Michael A. Hight, 74, Independence, Kansas passed away February 4, 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kansas. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory. The family will greet visitors on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kansas Sheriff’s Association and may be left with the chapel.
Mike was born April 14, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Harry Dale and Irma K. (Klintworth) Hight. Mike attended local schools, and was employed by the Universal Atlas Cement Plant until 1983. Mike then became employed with the Independence, Kansas Police Department and was then employed by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department until 1997. Following his law enforcement career Mike was employed by Charloma in Cherryvale, Kansas until his retirement in 2009.
Mike was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association. Mike was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsmen and enjoyed motorcycles, bicycles and camping. He will be remembered as a hard worker, a tad bit stubborn, always had a good story to share, a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and a great help to anyone in need. Mike even chose to give the gift of life as an organ donor.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents. Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 17 years Reba of the home, one son Mark A. (Alicia) Hight, Cherryvale, KS; one daughter Michelle (Russell) Shaffer, Simpsonville, SC; one sister, Melanie (Vernon) Ledbetter, Independence, KS; one stepson, David (Jacqueline) Vest, Independence, KS; two step-daughters, Michelle (Chester) Davis, Caney, KS; Margie (Mark) Goodman, Independence, KS; step-mother Juanita Hight, Independence, KS; 11 grandchildren, Brian Hight, Independence, KS; Chelsea (David) Wage, Independence, KS; Leslie (James) Wright, Independence, KS; Jacoby Shaffer, Simpsonville, SC; step-grandchildren, Brandi Davis, Caney, KS; Rebecca Davis, Caney, KS; Justin Davis, Caney, KS; Joseph Davis, Caney, KS; Nathan (Allison) LaBatt, Independence, KS; Jerry LaBatt, Independence, KS; Feenix Vest, River Vest, Haven Vest, Independence, KS; and six great-grandchildren.
Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory are in charge of Arrangements.
anna kitchenCaney, KS
Mike was a great father in law and a great person, he will be truly missed by us all, he touched a lot of lives and made this world a little better place. I will miss the happiness that we shared working on projects and just being together. And I will miss the smile that he always smiled. I will miss him...
Rusty ShafferSimpsonville, SC
So sorry for your loss . i didn't know until today tell Brian sorry i'm latePrayers to everyone.
Kay WesterveltIndependence, KS
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Mike was a good man and will be dearly missed. Take comfort in knowing that Mike is watching over all of you and is now in the hands of the Lord...and that love never ends
Frank & Dana KeelerCaney, KS
Loosing my own father at a young age. I had a few men in my life that have left an impression on me. Mike was one of them. Around 10yrs or so of age, Mike was doing a remodel of our kitchen and added an extra bathroom. Of coarse being 10yrs old I wanted to learn and help swing the hammer. Mike let me try and do a few things here and there. Remembering him being very patient with me. Well there’s that one time I bent the nail head over and left it “un-buried” and he jumped my butt about it. He was just trying to show me that when doing projects, you don’t half-ass them. That being said, Mike will be truly missed by everyone around him. My family is mourning with yours.
Tanner WoodsTonganoxie, KS
I was so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. May you all feel the love of Jesus surround you at this time, and know he was respected and loved by many.
Alberta SmithIndependence, KS
R.I.P. old friend
Donald B. YausCoffeyville, KS
So sorry for your loss he was a great person and will truly be missed! He always had a smile on his face.
Denise & Tim BakerIndependence, KS
Worked with Mike at Indy PD, and we work a lot together when he was on MGSO, will miss him greatly, a great guy ...
Harry SmithIndependence, KS
Mike was a great man. Worked with him at Charloma. Sympathy for the family!
Leann morganIndependence, KS
Rest in Peace Mike my friend. I'll catch a few crappie for you.
Diane HightFredonia, KS
It is hard to know what to say at this time. Just know that you are in our thoughts. So very sorry. God Bless
Jerry and Mary BennettIndependence, KS
Linda's and my sincere sympathy to all of Mike's family and we ask the Good LORD to rest his soul and bless all though this time of loss. Love, Kenney and Linda
Kenneth FarmerIndependence, KS
May angels fly high for the family at this time in your sorrow, we are very sorry for the loss and thoughts and prayers are with you..
HAZEL & JIM COLESan Isidro, San Jose, KS
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending our love and prayers. We love you guys.
Keghan and KarterSimpsonville, SC