November 29, 1938 – December 24, 2020
Larry Michael Midkiff, age 82, of Indianapolis Indiana passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2020. Known to all as “Mike”, he was born in Seymour Indiana on November 29th, 1938 to the late Jack and Dorothy Midkiff of Beech Grove. He is survived by his wife Martha and two children, Greg Midkiff and Andrew Midkiff, as well as four grandchildren, Kathryn, Susan, Charles and Nate, and five great-grandchildren, Bella, Ava, Ivie, Aksel and Indy.
Mike attended Beech Grove High School and volunteered for the Navy after graduating. He met the love of his life, Martha (Lukenbill), when they were fourteen. They married when he returned from duty in 1960, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in July of 2020. Mike worked various jobs while supporting a family and getting his bachelors and then master’s degrees in teaching from IU. He began his teaching career at Southport High School. Mike became the Governor’s Ombudsman under Otis Bowen and spent years fighting for prisoner rights in the Indiana prisons before returning to teaching. He retired from the state in 1992 and he and Martha started their great adventure in teaching at American High Schools overseas. They lived and worked in Sao Paulo Brazil, Lahore Pakistan, and last in Dakar Senegal. They used their school breaks to travel the world and by their estimation have circumnavigated the globe several times visiting 72 different countries. They returned to the states and settled down in a condo on the beach in Sand Key, Florida where he finally retired from teaching at Saint Petersburg High School.
Through his great love for history and for teaching, Mike inspired generations of students, helping them to think for themselves, and to understand how history fits into the context of current events. He was never without a story, either from his past, or from history, and his family, his friends, and his students will miss the man who was always teaching.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday January 10th at 1:00pm at Little and Sons Beech Grove Chapel.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Indiana University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the IU School of Medicine at https://medicine.iu.edu/research-centers/alzheimers/giving
We are restricted to 25 guests at this time and a mask must be worn at all times in the funeral home.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Celebration of Life Service
Sunday, January 10, 2021
January 14, 2021
Mike an Marty, are my soul sister and brother. Marty and I worked together in the Guidance/Couseling office at the Lahore American school, Lahore ,Pakistan. Mike was the Rock we both loved very much and leaned on.
Precious brother Mike , you have flown to your Heavenly Abode. May you be received with rose petals and a heavenly breeze.Amen. I am bereft and cannot find proper words to express my grief.
As, for darling Marty, who is not well her self---I want to hug her tight and so that she does not feel the pain of losing her beloved of ""60""years.
Our colleagues have written,all the wonderful times we spent together.Etched in our memories for ever.
Once again, Mike I loved you very very much.
May your wonderful sons,Greg and Andrew, the grandchildren and great grand children, find solace and bear this irrepairable LOSS. AMEN.🙏🌷💚🌹⚘🥀🌹
January 11, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the family. My husband and I worked with Mike and Marty in Lahore, Pakistan. I'll never forget the 50th party that Marty threw for Mike! Such a testament of deep love and commitment. We have fond memories of working with Mike and remember his commitment and care for his students. Deanna and Bruno Emond.
January 10, 2021
We send our deepest condolences to Marty and the family. We have such fond memories of them both from our time at LAS. He was so funny and kind, He always had a story. One of my favorites was how he attentively brought his wife coffee each morning while she got ready for work. There are many other stories that I remember that endear him and Mary to both Jerry and me. He was truly a joy to all who had the pleasure to call him a friend. We send our warmest regards.
Sherry Lynn Colgan Stone
January 8, 2021
To Marty and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Truly a man of integrity, humor and kindness. His students and the rest of the staff and Lahore American School, especially me, had the upmost respect for him. I have two favorite memories with Mike. The first is the trip we took to Taxila and the crazy driver that we had. We were all pretty sure that it would be our last ride...Mike took it with humor in stride. So glad we all made it to more adventures. And it was always an adventure with Mike and Marty. My second favorite memory is Mike's birthday party that Marty threw for him. So much fun and entertainment. My favorite part was singing Happy Birthday to Mike behind the curtain, while Marty lip-synched to my singing. She was the perfect "Marilyn Monroe." Definitely a night that we all remember. Thank you for sharing Mike with me. My love and prayers are with you.
January 8, 2021
Uncle Mike you were so much fun!! you had the wisdom of a dad and the fun of an uncle! I so enjoyed our chats,,,about everything history...who knew I even liked History??!! Thank you for loving me -for keeping us in laughter with your great humor and for showing us how to make a marriage work. I love you Mikey,,, and love that we spent 10 days in Italy...and I love this picture of you and your sweet Martha on your 50th ... Love Kim your Favorite niece!! haha
Jim and Vicki Little
January 5, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss Martha and to your whole family. We will always remember the fun we all had at the class reunions and all the stories that were told. Those were some fun times. Mike will be missed. Due to the Covid we cannot attend, but Martha know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
Liz and Todd Gribbon
January 4, 2021
Mike and Marty were a handsome couple, full of life and laughter. A remarkable AP and World History teacher, Mike was an excellent conversationalist. I always left our discussions with a little bit more life knowledge. I remember Mike fondly from our teaching days at Lahore American School. May peace be with Marty and your family and fond memories of better times heal your grief.
Liz (and Todd) Gribbon
January 4, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear about Mr. Midkiff's passing. We had him for economics and he was a delight. He had health issues while in Pakistan but managed to pull through and still enrich us as students.
He will be missed. RIP.
January 3, 2021
We are saddened by the news of Mike’s passing, and we extend our condolences to Marty and all the family.
Dave and I have fond memories of working with the Midkiffs in Lahore, Pakistan, twenty years ago.
Pat and Dan Frost
January 2, 2021
We loved our time in Pakistan with Mike and Marty. Teaching together, celebrating and traveling with them -a cherished memory.
Mike knew his history backwards and forwards- all the facts! Witty, good to kids and respected by students and faculty-kind and caring soul. He loved Marty and you knew it for sure when he looked at her- May his soul Rest In Peace.
Condolences to Mike and Marty’s family.🌹
December 29, 2020
Greg and Andy
I vividly remember as a teenager paddling my canvas covered foldboat on White River, and shooting the old rapids near Kessler Blvd bridge, with your dad. At that time my Cousin Marty and Mike were just starting their many years of marriage.
His "Sea Stories" of his time and adventure in the Navy are still vivid in my mind. He inspired my joining and making the U.S. Navy a career back then in 1962.
I really enjoyed his outlook on life over these many years. I will always remember the last time up to Indy from Florida sitting there with family and catching up with the old times.
Time flies the older we get. However, as all sailors have said over the ages "Fair winds and following seas, my dear shipmate. May God be always with you". Mike will not be forgotten.
Marty - we love you. God is looking over Mike now and he is in his good hands.
My and Mary's prayers are with all of you.