William "Mike" Michael Lord

May 25, 1942May 8, 2018

William Michael “Mike” Lord, 75, of Newburgh, passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, May 8 from complications related to ALS. He was born at home in Maysville, Missouri, on May 25, 1942, to Byron and E. CaroLee (Snapp) Lord.

On May 28, 1988, he married his wife Barbara (Barb Harris), in Sikeston, Missouri. With multiple educational degrees, Mike began his studies at the University of Central Missouri (Central Missouri State University) where he served as Student Body President and was privileged to be chosen as one of the early Student Ambassadors for People to People International founded by President Dwight Eisenhower. Mike also studied at Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mike’s work included serving as Assistant Executive Director for Missouri State Teacher’s Association as well as legislative lobbyist for the same, Executive Director of Missouri Association of Rural Educators, and State Farm Insurance. However, his lifework was education, beginning his career as teacher and building principal in Holden and Craig, Missouri, and serving as superintendent of schools at Maysville R-1 Schools in Maysville, at Montgomery County R-2 Schools in Montgomery City, and Clinton County R-3 Schools in Plattsburg, as well as interim superintendent at Lathrop R-2 in Lathrop, all in Missouri. He was also involved in multiple educational and civic organizations during each of his superintendencies. Out of his family history of small town newspaper ownership and his own interests in education and history grew Mike’s love for reading and book collecting, amassing a collection of well over a thousand titles, much to the chagrin of family and friends who had to help at moving time. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest son, Michael Scott Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, James Lord (Deb) of Camanche, Iowa; step-daughter, Jennifer Scott (J. Aaron) of Newburgh; granddaughters, Kristin Lord (fiancée Logan Riley) and Kerri Lord; and great-granddaughter, Kendell Grace Riley, all of Camanche, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Chapel at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 2227 W. Michigan St., Evansville, IN 47712, officiated by Rev. Dr. William J. Wassner. Friends may visit Saturday from 1:00 PM until service time at the church. A second celebration and interment of cremated remains will be held in Northwest Missouri at a later date.

The family would also like to extend a very warm thank-you to the doctors, nurses, and therapists of the Medical ICU at VUMC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to the ALS Association online at or to the Maysville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Jean Berry, 5714 Berlin Rd., Maysville, MO 64469. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 19, 2018

William "Mike" Michael Lord

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Lonnie Moore

May 16, 2018

Remembering our growing up in Maysville; all the Sunday outings together with our parents; "bucking bales" for Emory Tunks and Lloyd McDonald; and playing ball in the courthouse yard...

Bonnie Haghirian

May 16, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Lord's death, and to know that it was ALS that took him from all of you. I knew him as my superintendent when I taught at the Clarksdale School, 1980-83. A funny memory of him is my first encounter: the classroom to which I was assigned was painted purple. A very bright purple, so I asked if I could paint it. He laughed and I'm sure he thought I was crazy - but he bought the "pale yellow paint" for me so that I could transform the room! He was always supportive, and he certainly understood the issues of rural schools. I'm sure that he left many footprints on this earth that will be difficult to fill. Know of my prayers as you go through these days remembering and celebrating his life.