OBITUARY

Michael Lynn Deighton

June 26, 1949April 11, 2019
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Mike Deighton, 69, passed away peacefully at his home in New Port Richey, FL on April 11, 2019. He was born June 26, 1949 in Great Bend, KS, the son of Jim and Arlene Deighton. Mike married Pat Uhlenhop on July 29, 1978.

Mike is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Lynne Deighton of New Port Richey, and her three sons, Jase, Priest, and Mack; and a son, James Williams (J.W.) and wife, Jen of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters; Sheri & Jerry Beltz of Kingfisher, OK and Lori & Larry Doyle of Okarche, OK; a brother, Matt Deighton of Greensburg, KS; and his nieces & nephews along with their families. Mike is preceeded in death by his parents and his grandson, Bishop.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on April 27, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Hudson at 11am. Lunch will follow the service.

A 2nd Celebration of Life service will be held on May 11, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Clay Center, KS. Gathering of family and friends along with a reception will follow at The Clay Center Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate in Mike's memory to the American Cancer Society.

Services

27 April

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

First United Methodist Church of Hudson

13123 US 19
Hudson, FL 34667

11 May

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Clay Center United Methodist Church

921 5th Street
Clay Center, KS 67432

REMEMBERING

Michael Lynn Deighton

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Carl Pyle

April 16, 2019

Pat.. So sorry for your loss. My words cannot measure the grief at.this time. Please be assured that I will hold many memories of Mike forever. We shared alot of days riding to work, alot of good laughs. Northern for whatever it was to each of us drew us together with memories and life long friends. Not seeing Mike for many years has not dampened a feeling of loss from his passing.
May God Bless you and your family.
Carl

Jan Taylor

April 15, 2019

Pat, I am so sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. I worked pipeline with him during several summers at Clifton NNG and he reffed many basketball games our boy played in. He was a great guy who loved you and his family. He left a lot of good memories. God Bless you and your family, Jan

gordon marston

April 14, 2019

before your marriage, I played a round of golf with Mike and Uncle Bill. I remember on one hole that Bill said, what do I know about Mike. I told him, Pat is one lucky lady, he does truly love her, you have no worries about that. He never said anything but nodded his head, and we continued on playing, but I did feel that suddenly he gave Mike much more appreciation of who he was after that. I will never forget. A great man, both of them.

Cathy Bogaert

April 13, 2019

Cousin Mike was always one you looked up to (literally) and a kind and gentle soul. He had Uncle Jim’s easy going style.
We most remember how he showed up for our Dad’s (Uncle Dave) and brother Dan’s funerals in Illinois driving long miles to be there with us. In addition, he served as a pallbearer for both services.
Our sorrow for his loss and prayers for all the family. The Bantz Family - Angela, Cathy, Jean, Nathan and Natalee Bantz

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else, it would have to be Michael Lynn Deighton. He was a warm hearted and well-liked individual and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a noble and amiable person. Mike was someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. He was a sociable person who was tactful at all times, and typically said what he meant!

Mike was born on June 26, 1949 at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, Kansas. He was the first born of Jim and Arlene Deighton. Mike was raised in Larned, Kansas. During his childhood, he learned to be reliable and respectful. Mike was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others at an early age. These admirable qualities would become a big part of Mike’s personality throughout his life.

Though Mike was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Mike was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, he worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Michael was raised with three siblings. He had two younger sisters, Sherry and Lori and one younger brother Matt. Mike and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Mike was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, he was always tactful. One thing Mike will certainly be remembered for is that when he got up in the mornings he was ready and raring to go! As a young boy, he had a number of interests and was a very active child. Some of his childhood activities included baseball, swimming, football, basketball, and track. He was also a cub scout, a part of Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), liked baseball cards, and fishing.

For Mike, the school routines were rarely a problem, although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion, and he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Mike was also adept at details. He was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Larned High School in 1968. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was gym! The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Coach Webster. In 1968, Mike's high school basketball team came in 2nd at the State Tournament. In football, he made The Wichita Eagle’s 2nd Team as an Offensive Lineman, 2 years in a row.

College can be a challenge, but Mike appeared to be well equipped to succeed. He had a knack for staying focused and on track no matter what was going on around him. Mike had the ability to work undisturbed through all of the constant interruptions that are a regular part of college life. He enjoyed using the skills he'd already learned and applying them to new courses. He knew the facts and rarely made factual errors. He attended Pratt Community College and Fort Hays State University. His favorite professor was Mr. Hal Dyer. While Mike attended college, he played on both the Men's Basketball and Football team.

