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“Mike, Wow, I sincerely apologize that I had just now found out about your passing. I am in awe and in sadness at the same time. My favorite memory...Read More »
1 of 72 | Posted by: Nikolos Ioannou - Austin, TX

“I just learned about Mike's passing. My deepest condolences to his family. Mike was such an amazingly kind and compassionate guy. We were friends...Read More »
2 of 72 | Posted by: Ericka Rutledge - Chicago, IL

“RIP mike you will be missed ”
3 of 72 | Posted by: Robert Schoonover

“The first time I met Mike I thought "Man ,Thats a nice Genuinely kind person." Hearing of his passing broke my heart !!! May he rest peacefully. My...Read More »
4 of 72 | Posted by: Mimi Hendrix - INDIANAPOLIS, IN

“I just learned of Mike's passing yesterday. I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Mike's professors in the Speech Department at Wabash College....Read More »
5 of 72 | Posted by: Todd McDorman - Crawfordsville, IN

I'm on the left and my twin brother cameron is on the right with the Monon Bell. WAF “I am currently a senior at Wabash College. I went to Fort Wayne Northrop and Mike was my first contact that I had with Wabash. He had such a passion...Read More »
6 of 72 | Posted by: Chris McDougal - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mike was an incredibly special man. He had a true gift for putting anyone at ease within moments of meeting them. Bigcat, as I affectionately...Read More »
7 of 72 | Posted by: Adam Murray - Salinas, CA

“Mike and I met when we both worked for the Ft. Wayne Fury. He was a college intern, and I was just finishing high school, awaiting my move to Ball...Read More »
8 of 72 | Posted by: Brooke Likens-Shell - New Albany, OH

“I just got word of Mike's passing. My prayers and heart is with your family in this great time of need. May the Lord allow his legacy to live on and...Read More »
9 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“We grieve fir the Owens family. It is hard to find the words to say during this tragic time, but when Mike became absent from the body, he became...Read More »
10 of 72 | Posted by: Douglas and stacy Fry - Ft Wayne, IN

“Tim and Libby, We are saddened to hear of Mike's passing. It has been a long time and those pictures brought back memories of our visits many years...Read More »
11 of 72 | Posted by: Paul & Maggie Hunckler - IN

“Dear Tim, Libby and family, May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. My heart aches for you. I am sorry for your loss. Michelle...Read More »
12 of 72 | Posted by: Michelle Miller Hottman

“Libby and Tim, I am so sorry that I didn't get to visit with you at the funeral home. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many...Read More »
13 of 72 | Posted by: Sue Michell - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Mike touched a lot of lives and made a positive impact in every one. Ill always have great memories of him the short time I knew him. ”
14 of 72 | Posted by: Joe Warpinski - IL

“So sorry for you loss, and it was so good to see all of you, once again. Please send your address Libby, so we can be in touch, during this hard time...Read More »
15 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“Tim, Libby, Mandy and Bill and Meg: may you all and all those who love you and loved Mike continue to support and comfort each other each day. Mike...Read More »
16 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“Its so hard to put into words when a friend is lost, and to add to the grief is the suddenness of the loss and the unknown reason for their passing....Read More »
17 of 72 | Posted by: Chrissy Francies - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Owens Family. When I met Mike I was immediately attracted to his outgoing personality and infectious smile. As I'm sure was the case for all who...Read More »
18 of 72 | Posted by: Rebecca Rivers - Indpls, IN

“Dear Tim and Libby, We were so saddened to hear of Mike's death. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Joel told us that Mike had passed away. We...Read More »
19 of 72 | Posted by: Harry and Lynnette Hyde - IN

“Dear Libby and Tim and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss and my thoughts and Prayers are with you. I seem to recall that I did some...Read More »
20 of 72 | Posted by: Joni Marquis (Schwartz) - IN

“Getting to know Mike my senior year at Wabash was definitly one of the highlights. Having a person who was a legend from his days there was...Read More »
21 of 72 | Posted by: Boyce Evans - Chicago, IL

“Mike Owens played a key role in me matriculating at Wabash. I met him during my junior year of high school when he visited as an admissions...Read More »
22 of 72 | Posted by: Charles Hintz - Gahanna, OH

“Tim, Libby, Meg, Mandy and Bill, For someone who did not know Mike well, the memories and pictures being shared by those who loved him tell the...Read More »
23 of 72 | Posted by: Tina Stetzel Bailey - Lewisburg, PA

“May God wrap his arms around all of his friends and family! R.I.P Mike! You will be missed, but NEVER forgotten! ”
24 of 72 | Posted by: Heather Barnes - Fort Wayne, IN

“To Mike Owens #34 with the big heart, great sense of humor and silky smooth jump shot you will be missed. We will continue to share your memory when...Read More »
25 of 72 | Posted by: Ryan McCorkle - Findlay, OH

“Libby, Tim, and Family, We are very sad to learn of your loss and will keep everyone in our prayers. We got back from S.C. Weds. visiting Christine...Read More »
26 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Owens well through our years at Wabash and I don't have memories of him other than those with a smile on his face and enjoying himself and his...Read More »
27 of 72 | Posted by: Michael Pugh - Lafayette, IN

