Michael Scott “Mike” Marcum, 51, passed away unexpectedly due to heart complications Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a longtime resident of Franklin.
Mike was born in Columbia, Mo., on March 30, 1962, to his parents, Alfred O. and Nettie J. (Myer) Marcum.
He was a 1980 graduate of Whiteland Community High School and went on to earn his associate’s degree in metallurgical science and technology from Oakland City College in Indiana. His certifications are too numerous to list.
Mike was employed as a welding instructor at Atterbury Job Corps in Edinburgh for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he worked several years for Moran Electric as a journeyman welder, including many years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He was an Indy car and drag racing fan.
Mike was a member of the American Welding Society and IBEW Local 481.
He was an avid outdoorsman and former member of Fur Takers of America. In his younger years, he was an extremely successful trapper, setting records and paying off his first new truck with money he earned from fur taking. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and forever searching for that elusive mushroom “the size of a breadbox.”
He also enjoyed socializing with his many friends, especially with longtime buddy, Weiser.
Mike loved spending time with his daughter, Magi, and was a good, if unconventional parent. He would stick her in his pack basket when she was very young and take her into the woods to identify tracks, deer rubs and scat. Magi claims he once tipped his Toyota over after she called him a sissy while four-wheeling with her through a creek bog. Then it righted itself. He was, after all, “The Man, BMS.”
Mike was a collector of robots, stemming from a fascination with “Lost in Space” he had as a child. He and his brother, Steve, shared a joint interest in Hot Wheels and spent many hours running Hot Wheels tracks through three rooms of a crowded farmhouse. Mike later became an expert marksman with a passion for firearms and our Second Amendment rights.
Mike Marcum related to and loved the students he taught at Job Corps. He touched countless lives over his 18-year career at Atterbury and without a doubt helped many change into productive citizens with promising careers. He will be missed.
He is survived by his mother, Nettie Marcum of Bradenton, Fla.; a daughter, Magi C. Marcum of Trafalgar; and siblings, Steve (Michelle) Marcum of Kettering, Ohio, and Judy (Mark) Warner of Whiteland. Family who also loved him include stepmother Barbara Hunter of Stockton, Mo.; and mother to his child, former wife Julie Young of Trafalgar. According to Magi, her parents “were only a little divorced.”
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home, Cremation and Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Mike to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Marcum family at www.meredith-clark.com.