Our Dad
Michael Elmore Sr
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 6, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    South Bend, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 24, 2009
  • Place of passing:
    Mesa, Arizona, United States

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of our dad, Michael (Mike) Elmore Sr, who was born on March 6, 1946 and passed away on August 24, 2009.  We will remember and love him forever.

Michael Jr and Courtney welcome you to this site and hope you enjoy our cherished memories and pictures of Dad.  Please light a candle with a little memory of your own.

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It has now been over a month since our dad’s passing.  We miss him deeply and that will never change.  Michael Jr and Courtney would like to thank all our friends and family that have lit a candle or shared a fond memory for our dad.  Your kind words have brought smiles and of course tears to our faces.  We hope you will continue to view this website and through the years add additional memories.   We had a wonderful Memorial Celebration to honor our dad.  We are very grateful for those who traveled to be with us.  Our family and extended family are very close.  In time’s like this, one truly understands how blessed we are to have such extraordinary people in our lives.  One thing Michael Jr and Courtney have learned throughout the past few weeks is what type of a man our father was.  We always knew he was a Dad to be proud of, but only now  have we come to realize just how many lives he touched.  For some people it was just a brief moment and for others it was a lifetime.  It seems that it did not matter how he knew you,  him just knowing you made a lasting impression. 
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 25th August 2017

"Loving thoughts of you - forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 24th August 2017

"Hey Murk...as you know, today is a day of celebration.  My BD along with Courtney and Glen's Anniversary.  Even though we celebrate those events on this day our happiness is always tempered by the sobering reminder of this being the day you moved from our world to the next...for other than your enemies that's not a good reason to celebrate.

But what I will choose to do is remember a thought of you that brings a lasting smile.  And, I have a treasure chest full of memories to choose from.  Of course, there will also be an iced "clear one" set for you.  So, be quick about it, make your move on it or I might beat you to it.

Not ready yet Murk but down the road big boy, down the road."

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 24th August 2017

"From Bill
Just checking in.  We had a great reunion this summer at Daveys, but just like the last eight years there was a big hole without you.  Everyone in good shape."

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2017

"Happy Birthday my darling brother!  I miss  you terribly.....give a hug to Mom and Dad for me.  Love you,  your sister, Carolyn"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2017

"Happy 71st Murk.  I know you know how much we enjoyed an early and special BD celebration last week when Bill and Sharon were in.  Being with Mike Jr., Jennifer and Abe (Michael III pulled a double shift) put us in the moment to remember and again share special memories of another time.  Feasted on your favorite...KFC followed by an ample dose of miniature eclairs.  BTW, I'm just about out the door for another dinner dose of KFC.  The table will be set and include an iced "clear one".for you.  Some day, down the road, we'll all be able to "clink" glasses once again.  Till then, watch us as we celebrate, remember, laugh and still shed a tear as we all remember how blessed we were to have you for as long as we did.  Down the road Murk, down the road."

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 6th March 2017

"From Bill
Happy BD big boy!  Miss you alot.  I know you enjoyed the Cubbies ride as much as we did.  Give my love to M@D.   Bill"

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 6th March 2017

"Still think of you and how much you touched our hearts- love always, Sharon"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 28th August 2016

"Hey Murk...sorry for my tardiness this anniversary.  Seven swift years already since you first mingled with the angels and met the "Big Fella".  

Swimming in memories since I arrived in South Bend yesterday...all good but some tinged with a bit of sadness as I'm reminded of and miss yesteryear and the joy we experienced as a young family growing up.  Going to visit the old haunts, play some golf, do a bunch of other stuff also but certain to hit the cemetery and offer up a prayer of thanks to Mom and Dad.

Two days ago, spent the afternoon/evening with Courtney and her family.  Burgers, potato salad and eclairs were the primary staples we built the meal around...right up your alley.  You've done good with your family Murk, really good!  

Bill's already covered the Cubs and ND so I'll just add my pat on the back for raising our hopes...so, keep em going.  

We miss you but are so thankful for the time we had you.  Down the road Murk, down the road."

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 24th August 2016

"Mike, can't believe it's been 7 years since we last talked.  I miss our conversations about the Cubs and ND.  So far you've been pushing the Cubbies hard.  Hold off until October when we'll really need you.  You'd be proud of all the family.  Make sure M&D know what they started.  See you down the road.  Bill"

This tribute was added by Mike Dorn on 20th March 2016

"Mike you are so lucky you have such a warm and loving family. I miss you just as they do. I got to be a part of your family at your life celebration. If it was only for a day I will cherish that moment the rest of my life. I hope you can see Jon. maybe some two on two."