“Tim, Libby, Man, Magel Bagel, and Bill, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Mike. I'm so lucky to have been able to call this...Read More »
28 of 72 | Posted by: Molly Evans - Indianapolis, IN

“Libby, Tim, Meg and Mandy - ! Matthew called me from Florida. He heard all this on facebook. I am so shocked and sorry for your loss. What a great...Read More »
29 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“I really got to know Mike during the eleven days we traveled together around Australia last year. He was a great guy, very warm and engaging. He...Read More »
30 of 72 | Posted by: Greg Huff - Indianapolis, IN

“From the moment I met Mike it was laughter all the time in his conversations in person and in his text (he won a Oscar's for the Best Texter in the...Read More »
31 of 72 | Posted by: Ruthie Reyes - Indls, IN - Friend

“May God be with you in this time of need. ”
32 of 72 | Posted by: Rachel Murray - Fort Wayne, IN

“Everyone here in the IFSA London office are truly shocked and saddened by Mike's passing. We have all worked with Mike and knew him to be a dedicated...Read More »
33 of 72 | Posted by: IFSA-Butler London Office London

Indy 500, 2011.  Mike, Meg & Tim Owens. “I came to meet Mike, through his father Tim, who is a business associate of my cousin Tim Gouloff. It was always nice to see Mike for those Memorial...Read More »
34 of 72 | Posted by: Brian Falk - Chicago, IL

“Tim, Libby,meg and Mandy,I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I have such great memories of all of you at lake George and watching him fish. May...Read More »
35 of 72 | Posted by: Kara mezger (Schwartz) - Ft Wayne, IN

“Mike Owens was in my 5th grade class at Forest Park. I had my first crush on him. I admired his blonde mullet( with lines shaved in the sides), and...Read More »
36 of 72 | Posted by: Jessica Polley - Ft. Wayne, IN

“I have nothing but fond memories of Mike. I was sad and shocked to hear of his passing. We are Wabash Brothers, and we both are proud natives of...Read More »
37 of 72 | Posted by: Jamie Bopp - Cocoa, FL - friend

“Dear Mike's Family We were so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. We know what a tremendous impact Mike had on the lives of so many. Our Australian...Read More »
38 of 72 | Posted by: Christi Hoover - Co-worker

“No one would doubt that Mike is one of the most loving, thoughtful, and sincere individuals on the planet. But he is also someone who made true love...Read More »
39 of 72 | Posted by: David and McKenze Rogers - IN

“Libby, Tim, Mandy, & Meg, Words cannot express how sad G & I were to hear about Mike. Our hearts ache for your loss. I will always remember him as...Read More »
40 of 72 | Posted by: Pam Schaaf

“I am very saddened for The Owen family, I cannot imagine the grief they are feeling , Please accept my deepest sympathy....Rest in peace Mike!-Ame...Read More »
41 of 72 | Posted by: A friend

“Libby Im so sorry for you and your familys loss. I never knew Mike but by reading all the things every one said about him he was a wonderful man....Read More »
42 of 72 | Posted by: Pam (Poe) Rash - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Owens Family-I was in disbelief when I learned of Mike's death. I worked for Tim many moons ago and my younger siblings grew up with the Owens...Read More »
43 of 72 | Posted by: Matt Hartzog - Oswego, IL

“The pictures are so telling of the love in your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Janet ”
44 of 72 | Posted by: Janet (Meschberger) Moon - IN

“Tim , Libby, Mandy and Meg Thank you for sharing a little about Mike's life story and your favorite memories . He has touch so many lives in such...Read More »
45 of 72 | Posted by: Mike Murphy - IN

“Living next door to Mike and working with him was a great blessing to me while I was in Indianapolis. Mike always went out of his way to be generous...Read More »
46 of 72 | Posted by: Pierce Vanne - IL

“Dear Tim and Lib.....I was shocked , to hear of Mike's passing.....I can't even imagine how much grief the two of you share.......Please accept my...Read More »
47 of 72 | Posted by: raymond matthews - stratford, CT

“Michael and I were colleagues at IFSA-Butler. He was always kind, thoughtful and hardworking. He knew his stuff. I'll miss working with Mike. ...Read More »
48 of 72 | Posted by: Rhonda J. Hinkle - Indianapolis, IN

“We were all shocked and saddened upon learning of Mike's passing. He was an exceptional young man and will be missed by those who worked with him...Read More »
49 of 72 | Posted by: Linda Smith - Indianapolis, IN

“To Mike's Family: Everyone at the Institute for Study Abroad is so shocked and saddened at losing Mike as a co-worker and friend. My heart goes out...Read More »
50 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Georgantes - Indianapolis, IN

“I am truly shocked and saddened by Mike's passing. I will forever remember the conversations and laughter we had over the years. His heart was true...Read More »
51 of 72 | Posted by: Aaron Vela - Wheat Ridge, CO

