Michael Anthony Gilkey
March 31, 1965 ‒ January 24, 2019
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)