ForeverMissed

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. 
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2022
Hey Murk. can't help you blow out the birthday candles today but I'll take care of the glass of vodka I always pour for you on this date.

I remember a birthday of yours when we were kids sharing the front bedroom on Sunset. My best but foggiest guess is you were around 10 or so. It's burned into my memory because there was a picture taken of you sitting in a chair facing the front windows. On your bed was a crystal radio set Uncle Bob got you and you were linked to it by a set of headphones. We had strung a wire out the front window to a connection on the tree in the front yard. You were fooling with the dial and all you could get was static. Finally, you hit paydirt, turned around with this smile of accomplishment that said "I told you I could get it to work!" Ah, those were the days!

So many great memories. We all wish you were here to keep on making them. You continue to be with all of us in our minds and hearts. Someday Murk, someday down the road we'll all meet again!!

Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2022
Happy Birthday, Mike! Can’t believe you left us so long ago but you will always be in our hearts!
Sharon ♥️
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2022
Happy Birthday Mike. Miss you  Bill
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2022
Happy birthday Mike We can’t get KFC today, cause the one here in Maricopa is pitiful . Give Mom and Dad a hug from me. I miss you terribly! Oh did you get the flowers . Inside joke everyone. Love you bunches, your sister, Carolyn ❤️
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2021
Hey Murk, 12 years and we’re still around. Don’t know how much longer but at the moment, we’re still around. Your memory is just as solid to us today as though it was yesterday. Had a conversation with Courtney earlier in the evening and we reminisced about the 50th birthday celebrations each of us brothers shared with one another. Bills out in Tucson, mine at Treetops and yours in Myrtle Beach. What a great celebration each of them were and the memories we created. She reminded me of the video she saw with you behind the camera, two sheets to the wind, of Bill’s 50th where you sat next to me and videoed the gathering at the restaurant table.  Mom and Aunt Jane were to my immediate left and you on my right. Bill on the other end of the table flanked by Sharon, Billy and Steve. What a time we had that evening. When Courtney reminded me of that video I was immediately there. It brought a lasting smile as I recalled that time we were all together and having such fun. But now, as I write this, I am back to the sobering reality of our loss this last 12 years and the tears flow. The web site music and the empty vodka glass next to me not helpful.  Ah, but there is the inevitable down the road. Not quite yet Murk cause we still have some livin’ to do but down the road Brother, down the road.
Posted by Sharon Elmore on August 24, 2021
Can't get rid of the Sharon sign in. Another sign that technology has passed me by. Dave and Carolyn along with Terry and Annie Powers were here last week. We remembered Dave's 50th where I think you won the limbo contest and also remembered your high hurdle records. Still can't figure how you got over those suckers. Still think of you often. Will see you down the road. Bill
Posted by sharon berlet on August 24, 2021
Memories of you and family are still very much with us. You are greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever.
Sharon ♥️
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 10, 2021
Hey Murk, thought I lost you. Nothing in my Inbox. Even went to the website with no luck of finding you. Figured the site no longer available to us. Then, I found you this AM. You were hiding in my Junk mail. Hide and Seek all over again. Had me fooled for awhile.
Saw Bill's post where he says he's on the back nine of life. I'm a few steps behind him but we're both still kickin'.
Your picture on this site is the same photo sitting three feet from me in our office. Next to it is your first place ribbon for the high hurdles in a 1964 meet with New Carlisle. Connected to the ribbon is a chevron from you WC Varsity sweater. When I look at all the pics and momentos of you I'm taken back to that period of our lives and it brings a smile to my face. It's fun to remember our younger days but I still remain in the grips of the return to reality and sadness washes over me. We all miss you Michael.
Down the road Murk, down the road!
Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2021
You are not forgotten, Mike! Fond memories and love fill our hearts on your special day.
Sharon
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2021
Happy birthday Mike. Cannot believe it’s been 75 years for you. I’m on the back nine now but not sure I see the clubhouse yet. I think I have a few holes left before I join your foresome. Miss you a lot. Bill
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2020
Hey Murk, so, we use this period to again with formality celebrate what we informally do the other 364 days of the year.
I’m a day tardy this year. Busy, busy yesterday. Several errands and no nap now leave this new 77 year old having to put this off until today.
Did have lunch with Mike and Abe at Silverado. And, enjoyed a telephone conversation with Courtney where we each congratulated one another on our special days. Without speaking to it we each were all aware of the underlying and sobering reminder of the significance of the day. Try as we must to avoid, it still brings a dark shadow and reminder the scab is still there.
Enough of that. My glass is emptying and it’s long past time to sign off. So, I’ll do so by saying the words that will reunite us all at some point...Down the road Murk, down the road.

Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2020
Just FYI, I miss you terribly. You would be so proud of your family. Give Mom and Dad a really big hug from me. Love your sister, Carolyn
Posted by sharon berlet on August 24, 2020
You are still in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Love you, Michael Wayne.
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2020
Hey Murk...Carolyn and I are celebrating your birthday again with one of your favorites... KFC. And you know what I'm washing it down with...your's is still sitting but I'll see that it's emptied before the end of the night. Thankful for the time we had you but I'm selfish enough to wish we had more. Anxious to see you again and time will take care of that. Bear hugs Brother! Down the road Murk, down the road.
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2020
Hi my brother, just FYI..I miss you terribly. Give mom and dad a hug from me. Love you, Carolyn
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2020
Still here Mike, but have about 120,000 miles on my bod. Think about you all the time. Happy BD.  Bill
Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2020
We have lost so many of our loved ones in the last 11 years since you’ve been gone. I imagine all of you watching over us and waiting for a joyous reunion.
With love & happy memories,
Sharon ♥️
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2019
Hey Murk...10 years to the day. We’re still here and counting but still feel so cheated your counting ended so soon. Your absence will always sting but we will forever celebrate with a smile the time you were with us. 
Someday, down the road, I believe we all will see you waiting along with the rest of the family. And, while that’s an appealing thought, I accept the wait till that corner is turned.
So, down the road Murk, down the road!!



Posted by sharon berlet on August 24, 2019
Think of you often, Mike. You are loved and in our hearts forever. Sharon
Posted by Debbie Giles on August 24, 2019
It’s been 10 years, Uncle Mike??? You know I believe in the monarch butterflies and beautiful red cardinals making their presence amongst us...it’s you. We miss you always...latest Elmore Olympics in VT got us all together and we felt you with us! Court and Glenn have the best kids...you’d be so incredibly proud of Dylan and Hailey! ♥️ Anyway...just wanted to say Hi and tell you I love you, miss you and am still craving a Pizza King pizza !!!
Posted by Sharon Elmore on August 24, 2019
Hi Mike, saw Court, Glen and the kids this summer at our get together in Vermont. You'd be proud!! When Dillon asked about your card playing ability I told him you were pretty good. Court set everyone straight by saying you were awful!! I tried. Think about you all the time. Bill
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2019
Hey Murk, Happy 73rd. Had a pleasant reminder this morning of your legacy. I happened onto the “story” section of this site and reread all the entries. When you couple those stories with the added section of notes/lit candles it describes how deeply you touched so many people. And, that doesn’t even consider all the others you’ve left your mark on that are not aware of this site...impressive. Not surprising, just truly impressive.
Tonight, KFC and glasses will clink. Down the road Murk!
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2019
Happy birthday my sweet brother. Can’t begin to tell you how much we all miss you . Give Mom and Dad a hug for me. Love you and miss you terribly, Carolyn
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2019
Happy Birthday Murk. I'm heading to AZ. later this month to celebrate my 80th on the links with the "boys'. We'll host a clear one to you! Bill
Posted by chet/speed reilly on August 29, 2018
Mike ---heading into Labor Day, many fond memories. You are missed.
Speed.
Posted by linda fleming on August 29, 2018
Hi cousin, I think of you so often I miss you buddy, most often when I’m on the golf course I ask for your help with a silent prayer for a good shot. Most of the time you come through with it. With a tear in My eye I look at the heavens And know that you are with me. Continue to keep us all safe . Love ya
Posted by Sharon Elmore on August 26, 2018
Hi Mike. Just got back from church where I sent you, mom and dad a prayer. Keep an eye on all of us from up there. Also put in a word for us to St Pete. As you know we need all the help we can get. Cubs are lookin good, I'm sure with your help. Think of you all the time. Bill
Posted by Mike Dorn on August 25, 2018
It is so great that ya'll keep this forever missed sight going. I think of Mike and
things we did as kids often. Now that Jon Arnold is gone I think of both Mike and Jon always at the same time. We were together a lot and always having fun.
I am very thankful for our time together. I also want to thank the Elmore family for keeping me in the loop. Thoughts of love to Mike and all the family
I am blessed to be a part of ya'll. Thanks
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2018
Hi my brother.... Carolyn here...I think of you often and wonder if you got the roses? I know, inside joke huh? I miss you terribly Mike. Tell mom and dad I miss them as well and give them a big hug from me. Oh, hope you are enjoying a round of golf with my brother Ken.
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 25, 2018
Hey Murk...just wrapped up the gathering for my 75th. Going to finish it off with watching the Cubby game I recorded earlier...course you already know the final...steer em the rest of the way as best you can big boy. 
Birthday wishes from everyone including Court. Know you made your best effort to connect if you could. Likely my arrival up there will be ahead of your figuring it out but we can at least put our heads together to see if we can come up with some kind of wireless connection...course this presumes I’m headed where you are...no guarantees...if not, we’ll just drink.
This day of the year always bittersweet. Recalls memory of the call from Mike Jr with the news of your passing. (I suspect you held out until my birthday to stick it to me for all the “action” I gave you through the years.). I was numbed but do remember telling Michael “thanks for taking care of,my brother.” Still, and I suppose forever, a vivid recollection of that call. Enough of that...my clear ones plus the consumption of yours suggests I’m ramblin’.
Miss you Murk...see you down the road!!
Posted by sharon berlet on August 24, 2018
Thinking of you brings a smile to my heart - love always, Mike
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2018
From Bill
Another year and my memories of you remain strong and always will. We're still picken em up and layen em down here in Tennesee just not as fast. KFC tonight and a few clear ones. HB brother.
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2018
Happy Birthday Mike! This is your sister, Carolyn :-) I miss you terribly. Give Mom and Dad a hug from me. You are probably playing golf up there with Mom, Dad and my brother Ken. We are having Kentucky Fried Chicken tonight....your favorite huh? Love you, Carolyn
Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2018
Your smile and that twinkle in your eyes will forever be embedded in my memory and heart. Hope you’re looking this way and knowing we’re all thinking of you and missing your presence. Lots of love to you.
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2018
Happy Birthday Murk!! 72 years since that March date in "46". Don't remember your homecoming to Sunset Lane but I do have a chest full of memories that occurred during the 63 years that followed. Always scroll through the pictures on your web site and I am proudly reminded of the fun, love and friendship all of our family enjoyed and treasure. There's a story behind everyone of those pictures and I'll bet Bill and I could provide a narrative for each since we were in lock step with you for all your 63 years.

