Michael Owen “Mike” Shane

Michael Owen “Mike” Shane, 67, of Richmond, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo.

Mike was born Oct. 7, 1947, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert M. and Dorothy M. (Owen) Shane. He married Veronica A. Dale of Richmond Oct. 2, 1966; she survives of the home.

Additional survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Kristin Shane of Richmond; two daughters, Rhonda Ireland of Lee’s Summit, and Monica Shane of Richmond; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Norma Shane of Excelsior Springs, and Cody and Donna Shane of Richmond; six grandchildren, Patrick Jeffries, Shane Ireland, Connor Ireland, Ali Kate Ireland, Ensley Shane and Jett Shane; and one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Allen and Michelle Dale of Richmond.

Mike was a farmer. He was a 1965 graduate of Richmond High School. He was a United State Army veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star. Mike was a member of Richmond VFW Post 4398, where he was currently serving as its chaplain. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 41 years, before retiring in 2005. He was a member of United Auto Workers Union local 249. Mike served on several boards in Ray County including: Ray County Memorial Hospital Board, Ray County Women’s Resource Center, Ray County Farm Service Agency, Ray County Home Health and Cotton Creek Ministry. He was an ordained minister. He was a member of the Christian Fellowship Ministry, and a member of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. Mike was a chaplain for Cowboys for Christ. He lived most of his life in the Richmond area.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the VFW Post 4398 or to the Christian Men’s Network.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at Richmond Fellowship Ministry Church in Richmond. Burial will be in Todd’s Chapel Cemetery in Richmond, with Ray County veterans providing military honors. 

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