Michael L. McCoy, 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at home, surrounded by his family and friends following a short battle with cancer. Mike resided in Columbia City nearly all his life. He was born Nov. 20th 1948 to Robert and Donna (Burns) McCoy.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1967 and attended Ball State for a short period prior to being drafted in 1970. Mike very proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a Vietnamese interpreter during the Vietnam war. Upon his return home to Columbia City in 1972, Mike went to work in numerous positions, nearly all of which provided him with the opportunity to befriend many!! He worked as a heavy equipment operator for his family business, R.L. McCoy & Sons. He also served in the Allen County Sheriff's Reserve Corp. He taught self-defense classes to, as he put it, "anyone who would sit and listen".
More recently, Mike served on numerous committees, including the Alcoholic Beverage Commission of Whitley County as well as the River Greenway just to name a few. Mike loved to go "Jeeping" and, in fact, would volunteer to take kids from Riley Hospital Kid's Camp on Jeep rides. Mike did a little bit of everything and was, therefore, able to do or fix just about anything. No task was too tall. His positive attitude toward work and other people was infectious and unparalleled. Clearly, that charm worked on his wife, Sandi. He and Sandi were married, here in Columbia City, on June 11, 2004. Mike was instrumental in the life and growth of their children, Kelly and Aubrey. He was an amazingly attentive father to them from the moment he stepped into their lives. Mike was life and light to his family.
Mike truly had a gift, a gift to engage people, make them feel good and to make them smile. This was so very obvious in his most recent job where he maintained all the heavy equipment at Eagle Glen Golf Course. He greeted the golfers going out and then consoled the golfers as they came off and both times he gave them a story and a smile. This amazing man, patriot/veteran, husband, father and friend will be greatly missed but never forgotten!
Mike is survived by his wife, Sandi McCoy, his children, Kelly Boyd and Aubrey Lee, his siblings, Mark McCoy (Theresa), Marcie (Chuck) Bayman and many nieces and nephews. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Donna McCoy.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Eagle's Nest Event Center, 125 S Eagle Glen Trl, Columbia City from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Arrangements with DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Humane Society of Whitley County or Parkview Whitley Home Health Care and Hospice. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send his family condolences online.
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.
Randy Grimes, Brett Gerber and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers for strength go out to you and the family. He was a great man. He will be missed- Dawn & Bobby Portalatin
Sandi and the McCoy family. We're so sorry to learn of the passing of Mike. He was an awesome person who didn't know a stranger. He is in a much better place but you will always have those wonderful memories in your heart forever. Love to you, Ralph and Cindi Feuerbach-Bain
We were so saddened by the passing of Mike. Please know he is in a better place. With our deepest sympathy,
Brian & Dianna Smith and the entire staff of Jerry's Tire Service
Mike touched our hearts and soul. He will be missed. Larry and Dianne Shrock
Sandi and family,
Not a stranger did Big Mike ever meet! He loved people and had such a big heart and always looking to help whoever needed it and even those that did not know they did!! What a positive influence he was on the people in our community and this community as a whole. He was so loved here. He did so much for the Eagle Glen community and the maintenance of the golf course and all the golfers and his friends there. His happy demeanor always brightened everyone's day that were lucky enough to cross his path! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sandi. Big Mike will never be forgotten! God Bless, Greg Fahl
Your friends at el Azteca are deeply saddened at the passing of Mike. Always a pleasure to see and talk with. Our hearts are broken for Sandi. We love you both and you're in our prayers.
We are very sorry for your loss, he will be missed, prayers !
Sandi, our hearts go out to you and your family. Continued prayers. Jay and Julie Nordman.
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