There was one thing that all of Mike’s friends knew and will always remember and that is he was action orientated. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Mike was such a popular person throughout his life. He was also dependable, loyal and very trustworthy. Mike was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Mike was accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, he was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Mike was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host”, for just about any occasion. When Mike made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jan Clutter, Mike Geisel, Walter Calahan. Later in life, he never met anyone that wasn't his friend. He created MANY lasting friendships all over the country.

Michael was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call him sentimental, and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around him. Mike cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On July 29, 1978, Mike married Pat Uhlenhop at the United Methodist Church in Leonardville, Kansas. Compassionate, dedicated and devoted Mike worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

Harmony was important to Mike and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. He was blessed with 2 children, Lynne and J. W. and also blessed with four grandchildren, Bishop, Jase, Priest and Mack. Mike LOVED his family! He was such a proud husband, father and grandpa! Mike was always conscious of the feeling’s others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Mike was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Mike would listen before he would act.

Taking his work seriously came naturally to Mike and he expected the same from those around him. He was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person”, and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills and his respect for others. Mike was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits, were situations that Mike handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was in the pipeline corrosion industry. He started his pipeline corrosion career at Northern Natural Gas/Enron followed by starting his own successful company, Pipeline Services Inc., which he ran for 24 years. He brought harmony to his work environment doing what was necessary in order to get the job done properly while always maintaining respect for his colleagues. He was still top in his field and loved what he did!

Blessed with a practical nature, Mike was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Mike served in the National Guard. He was in the Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Combat Support Training Brigade, stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class. He received several awards including marksmanship and good conduct.

A methodical man, Mike enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on any given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were golfing, fishing, coaching, sports officiating and supporting everything his wife, kids and grandkids were involved in.

Mike was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Mike was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Mike played football, basketball, and ran track. In his college years he continued to stay active by playing football and basketball. He was always an avid golfer, loved a good game of pool and enjoyed coaching his kids and grandkids. Mike also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were K-State Football/Basketball, Kansas City Chiefs, PGA Golf and ANY team his kids/grandkids were on!

His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Mike to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Mike did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Mike was a member of the Letterman's Club. Throughout his later years, Mike was an active member of N.A.C.E. International, Board Member of the Clay Center Country Club, Elks, American Legion, K.S.H.S.A.A., and F.S.H.S.A.A.

Mike was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others! He was appreciated and respected. He could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about his own values and beliefs. So, it’s little wonder that he was active and highly valued by those in his community, serving on committees for the Little St. Andrews at the Clay Center Country Club, and was active with his grandson Jase, in All Pro Dad's Club.

His high moral standards and traditional values served Mike well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. As a child, he was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. During that time, he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, and was an Alter Boy. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

A generous and compassionate man, Mike accomplished much during his lifetime. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Mike was recognized and given awards for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. One of his most prestigious awards included coaching his daughter's fast pitch softball team to winning 4 State Championships.

Not only did Mike enjoy traveling, he also enjoyed planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He was rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included his honeymoon to Las Vegas, family ski trips to Colorado, family trip to Chicago, numerous family weekend getaways to Daytona Beach, the Reno trip with his Dad, multiple Kansas State Football Bowl Games, ALL of his golfing trips with his buddies, and of course all of his Pipeline Services work trips. He truly enjoyed traveling, experiencing new places and meeting new people.

Mike was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Red, a mix breed dog, who was his best friend for a few years. His family was rounded out by multiple dogs and cats throughout the years. There was Jake, Bandit, Boomer, Penny, Jaidee, Ruby, Jinx, Gracey, Callie, and Tigger.

Since it was easy for Mike to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Mike was ready when that day to retire finally came. He officially retired in 2018, in New Port Richey FL. In retirement, he found pleasure in following his son's college baseball career, golfing, fishing, umpiring high school girl’s fast-pitch softball and of course anything his grandkids were doing. Even in retirement, Mike stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

Mike passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019 in his home, surrounded by his family in New Port Richey, Florida. He fought a brave battle against cancer.

Mike was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion and whenever he said something, he meant it. Mike was a down to earth person, outgoing and very gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Michael Lynn Deighton.