Michael Anthony Shiflet, 44, of Bartlesville, died Monday, January 20, 2014.
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Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the First Christian Church in Bartlesville. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
Michael Anthony Shiflet, born July 29, 1969, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 20, 2014. Michael was born and raised in Bartlesville, the son of Roger and Suzanne. Michael was an Eagle Scout, obtaining this rank in 1985 from Troop 11 in Bartlesville. He was also one of two students from Bartlesville High School to attend a Oklahoma Highway Patrol weeklong camp in western Oklahoma his Jr. year of High School. Here he received an honor for his excellent marksmanship.
After graduating from Bartlesville High School in 1987, Michael attended Phillips University in Enid, OK. He graduated in 1991 with a degree in Finance.
After graduating from Phillips, he married his college sweetheart, Alice-Ann Haver. They were married on June 7, 1991 in Bartlesville, OK. After which they moved to Tulsa where Michael obtained his degree in accounting from Langston University and obtained his CPA license. Michael then decided to apply to and attend the University of Tulsa School of Law where he graduated in May 2000 with honors. He passed the bar exam in July of the same year. During his career at TU, he wrote an article which was published in a book titled Legal Medicine.
One of God's greatest gifts to Michael, was the birth of his son, William Michael. He and William could be found most Saturday mornings enjoying donuts as part of their weekend routine. He also enjoyed snow skiing and camping with his family and friends. He loved to fish and target shoot at their family cabin on the south end of Grand Lake.
Michael loved to cook and eat. He loved to cook his family's favorite, steak, where he spent many years developing the perfect steak seasoning. He also looked forward to fall and winter when the weather would be perfect for a nice big pot of chili. He challenged himself by making new recipes for some of his favorite foods, which would include some type of Cajun flair. He also loved dining out, trying new and unusual foods, but still loved the basic good ole American breakfast.
Michael was a devoted husband, father and son, where he was faithful in sharing his vast knowledge with his family. He never thought twice about being present with love, encouragement and support for all who sought it. His faith in God was always present in his everyday life, as he faithfully read his Bible everyday. Although a man of few words, there was rarely an unkind word ever spoken. His values, ethics and success in life, left nothing less than a man of great character.
Michael was an associate at Brewer, Worten, Robinett Law firm in Bartlesville, where he worked for the last 7 years. Prior to that, he was an attorney for Frasier, Fraiser and Hickman law firm in Tulsa. He also worked in accounting for Amaco Oil Company as well as Braden Winch.
Michael and Alice-Ann spent several years as youth ministers at their church, First Christian Church in Langley, OK. They also served together 2 summers as camp counselors at Chi-Rho camp at Camp Christian, in Chouteau, OK. After moving to Bartlesville, he was a member of the noontime Rotary Club, where he served on the board. He was a member of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as a member of the board, Deacon of the Disciples Christian Church, member and secretary of the board of Hillcrest Country Club, past treasurer of Ray of Hope, past president and treasurer of the Washington County Bar Association, he was recently appointed as City Attorney of Bartlesville, served 5 years as a den leader for Den 3 of Cub Scout Pack 150, committee member of Boy Scout Troop 2000. He also helped coach William's t-ball and coached pitch baseball teams for 3 years.
Michael leaves behind a host of family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Alice-Ann, son William Michael, parents, Roger and Suzanne, all of Bartlesville, his mother-in-law, Barbara Haver of Eucha, OK. One aunt, Ellen Evans, cousins Kerry and Tonya Evans of Bartlesville, Karen and Ron Ketter of Owasso, OK, Robbye Villarreal of Denver, CO, his brother-in-law, Ronald Haver of Jay, OK, cousin Traci Offutt of Tulsa, OK and nephew Josh Smith of Vinita, OK. Many other cousins from OK to CA. One sister-in-law, Tina Shiflet of Garland, TX. Michael was preceded in death by his fishing buddy and father-in-law, William Dale Haver and his brother, Stephen T. Shiflet.
In lieu flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bartlesville SPCA, 16620 State Highway 123, Bartlesville, Okla, 74003 or the Cherokee Area Council, BSA, 529 S.E. Quapaw, Bartlesville, Okla., 74003, where donations received will be used to scholarship scouts for camp, that might not otherwise be able to attend. Also, donations can be made to any of the above mentioned charities which Michael was involved.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2014