“Tim, Libby, Mandy, and Meg. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I was shocked to find out that Mike passed away. I am very proud to have...Read More »
52 of 72 | Posted by: Gary Kay - Palm Harbor, FL

“My heart has been heavy ever since hearing the news of Mike's passing. He would stop by my desk with a "good morning" and a smile. He was loved by...Read More »
53 of 72 | Posted by: Mary Towell - Crawfordsville, IN

“I had the privilege of being Mike's uncle and watching him grow up, such a great kid, I was always proud of him. Mike's life is not over it is just...Read More »
54 of 72 | Posted by: Charles Owens - Indianapolis, IN

“RIP. ”
55 of 72 | Posted by: Friend - IN

“I am shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I will remember him as a determined young man, ready to make a difference in the world. My...Read More »
56 of 72 | Posted by: Patricia (Zamora) Reed - IN

“I'm so sadden by this. There wasn't one person who didn't love being around Mike. Mike was one of those people who just made everyone feel right at...Read More »
57 of 72 | Posted by: Alanna Hill - Logan, UT - Friend

“I went to school with Mike. He always had a huge smile on his face and was always in great spirits every time I saw him. He will be greatly missed!...Read More »
58 of 72 | Posted by: Amber Allen - Clarksville, TN

“I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the Indiana Academy. He is one of the sweetest and most compassionate people I have encountered. He made...Read More »
59 of 72 | Posted by: Cheri Littlefield

“My father passed away just over a year ago and this was the conversation Mike and I had on facebook - just really shows what a kind and caring person...Read More »
60 of 72 | Posted by: Rachel Guin - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mike was a true gem as a NSHS student. He was in my Health class sophomore year. Always a sense of humor, very intelligent and well behaved. ...Read More »
61 of 72 | Posted by: Dee Herman - Fort Wayne, IN

“Uncle Tim, Aunt Lib, Mandy & Meg- I can't begin to tell you the shock and disbelief I have at hearing the news. So very sorry! Your pain is...Read More »
62 of 72 | Posted by: Shannon Doust - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mike, we met one time and I remember you were so friendly and genuine. You and my son, Jarrod, were such good friends and I would always ask him how...Read More »
63 of 72 | Posted by: Sandra K. Dortch - Indianapolis, IN

“I was very saddened to hear of our family's loss. May the angels be with you. ”
64 of 72 | Posted by: Kim Leming - Anchorage, AK

“Tim and Libby, I will always remember what a sweet, polite young man Mike was. My heart is heavy with sadness as you are going through this...Read More »
65 of 72 | Posted by: Brenda Pease - Lafayette, IN

“Oh, Libby, Tim and girls -- we were so saddened to hear the news of Mike's sudden passing. We are lifting you up in our prayers and send much love to...Read More »
66 of 72 | Posted by: Joyce and Dan Preest - Florence, SC

“I was a classmate of Mike and Meg's I am so sorry for the pain you are all feeling and pray for God's peace to find you. "Death leaves a heartache...Read More »
67 of 72 | Posted by: Tricia Clark - Fort Wayne, IN

“I have such fond memories of Mike, both as my student at Wabash College and later as a staff member in admissions. I saw Mike work hard to master...Read More »
68 of 72 | Posted by: Dan Rogers - Crawfordsville, IN

“I met Mike during my time at the Indiana Academy and loved every minute of being his friend! Mike was one of the most positive, easy-going people I...Read More »
69 of 72 | Posted by: Lizzy Bergren - St. Petersburg, FL

“My heart goes out to the entire Owens family... Letter from Heaven To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say But first of all, to let you...Read More »
70 of 72 | Posted by: Gloria E. Greene (Griggs) - CA

“I worked with Mike at the Indiana Academy. He helped with summer orientation programs each year and I loved those times. He was funny, kind, and...Read More »
71 of 72 | Posted by: Leah D. Hooper - Carbondale, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
72 of 72 | Posted by: Pam Rager - friend

Michael Francis Owens, 33, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. Born in Ft. Wayne, Michael worked as a Program Advisor with The Institute for Study Abroad. He graduated from North Side High in 1998 and received his Bachelors degree from Wabash College in 2002. He was a true sportsman who enjoyed playing baseball and basketball and was an avid Purdue sports fan. Mike was easygoing, incredibly patient, and skilled at working with youth. He tutored and mentored many students and inspired and touched many lives. Mike's greatest passion was bringing the world together through collegiate study abroad, something he himself experienced in Spain during his Wabash years. Mike will always be loyal to Wabash, his Wabash brothers, and their families. Those four years provided him with everything he needed and more.

Surviving are is parents Tim and Libby Owens of Indianapolis; sisters Mandy (Bill) Stetzel and Meg Owens. Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents Mike and Mary Kacala and Charles and Betty Owens.

Service is 7:00 pm, April 13, 2012 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, Friday, April 13, 2012 2pm to 7pm. Memorials may be made to the James S. McFadden Resource Center, an educational service for at-risk students, 4527 Shenandoah Circle West, Ft. Wayne, IN 46835. To sign the online guest book, go to