Michael James Renihan
78, Martinsville, IN, died May 24th after battling cancer.
Mike was born to Edward and Mary (Johnson) Renihan in Indianapolis, on February 6th, 1936. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Mary Johanna (Bunge) Renihan, four daughters: Marsha Renihan, Michelle Collins (Tom Mosley), Melinda Provines (Matthew) and Monica Tender (Robert); four sisters: Mary Jane Sutton (Richard), Pat Lesher, Lois Lorian and Kathleen Shires; brother Timothy Renihan (Sharon); Half Sister Anna Marie Bair, Half Brothers William Esselborn, Jr., Dennis Esselborn, Kevin Esselborn. He was predeceased in death by his brother Daniel Renihan (Ellen) and sister Janette Harris. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Michael was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in the Korean War, where he served in Korea and Japan. He earned the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest, and, as evidenced in his generous contributions to his local community. He was an active member of the American Legion post 230 and the Marine Corps League unit 1367, in Martinsville.
As a child, Mike grew up in a family that was involved in horse racing. This passion continued into his adult life where he was instrumental in developing the Indiana Quarter Horse Racing Program. Mike was a lifetime member of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI), joining in 1964. While serving on the QHRAI Board of Directors he held the office of Vice President and President. He was appointed by Governor O'Bannon to serve on the First Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Advisory Board, and was inducted into the Quarter Horse Racing Association Hall of Fame.
Services will be held at Costin Funeral Chapel in Martinsville on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Calling hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Military Honors will be rendered by Morgan County Marine Corps League Detachment 1367.