Whenever I write these messages it's a bit of an emotional trip Most days, when you enter my mind the result is a smile and I'm warmed by the thought. But, on these two memorable days I allow myself to crumble a bit and let the tears flow. Course, the empty glass next to me could have something to do with the crack in my veneer. I'll honor it for what it is...just missing our brother.

Down the road Murk, see you down the road...
Posted by sharon berlet on August 25, 2017
Loving thoughts of you - forever in our hearts.
Posted by Sharon Elmore on August 24, 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.
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 24, 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.
Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2017
Still think of you and how much you touched our hearts- love always, Sharon
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 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
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 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.
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2017
Happy Birthday my darling brother! I miss you terribly.....give a hug to Mom and Dad for me. Love you, your sister, Carolyn
Posted by Dave Elmore on August 28, 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.
Posted by Sharon Elmore on August 24, 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
Posted by Mike Dorn on March 20, 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.
Posted by Debbie Giles on March 9, 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....❤️
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 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!
Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 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
Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 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
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 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
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Posted by Dave Elmore on March 6, 2022
Hey Murk. can't help you blow out the birthday candles today but I'll take care of the glass of vodka I always pour for you on this date.

I remember a birthday of yours when we were kids sharing the front bedroom on Sunset. My best but foggiest guess is you were around 10 or so. It's burned into my memory because there was a picture taken of you sitting in a chair facing the front windows. On your bed was a crystal radio set Uncle Bob got you and you were linked to it by a set of headphones. We had strung a wire out the front window to a connection on the tree in the front yard. You were fooling with the dial and all you could get was static. Finally, you hit paydirt, turned around with this smile of accomplishment that said "I told you I could get it to work!" Ah, those were the days!

So many great memories. We all wish you were here to keep on making them. You continue to be with all of us in our minds and hearts. Someday Murk, someday down the road we'll all meet again!!

Posted by sharon berlet on March 6, 2022
Happy Birthday, Mike! Can’t believe you left us so long ago but you will always be in our hearts!
Sharon ♥️
Posted by Sharon Elmore on March 6, 2022
Happy Birthday Mike. Miss you  Bill
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Shared by Debbie Giles on March 8, 2021
Well another year around the sun for me and another heavenly bday for you, my dear sweet Uncle Mike! It's soooooo hard to believe it's been like 12 years?? It seems like just yesterday you were with us...we miss you terribly - all the time. Give a hug to Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Ken and I'm sure Ralph and Lightning have been busy playing fetch with you. We will meet up again one day and I hope when that happens they'll have Pizza King pizza!! 
Love you crazy and miss you crazier! Team Giles xoxo

Good buddies

Shared by Mike Dorn on March 6, 2021
  When we were sophomore's and had home basketball games I always walked home with Mike and we had toast with honey on it for extra energy for the game. I don't know if it worked but we believed it did. I think believing is
all that counts. I sure enjoyed those times. God bless you Mike. We always hade a lot of fun.
                                Mike Dorn

Shut the Box

Shared by Courtney Sward on March 6, 2014

This was the last video taken of Dad, only a month before he got sick.  It was taken during the Elmore reunion of 2009 and we were playing our favorite family game, Shut the Box.  Of course, in the true spirit of late night games it was Dad and all the kids, no other adult.