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Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary

7924 North 59Th Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

Thomas Michael Obney

26 January , 19566 May , 2019
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Thomas "Mike" Obney passed away on May 6, 2019 peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on January 26, 1956 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He enjoyed cheering for his favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys. He also was interested and studied various species of monkeys. Michael was a proud member of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians.

Michael is survived by his loving mother Gloria J. Obney; sisters Linda Obney, Sharon Mashatt; aunt Marylyn Gudith; uncles Charles Obney and Walter Antone Jr. ; nieces and nephews Crystal Spoto, Johi Spoto, Nichole Winfield and Tobias Estrada and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his loving partner of 15 years Brenda Saldana.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30pm on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. A reception will follow the service. Online condolences can be given at www.chapelofthechimesmortuary.com

  • FAMILY

  • is survived by his loving mother Gloria J. Obney; sisters Linda Obney, Sharon Mashatt; aunt Marylyn Gudith; uncles Charles Obney and Walter Antone Jr. ; nieces and nephews Crystal Spoto, Johi Spoto, Nichole Winfield and Tobias Estrada and numerous great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving partner of 15 years Brenda Saldana.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, 17 May , 2019

Memories

Thomas Michael Obney

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Sue Moreno

17 May 2019

How I remember the days of fun and laughter. Those days at the slot car track and you all calling me softy because I couldn't hit the pin ball machine right and I'll never forget, 'sleeves'. Your fight is over here an earth and you are now with our Lord pain free. I'll miss you Mike but I know I'll see again.

Linda Traylor

14 May 2019

I am so sorry for your loss it is hard lose a loved one. I pray you find comfort in knowing he is pain free and you will meet again.

Dolores Antone

13 May 2019

We lived so far from each other so we didn't get to see each other much, you was loved and you will be missed.

Linda Obney

13 May 2019

I am sure going to miss you. When I get sad I have so many memories to remember how about how we would throw our stuff in the car and camp out for weeks at a time, fishing in our 5 man raft using the weirdest stuff for bait but hey we caught fish, or we would kick back listening to awesome music looking at the stars in the blackest sky I have ever seen, I can hear your laugh as you played with the kids they loved that, I love you so much and when I see you again we can share our memories together

Julie Lambert

13 May 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. This is the worst pain a mother has to endure. I know firsthand the pain unfortunately. I hope the good Lord gives you extraordinary strength to live without him. Just know he is in a pain free place now. You will meet again.

Carmen Lechuga

13 May 2019

I don't have memories with "Unk Mike" just that he was always Uncle Mike! Best And favorite uncle ever! My sympathy for my sweet Obney family and to you Gloria you are the peg that holds this family together with L♡ve... Linda Sharon Victor and family my deepest condolence, I know he is without pain and in pure happiness in heaven! 🕊🕊🕊

Sharon Mashatt

12 May 2019

I cant believe you are gone. I miss you so much. You were the best brother
someone could ask for. Thank You!
You are with the Lord now and I know I will see you again.
What a glorious day that will be!
Love you Mike no worries I got this!!

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Biography

To Thomas “ Mike “Obney, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Mike, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Mike really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

His parents were Thomas and Gloria Obney. Mike was raised in California and Phoenix, AZ. Even as a child, Mike had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

Always a good playmate, Mike was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Mike managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Mike was raised with two sisters, Linda and Sharon.

All of Mike's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Mike experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in cross country running. In his spare time he liked slot car racing with Dad. They built their own cars for racing.

Mike enjoyed his leisure time playing pogo games on his computer. He has badges to prove it.

Mike was a lover of animals and cherished his cat, enjoying the cat almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. He wasn't allowed a dog, so he had a cat and named it Dawg. They were best friends for 13 years.

After a 6 year battle with cancer, Mike passed away on May 6, 2019 resting peacefully at home. What a fighter he was. He is survived by his mother Gloria and sisters Linda and Sharon. Services were held at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary.

Mike brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Thomas Michael Obney lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

Please read the following, written by his nephew which expresses how we all feel about Mike (we all called him “unk”)

The most profound story I was told of my uncle involves my birth, that’s the importance he had in my life. He was involved in the entirety of it all. He brought me home from the hospital and sat me in front of the television to watch his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys. The basis of him having the responsibility of me was the epitome of who he was…a giver of himself. My mother was terribly sick after giving birth to me and he whole heartedly without thought took on the duty of caring for his newborn nephew while his sister recovered. This is so important in his story because this is the representation and portrayal of the man he was. A man who gave the most important commodity, can’t be bought or sold, he gave himself. He did so with love, kindness, affection, warmth, gentleness and most importantly, he did so without question, especially when it came to family. He never obtained riches or gold, but what he had to offer was more valuable than worldly possession. He offered the ability for his family to comprehend what a man should exemplify. His example was strength and stability, an immovable force for his family to clasp onto, attach themselves to something safe so they can pursue every dream and feel secure when a mistake was made even when your heart gets broken. A safe place… That’s what his presence revealed when he entered a room. Safety, because you knew he would give all he had to protect what he loved and cherished most and that was us. His family. He made sure you knew he loved you and would show you in his own sarcastic way and knew every individual personality to make sure it was shown just right. His sense of humor and smile were penetrating in that whoever he encountered would eventually surrender to it. Even the toughest souls had compassion for him. He battled through life’s ups and downs and at times was dealt some bad cards, but he always managed to make his family feel like they were the most important people in his world. So much so you would forget he had problems of his own, because he was so good at listening to yours, no matter what you told him, his response was so perfect you felt comfort. Even if he was disappointed he would let you know in such a shameless way you would smile. Men these days are not built the way my uncle was, they just don’t make them like that anymore. His family strived to be as strong and selfness as he was so our surviving family members can know love as we knew it from him. His strength is what I will hold tight within my soul and his selflessness is why it’s so hard to let go and accept he’s not in this world with us, but the comfort is that our Lord and Savior has him safe. The world is no better for him not being in it, but heaven is that much sweeter having a soul so beautiful.

“He ran the race and finished and kept the faith throughout.”