This tribute was added by Debbie Giles on 9th March 2016

"Happy Birthday my favorite Uncle...3 days late! I love you, miss you and I'm craving Pizza King because of you!! Btw....did I tell you how much I HATE that you're gone??? Anyway...your brothers are talking Cubbies so I guess do what you can....give G&G a big hug and I'll see you someday....❤️"

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 6th March 2016

"You were born 70 years ago today and I still remember mom introducing you to me.from her bed on Sunset Lane.  Wow.  I'll lift one to you later today and remember the good times.  If you can give the Cubbies some help this year---we'll know!  Bill"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2016

"Hello my dear brother, couldn't pass up your birthday without saying how much you are missed.  By the way, I didn't  get your roses :-)  I know a joke between you and me.  Please give mom and dad a big hug from me.  Love you, Carolyn"

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 6th March 2016

"Still often think of you with fondness, cousin Mike, and wish you were here with all of us.  Say hello to Bub and Aunt Katie.  
Love you,
Sharon"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2016

"Hey Murk...tears and smiles as I watch again the photos on this site.  Takes me to a place I long for and so appreciate the time we all had you with us.  

I predict your 70th birthday year is going to be a magical one for all the flock you hover over.  So, Bill and I are putting in an order for a Cubbie World Series and shooting our age one more time...work your magic My Brother!!

Down the road Murk, down the road!"

This tribute was added by Michael Elmore III on 27th October 2015

"Grandpa Mike, words cannot describe what I have been feeling for the past couple months. I wish I could pick up the phone and hear your words of wisdom and comfort. I constantly feel your presence whenever I feel in the dumps and I feel immediately better. I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for me in the past, present, and more importantly the future. I love you and miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 25th August 2015

"Mike,  I think of you every day.  If it is possible, would you put in a good word for the Cubs.  I think they're going to need it!  Bill"

This tribute was added by Debbie Giles on 24th August 2015

"Hey Uncle Mike!! So today it's sunny and there's a breeze passing through. I talked to Courtney to see how she was doing today...she misses you so much. We all do. It's never the same when we gather, like this past 4th of July. I can just see you giving the kids a hard time for sneaking up and getting you with the paintball! I love you and think of you all the time. Keep an eye on us all, ok?? ❤️❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 24th August 2015

"Hey Murk...celebrating another birthday today...my 72nd, but then you already know that.  For me/us, this day is not unlike any other that we recall and celebrate the man who was taken from us much too early...but then you already know that too.  When I blow out the candles tonight I'll think of you peering over my shoulder offering a birthday wish and a cackle in your laugh.
See you down the road Murk!!"

This tribute was added by Mike Dorn on 15th March 2015

"Happy birthday Mike I think of you often especially when I get an e-mail from an old classmate. We had a lot of fun I will always feel like part of your family."

This tribute was added by Debbie Giles on 6th March 2015

"Happy Birthday, to my favorite Uncle!! (Don't tell Uncle Bill!) we miss you, Uncle Mike, Randy/Jack/and me!! If there were a Pizza King nearby I'd be all over the sausage/pepperoni! We feel you with us all the time, during every family gathering whether small or large...we know you're there! Love you CRAZY and miss you MORE! Your favorite niece, Debbie."

This tribute was added by Michael Elmore III on 6th March 2015

"I miss you every year just a little bit more, but I know that you are watching over me. Happy Birthday Grandpa Mike. Today I am going to the driving range. Love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2015

"Happy Birthday Mike!  Miss you every day....give Mom and Dad a hug from me.  Love you so!  Your sister, Carolyn"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2015

"Hey Murk...we celebrate your birthday today with another KFC feast and in the company of your favorite son and his family.  We'll raise a glass or two or more in toasting to the guy who made a difference and left his mark on all of us.  Happy Birthday Big Guy!!!  Down the road Murk, down the road..."

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 6th March 2015

"Happy birthday Murk."

This tribute was added by Mike Dorn on 21st September 2014

"I think of Mike often and how much fun and laughter we had growing up. It is true the good die young Mike was one of the best. Wish I
could have been as good as Mike. Mike never got mad. I guess he
figured I did enough of that for both of us. Thanks to all the Elmore's
for letting me be included in there family. Love always Mike"

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 25th August 2014

"You are forever in our thoughts and hearts"

This tribute was added by linda fleming on 25th August 2014

"HI Mike,
I lit a candle this morning,you must have been near/perhaps right on my shoulder,as i never light a candle in the morning... until I did today! Now, I know why. You were there....Wow!!!! Tears of Joy as I miss you Cousin. My golf game has improved with your guidance and help  as I feel most close to you on the course. You left me your love for the sport ... and I love it with a passion. thanks for that!! I had KFC twice last week,always so so good. Please continue to stay close and keep us safe!
Hugs&Love,
Linda"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 24th August 2014

"Hey Murk...In So Bend and played Elbel today.  On more than one occasion I thought of our last round here with Bill and our son's.  You're never any further away from me/us than our memories...means you're always pretty close.  Till the next time..."

This tribute was added by sharon norman on 8th August 2014

"r.i.p you are now a beautifull angel in heaven x x"

This tribute was added by Courtney Sward on 6th March 2014

"Happy Birthday Dad!!!!  I love you and miss you so much.  I won't lie it was a tough day from me.  Thank you for "Spaceballs" tonight, I needed  it.  Your grandson didn’t believe me but I said Spaceballs would be on and voila there it was.  We love you, thank you for watching over us."

