in high school and never looked back. He was devoted and loved her more than anything else.
    We wrestled together at Lomira High School and spent many hours grappling, cutting weight, and celebrating our victories with a little Jack.
    Mike taught me how to shoot pool with superb english in the basement of a little house in Brownsville, Wisconsin, and he taught me well.
    He once lost his entire paycheck in a huge card game at my place in West Bend, and couldn’t bear to face Nancy the next day for doing it. Apparently he did…
    His smile was infectious and his laugh brightened up any room.
    I haven’t seen Mike in years but have thought about him often. I’m am saddened I didn’t get one last chance to speak with him.
    I will celebrate his life by remembering all the great memories.
    May you all find peace in your time of sorrow.

    Rest in peace old friend!

  • Paul and I worked with Mike for many years at Milwaukee Sign Co and thought of him not only as a great coworker, but also a great friend. We shared a lot of laughs (and beers) over the years.

    We were very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Mike’s family.

  • A childhood freind and highschool companion. Mike was always a great freind . My prayers are with his family.