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John Homer Michael Mahoney was born on November 11, 1949, to John Harold Michael and Virginia May (Kirkhuff) Mahoney in Okarche, OK. He passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the lntegris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City at the age of 67.
Mike graduated from Geary High School in 1968 and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford with a BS Degree in Accounting. While in college, Mike was active in the Sigma Tau Fraterny and while upon graduation received the Outstanding Accounting Student.
Mike married Joyce Elaine Long on August 13, 1971. After graduating from SWOSU in 1972, he served in the U.S. Army, completing eight weeks of basic training and attending Officer's Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant. With the Vietnam War ending, Mike returned home to Geary to await the birth arrival of the his child.
On August 1973, Mike began working as a bookkeeper for the Wheeler Brothers Feedlot, not knowing that his first adult job would be his last that lasted a span of 43 years with the Wheeler Brothers family, ending with him serving the last 16 years as president of Wheeler Brothers Grain Company and instrumental in expanding the company from 3 to 19 grain elevators. Mike retired from the job he loved in January of 2017.
Mike was later united in marriage to Lanee' Baker on July 16, 1983, in Watonga, OK. Mike and Lanee shared a lifetime of friendships and were able to share so many memories with friends as Mike served on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association, National Grain & Feed Association, The Transportation Elevator and Grain Merchants Association, during which he received a lifetime achievement award by TEGMA for his service to the grain industry, The Grain Elevator and Processors. He was a member of Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, Oklahoma State President's Advisory Council, was an original Charter Board member of the Plains Grain, served as an arbitrator for the National Grain & Feed Association, was president of the OGFA, and was named Oklahoma Grain Man of the Year.
Mike loved working and loved his family. He called farming his hobby in the beginning but it quickly turned into his passion so the golfing and hunting soon took a backseat. No one was more proud of his children and grandchildren than Mike, and he loved to share his family with everyone.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virginia Mahoney.
Survivors Include his wife Lanee Mahoney of Watonga, OK; his children, Bethany Parham and her husband Loren of Watonga, OK, Dustin Mahoney of Yukon, OK, Lacey Savage and her husband Will of Oklahoma City, OK, and Hilary Mahoney of Oklahoma City; ten grandchildren, Caden, Kinsley, Kyler, and Creed Parham, Gracie and Carson Mahoney, Maverick and Everett Savage, and Jordan Martinez, and his Godson, Ryan Abrams; his siblings, Patricia Maib and husband Billy of Geary, OK, Pat Mahoney and wife DeAnn and Melody Mahoney all of Geary, OK; mother and father-in-law, Snip and Penny Baker of Watonga, OK; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Allen and Janice Stinson of Fay, OK, Gary and Phyllis Hightower and Rod and Trinna Caldwell all of Watonga, OK as well as many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations: The Mike Mahoney family is in the process of establishing a scholarship for high school students in Watonga or Geary with medical or familial challenges, yet they are overcoming and excelling in their life goals. This scholarship is the family's preference for donations, but memorials may also be made to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders.
Services: First Christian Church, Saturday, 2:00 PM, August 26, 2017, Watonga, OK
Officiating: Mr. Adam Lovitt
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Fay, OK
Services under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).
Published on August 26, 2017
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