Michael Joseph Lenihan

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sergeant Michael Joseph Lenihan, 63, died Saturday, June 2, 2012 peacefully at home.

He was born Dec. 27, 1948 in Indianapolis to Bartley and Clara Gallagher Lenihan.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, M. Katherine Lenihan.

Also surviving are his two brothers, Br. Kevin Lenihan, O.F.M., Springfield Ill., and Kerry Lenihan, Indianapolis.

Mike's legacy lives on through his six children, Franklin A. Lenihan (Faith), Julie A. Hernandez (Guillermo), Michael W. Lenihan (Valerie) and Jennifer D. Leeson, as well as his two youngest sons living at home, Derrick K. Lenihan and Connor M. Lenihan; grandchildren Tyler Fox, Megan Lenihan, Frank Lenihan, Emily Lenihan, Joseph Lenihan, Jessica Lenihan, Nathan Powell, Hailie Trammell and Jonus Trammell; and two great-grandsons, Bentley Fox and Dayton Fox.

He was welcomed into heaven by his parents, Bartley and Clara Lenihan; brothers Bernard Lenihan and John H. Lenihan, and sisters Joan Niccum and Mary Denise Lenihan.

Michael graduated from Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, in 1966.

At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army in the 25th Infantry Division's Engineer Battalion. He served three tours in Vietnam and received several medals, including the Purple Heart, the Heroism Award and the Army Commendation Medal.

After serving his country, he graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute and retired from the United States Post Office. He also enjoyed interacting with the community and friends while stocking bread at the local Wal-Mart grocery.

Michael was a loving, devoted husband who loved his children and grandchildren, and he took great pride in their two great-grandchildren.

Michael attended St. Paul Catholic Church and New Life Baptist Church, Greencastle. He will always be remembered for his love and dedication to his God, his country and his family.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Pastor Tim Tesmer officiating. Interment with honors will follow at Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.