This tribute was added by Michael Elmore III on 6th March 2014

"Hey Grandpa, I just wanted to wish you another birthday. I could really use your expert advice right now. All I know is that you are watching over me, and the next couple weeks I will be asking myself what would you do. Everyday I wish you were with us, so I can let you know how things are going. I know that you are watching over me, and proud. Love you and miss you always. Happy Birthday!!!"

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 6th March 2014

"Happy birthday Mike.  I'll hoist a clear one tonight just for you.  Think of you daily.  Bill"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2014

"Hey Murk...KFC tonight...we'll set an extra plate.  Down the road Big Boy, down the road."

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 31st August 2013

"Forever in our hearts - think of you often and smile remembering that twinkle in your eyes and sweet smile.  Sharon"

This tribute was added by chet/speed reilly on 30th August 2013

"mike---you are missed more than you know. you would be so proud of your kids, their spouses, and the grandchildren. I am a grandfather now.....I wish you could be around to enjoy this. great memories!
speed"

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 24th August 2013

"Murk, can you believe the "kid"is 70 today.  Wow!  I Had it going yesterday.     One under after 13, but ended with 79.  Keep looking after all of our wonderfull grandkids.  Bill"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 24th August 2013

"Yo Murk...we celebrate today.  My 70th, Court and Glens anniversary and memories of you...I'll set a clear one out for you.
See you down the road."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Elmore on 24th August 2013

"Hi Dad..just thinking of you, and how I could use some words of wisdom. Please look over my boys..the big one could really use ya right now. Had some tough times at work, give him guidance and love. We miss you so much. Don't forget to cheer for the Broncos and Wildcats and the Irish...love you...xoxoxo xox Jen"

This tribute was added by Debbie Giles on 8th March 2013

"Happy Belated Birthday, Uncle Mike! This is the norm, remember? Your bday the 6th and mine the 7th but then we talked around the 9th or 10th......wishing each other love and best wishes. But yesterday, you probably would have said, "49?!"  And I would have replied, "I know!!! But how does that make YOU feel???"  Randy, Jack and I love you and miss you...all...the...time!  xoxo"

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 7th March 2013

"Thinking of you and smiling - you will be in our thoughts and hearts forever.  
Much love to you,
Sharon"

This tribute was added by Courtney Sward on 6th March 2013

"Happy birthday Dad.  Today I was going through your old pictures and remembering all the wonderful memories that go with them.  Even though you are near we miss you and love you.  Happy Birthday.

P.S.  It is amazing how much Dylan looks like you when you were his age."

This tribute was added by Pat Hartnett on 6th March 2013

"We're thinking of you on this anniversary of your birthday Mike!
Had a chance to see Mike's family last month, and shared enough laughter over "dog stories" to last a year!  Will get to see Courtney next month in CA.  Wow Mike, what a great couple of kids...and their families are just as terrific!  Your humor, kindness & love shines through!"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 6th March 2013

"Hey Murk...Carolyn and I are here in AZ...but, of course, you already know that.  What a great way to celebrate your birthday with Mike and family.  ..KFC on the menu tonight.  I'll set out a clear one for you...if you don't get around to it, don't worry,  I'll empty it for you.  
See you down the road Murk...Dave and Carolyn"

This tribute was added by Sharon Elmore on 6th March 2013

"We think of you every day and miss you alot.  Please put in a good word for ND next season and get us through that last game.  The family is in good shape, but keep watch for all of us.  Bill and Sharon"

This tribute was added by Mike Dorn on 9th September 2012

"I think of Mike often and every time I do, I know he went too soon.. It
is amazing how little I saw of him as an adult, but I still miss him.  It makes me think that I should make an effort to spend more time with
Arnold and Eby.  The four of us spent alot of good times together."

This tribute was added by Pat Hartnett on 27th August 2012

"In our hearts and on our minds always Mike.  Last month we got  to spend some time w/Mike & Jennifer, Michael & Abe...Courtney & Glenn, Dylan & Hailey Rose.  What a wonderful family you left behind...they are all just amazing, loving folks...just like you were.  So glad to have had you in our lives...if even that short while.  Love, Pat, John & Kids"

This tribute was added by Debbie Giles on 26th August 2012

"Hey, Uncle MIke! Thought of you Friday. Always do, though. We miss you, your smile and sense of humor. Mostly the love you had for your family! All of us are better because you were a part of our lives. Missing you at the yearly Elmore Olympics, too! But I'm sure you're up there cheering us on. Love you!! xoxo"

This tribute was added by Dave Elmore on 25th August 2012

"Hey Murk...I know you're lurking close by all of us.  I'll see you down the road...just not quite ready yet."

This tribute was added by sharon berlet on 25th August 2012

"It doesn't seem like three years have passed since you left us, Mike.  I still think of you and how much joy you spread to family and friends.
Love always,
Sharon"


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