On May 22, 1997, he was married to Debra Darlene (Vaughn) Darnell in Lebanon; she survives.
Mike was a 1972 graduate of Thorntown High School and had attended Purdue University. He was a 10-year member of Boone County 4-H and a member of the ROTC at Purdue. Mike worked as an auto mechanic for Webb Wheel and also owned his own shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a period of time.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. There was a special place in his heart for all children.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Darnell; two children, Megan Ann Darnell and companion, James Almy and Nicholas Ray Darnell; stepchildren, Louis Lincoln Shepherd, Jr. and Jennifer Lynn Berry and companion, Brannon Strahm; three grandchildren, Damian Rage Berry, Dylan Elijah Berry, and Loki Devlin Strahm; sisters, Linda A. Darnell, Yvonne (Donna Welton) Howard, and Joanna (Perry Jr.) Shoemaker; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a stepson, Elijah Luke Shepherd.
There will be no public services. Myers Mortuary and Boone County Crematory have been entrusted with his cremation arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, c/o St. Vincent Foundation, 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260, the Humane Society for Boone County, P.O. Box 708, Lebanon, IN 46052, or to the Boone County Cancer Society, 117 West Elm Street, Lebanon, IN 46052.