Michael D. “Mike” Petty

December 01, 1958 ‒ January 27, 2019

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Michael D. “Mike” Petty, age 60 of Delaware, formerly of Mt. Vernon passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019.

He was born on December 1, 1958 in Hamilton, Ohio to Dorothy J. (Sidesinger) Petty of Delaware and the late Richard H. Petty. Mike worked for over 22 years in the kitchen of the Country Club Retirement Campus in Mt. Vernon.

Never one to miss a Sunday service, he had been active in several area church’s. His faith was important to him; he served as a Christian Clown for over 20 years, known as “Sleepy Dreams”.

He loved to sing, play electronic bingo, and listen to his radio. Mike was a passionate collector of M & M memorabilia, as well as panda bears, King Kong, and Cleveland Brown memorabilia.

With an outgoing personality, he was open and engaging, always providing a warm and friendly welcome. Both innocent and sincere, he loved everyone.  He prayed freely and often.  As one who brought joy, Mike was at his best when surrounded by his family and during special occasions.

In addition to his mother Dorothy of Delaware he is also survived by his brother Richard “Rick” (Marilyn) Petty of Bellefontaine, his sister Connie (Dave) McNeal of Delaware and additional extended loving family members.

Friends may call Saturday, February 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral services at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015, where his brother Rick Petty will officiate.  Graveside services will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Greenwood Union Cemetery in DeGraff, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was one of my “pride and joy” people who found a good match in his joining the kitchen staff at the nursing home through our company. I enjoyed working with him and following his progress as he continued his working career.

    Thomas W Jones
    Executive Director
    National Community Based Rehabilitation

  • So sorry to hear this. Prayets for you and your family. Loved working with Mike and having him as a friend. He eas a great Christian man. I am sure he heard welcome good and faithful

  • Words are inadequate in expressing my sorrow to hear about Mike’s passing. While those of us on earth will miss Mike and his kind hearted soul, he now has gained his Angel wings and is sitting at the feet of Jesus. Anyone who knew Mike also knew that he had a special relationship with God. When Mike prayer, God listened! My life is richer just because I can say I knew Mike and he was a dear friend. Mike, fly high my friend and I’ll see you on the other side! Dorothy, you are in my prayers…. Love, Lisa Tharp

  • I will miss hearing Mike call out, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” at the end of service each Sunday. And he was such a wonderful roommate for my father. He will sorely missed here on earth.

  • Meeting & getting to know Michael within the career programs of Knox County was such a blessing . He & his family exemplified faith, hope & love: Faith- in God’s wondrous blessings, Hope – in believing Mike should, could & would be all that he could be , Love – among their own family circle – extending to all they met . As your instructor, co-worker & community neighbor, Michael – you inspired me to hold fast to the passion that led to dreams . We learned from each other – equally, and now you have moved on ahead – on to Glory. Thank you for being such a good example to so many – a witness to the Lord’s plans for our lives by loving others. You will be so very missed my so very many. It has been a special privilege to have known you and shared in your precious life. Nancy (Kunkle) Gregg

  • So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He is with his Lord and Savior now. He now has no limits, he is full of Joy!
    I enjoyed working with Mike years ago at NHI. I loved his sense of humor and his kind heart. I can just see you dancing on those golden streets, brother. We will meet again.

  • So sorry to hear about Mikes passing, I have known Mike for many years I cut his hair for along time. Mike always loved life and he loved Jesus, I know without a doubt he is sitting in Heaven know with that big smile of his taking it all in. Know we will see him again and he will show us around his new home when we get there. Prayers to his family and friends.

  • So sorry for the loss, but it is Heaven’s gain ! Now you are truly home though and in Jesus arms ! Your smile, kindness and faith were contagious and you will be missed.
    Prayers for the family and friends you leave behind

  • I loved my dear nephew and his excitement about every little thing. When he realized his mom and I were sisters several years ago he was so excited about that. Best of all he knew Jesus and had child like faith and spread his faith to everyone he met

  • When the Lord calls our loved ones home he leaves us with many memories hold on to your memories and let them guide you during this time of sadness. With deep sympathy from your friends at this time.

  • I only knew Mike for a short time while here at Willow Brook but every time I ran into him he was so happy and welcoming. He loved singing with the Willow Brook singers, full of joy! Everybody will miss him. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss ,but what a wonderful testimony of his love for Jesus and how he enriched so many lives. He is now singing and praising God in person!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mike s Passing . he was such a wonderful loving man and a true friend. Rest in Peace Sleepy Dreams. My Love and Prayers To all that Knew and Loved you

  • I so remember Mike when he lived at the developmental center. He’s in the arms of the angels. Was always pleasant and tried to help in anyway> RIP Sleepy Dreams

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Mike. He was a precious, innocent, special man. Our Mike (Pickles) and Sleepy Dreams shared many conversations and time together. Our hearts go out to Dorothy and family. He will be missed.

  • Our condolences to Dorothy, Rick, Connie and families.
    Remembering Mike and his family fondly as neighbors
    in Bellville. Wise men still seek HIM.

  • The Petty family,
    I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. Mike was a sweetheart, he will be missed!

  • So sorry to hear and read of Mike’s passing. We “the Church Family” loved him dearly and will miss him so, but we know that he is in a place he knew so much about. Our condolences to his family and those who shared many memories with him. Rest in peace Mike.
    George & Sherrie King