Michael Joseph Murnane, 70, of Van Wert passed away at 1:19 AM on April 23, 2022 at his residence.
He was born on August 04, 1951, in Fort Wayne, the son of the late Edmund Joseph (Joe) and Virginia Ruth (Keen) Murnane. On August 22, 2015, Michael married Pamela (Burris) Benya, who survives.
Mike enjoyed music, hiking, and traveling with his wife, Pam Murnane. Michael was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana but had lived in many locations across the country from Portland, Oregon to the Florida Keys. In 1975 Mike hiked the entire 2000 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. He moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Van Wert, Ohio with his late wife Diane Murnane in 1999.
Michael worked many different jobs through the years from guitar musician in several different bands to driving a taxi in Portland, Oregon and Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked in the Tool and Die trade for several years in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Later in life, Mike earned an Associate Degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for 20 years as a Calibration Technician for the Herbert E. Orr Company in Paulding, Ohio.
Mike is also survived by a daughter, Kelly Neurenberg (Jesse),; Step-Children Lucas Conley and Chandler Conley; Grandchildren Melanie Katella, Allie Neurenberg, Aubrey Neurenberg, Wesley Neurenberg, Adam Conley, Andrew Conley; Sister - Marilyn Pickhard (Gene Allen).
A celebration of Michael's life will held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Pastor Brian Walter, officiating.
Family and friends will be received two hours prior to the celebration, from 9 to 11 AM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Michael`s memory may be sent to The American Cancer Society.
To share in Michael's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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