Michael B. "Mike" Mears, 85, of Sandusky, passed away early Friday morning, May 31, 2019, at the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
Michael was born on February 16, 1934, in Sandusky, OH to Bennett L. Mears and Josephine (Heidegger) Mears. He attended Sandusky City Schools until enlisting in the US Navy, in 1952. Michael proudly served as a "Tin Can Sailor" aboard the destroyers, USS Fitch and USS W. C. Lawe. He trained as a SNIPES machinist mate. Michael was a Korean War Veteran, honorably discharged in 1956.
After living in several states throughout the USA, Michael returned to the city he loved, Sandusky. In 1960, along with his business partner, Michael founded Sandusky Machine and Tool, Inc.. He was also a partner in Able Plastics, of Sandusky. He retired after 40 years as a tool and dye maker, and businessman.
Mike enjoyed boating, oil painting, and was an avid reader of mystery novels. He loved to travel and visited many countries. Mike was rarely seen without a deck of cards, close at hand. From rummy with his mother, to pinochle or poker with lifelong friends. Mike loved to play. His love for playing cards spanned his lifetime. As time progressed, he was often found playing solitaire at the dining table, with a nip of Scotch, and a beloved dog at his feet.
He loved spending time with his immediate and extended family, whether it was family picnics with his sister and nieces, or vacations to the Smoky Mountains with his in-laws and their children. Spending time with his daughters and grandchildren brightened his smile and brilliant blue eyes. He was the anchor in our family, who will be forever loved and greatly missed.
Michael is survived by his former wife of 34 years, and lifelong companion, Reba (Davenport) Mears; two daughters, Kathryn Mears and Lisa (Myron) Ransom; three granddaughters, Amy and Erica Cheatham, and Sara (Kyle) Cordle; three grandsons, Christopher Cheatham, and Michael and Kevin Kaufman, all of Sandusky; and he had 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his only sibling, Patricia (Mears) (Strack) Kurtz; and his second wife, Carol (Mather) Mears.
Honoring Michael's request, cremation has taken place. A private interment ceremony will be held with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post # 83 Color Guard at Perkins Cemetery at a later date,
As a thank you for outstanding care, the family has requested donations to be made in his memory to Stein Hospice, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.
Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Mike's family at davidfkoch.com.