William Michael Shore


William Michael Shore, 70, of Indianapolis, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Mike was born Oct. 31, 1945, to the late Beechum “Bill” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Smith) Shore. He grew up on the southside of Indianapolis and attended Southport High School.

He later went to Southwest Missouri State University before joining the Army where he was a drill sergeant.

In his professional life, Mike was the president of Sharp Ford Inc. from 1975 to 2007 and was an accomplished Ford dealer.

His various titles included being a member of the Ford National Dealer Council, president of the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana, director of the National Automobile Dealers Association, and Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year in 1984, along with many prestigious awards.

In his personal life, Mike served as a member of the Board of Advisors to the Sisters of St. Benedict in Beech Grove and as the president of the Country Club of Indianapolis, where he was a highly regarded member.

Mike’s accomplishments span the years and it would truly be impossible to list them all. As his granddaughter’s husband said: “Mike lived a life you could only dream of.” What was most important to Mike, though, was not the titles or honors, but his beloved family.

He is survived by his wife, Katie (Schmidt) Shore; daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” (Joel) Groves; granddaughters, Kathleen “Katie” (Augie) Hibner and Sarah Groves and her fiance, Daniel Farrell; great-grandson and little buddy, Gus Hibner; sister, Mary Elizabeth (Tim) Walsh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at  Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Entombment will follow the Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107 in Mike’s honor.

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