Girdham, Michael

Michael D. Girdham, 51, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Aug. 6, 2013, at University of Toledo Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Morenci, Mich., on Feb. 12, 1962, to the late Wayne Girdham and Dolores “Cookie” (Caswell) Lucas.  Michael was a 1981 graduate of Pettisville High School and later attended college.  

He enjoyed careers working at Dennis Potato Farm and later as a machine operator for Archbold Container. He was a member of Oasis Church in Wauseon.

Michael is survived by his “father” since childhood, Don Lucas of Tedrow, Ohio; sisters Margaret Hoag of Hudson, Mich., Samantha Karnes of Georgia, Donna Lucas of Wauseon, Ashley Girdham of Reed City, Mich.; brothers, Richard Girdham of Wauseon, Bill (and Vivian) Shaffer of Morenci; step-child and lifelong best friend, Kevin Bechtel.

In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his niece, Destiny Thomas. 

Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109, Delta, Ohio.  Services and interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Northwest Ohio Region, 405 Madison Avenue, Ste. 210, Toledo, OH  43604.