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Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home

8805 Ne 23Rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

J. Michael Lonergan

January 5, 1947August 7, 2017
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Dr. J. Michael Lonergan, 70, to some known as “Dr. Mike” or “Doc,” went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2017. Born on January 5, 1947 in Oklahoma City, OK he was raised with a strong sense of religion, family, and education. He took those values and became an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow early in life. He then graduated with honors and as an AAU swim champion from Midwest City High School. He went on to start his college career at the University of Oklahoma with an athletic scholarship. He moved on to finish his college career at the University of Dallas and University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. After graduation he moved to Cleveland, Ohio to begin practicing medicine and is where he would finish his first of many medical residencies and fellowship trainings. He went on to achieve 5 board certifications and sub-specialties – Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, & Hyperbaric medicine. During this time, he also taught medical students and authored and co-authored many medical research papers. Later in life he became a member of the Ohio National Guard as well as the West Virginia National Guard as a battalion surgeon where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and proudly completed Airborne School at the age of 49. Following his time spent in Ohio, he again felt the calling to teach and moved to St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean where he was on faculty and taught several classes including pharmacology at the University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine. He returned stateside to in order to help care for his sister Pat and decided to stay. Upon settling in and opening a practice in Weatherford, OK he continued helping those in the state he called home. He also followed his instilled values of giving back and being of service. Doc always considered himself a student, and followed the beliefs of God, Family and Country in everyday life. His primary medical practice in Oklahoma grew by using the pharmacology knowledge he gained throughout his career to treat patients with chronic pain.

He loved Jesus, hearing and telling stories, flying, swimming, chili, watching movies, “cussing and discussing” politics, reading, Dr. Pepper, and practicing medicine but his proudest accomplishment of his life were his three children, Molly Marie, Robert Connor, and Mary Katherine and his greatest love was for his family. Doc would ask those to please not cry for him but instead celebrate his life with stories, prayers and laughter because he just beat us all to a better place. In following with the values taught by his parents, his family is asking for donations to his grandchildren’s education in lieu of flowers.

Being a father and grandfather, Mike was preceded in death by his parents Walter Irving and Grace (Hannefin) Lonergan and sister, Patricia Lonergan-Russell. Survivors include his children, Molly Vorous (James), R. Connor Lonergan, and Mary Holt; grandchildren, Grace and Caitlin Vorous; siblings, Anne Metz (Robin), Laurie Stanford (Rick); nieces/nephews, Jon Metz (Amelia), Dylan Metz, Jessica Tucker (Russell), Josh Standford, Luke Stanford (Tara), and Eileen Lonergan; and sister-in-law, Sherry Hayden.

His family will receive friends on Thursday, August 17th from 1-4pm at the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home 8805 NE 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 7314. Followed by a Rosary service at 7pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 3901 SW 29th St; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73119. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday August 18th, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Wake Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 18, 2017

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LaFonda White

September 12, 2017

One year ago today I met you at your clinic. Your injection saved my life. What a year we shared since that day. I miss you more then you will ever know. I am a better person for having you in my life this last year. I will always remember our good times Fly high with HIS holy angels. I love you.

Anita Robertson

September 6, 2017

I met Dr. Mike in 2015, and he literally saved my life with his special injection. What a very interesting man he was, and he never rushed his patients through but spent time regaling them with entertaining stories. I last visited his office in January, and since it seemed that I needed the shot about every 9 months, I had planned to call him this week. Something told me to check on him, and I discovered to my shock that he had passed away. I am so sorry. My condolences to his family. He helped a lot of people.

vickie harrel

September 5, 2017

I was so shocked when I found this out. I met him this summer in his weatherford office. I called him Magic Mike, and told him what a great man he was, he turned around and pointed at the banner hanging on the wall and said he owed it to that man, speaking of God. Will be missed.. Deepest sympathy to all the family members. God Bless

Tim Richards

August 20, 2017

Rest in peace, Dr. Mike. I always enjoyed our visits and will be eternally grateful for the relief that you provided for both my wife and I.

Lavern Guthrie

August 17, 2017

I never got the privilege to meet Dr. Mike, but he was a customer at the bank where my son works. But I have several friends and family members who was helped so much from his injections for pain. So for that I will be forever grateful to this man. My sister is off her pain meds after 17 years. Thanks Dr. Mike for sharing your knowledge and for helping these live pain free.

Carolyn Hamburger

August 17, 2017

I met Dr. Mike at Dr. Cook's office in Weatherford OK. I typed all his medical accomplishments for different insurance companies. He was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face. I feel honored to have met him and worked with him. He helped so many people.. So sorry for your loss. Carolyn Hamburger Weatherford OK

Charles Mccomas

August 15, 2017

A hell of a man and just a fountain of knowledge . A honor to serve with him.

August 14, 2017

We only knew Dr Mike for a short time but we truly are great full to have met him. He was an inspiration and a blessing to us both. So sorry for your loss.
Randy and Jamie Briscoe (Edmond)

Sally Neugent

August 13, 2017

I was Dr. Mike's patient for the last 5 years. Dr. Mike's skills as a physician changed my life for the better. and I am very grateful. He was always delighted to hear he had been able to help others suffer less. He helped a lot of people. I pray for his family's comfort.

Sheryl Varnum

August 13, 2017

Prayers sent to the family RIP Mike God is next to you and the family with his loving arms holding you. God Bless

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