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Mike Abbey, 65 year old Woodward businessman died Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Larry Gene “Mike” Abbey was born on November 9, 1950 in Mountain View, Missouri; he was the son of Emmitt Lawrence and Frieda Opal (Belew) Abbey. Mike attended school in Mountain View and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1968. After graduation Mike was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was Honorably Discharged after serving his country. Mike then began working in Wichita, Kansas as a diesel mechanic for Detroit Diesel. After two short stints at other locations, Mike was transferred to the Woodward location for Detroit Diesel as a mechanic working his way up to Manager of that location. Mike was united in marriage on February 16, 1972 to Annola Ruth “Ann” Wiseman in Woodward, Oklahoma at the Bible Baptist Church. Mike and Ann made their home in Woodward. Mike stated throughout his life that he wouldn’t live anywhere else. To this union three children were born, Michael Shane, Brandon “Scott”, and Angela Dawn. Mike was an entrepreneur owning several businesses including, Mechanics Inc., Oilfield Repair Inc., and most recently Woodward Diesel Parts and Service, Inc. He also had a part in various other business ventures. Mike loved his family and was devoted to them. He not only spoiled his children, but also his nieces and nephews. He was a very kind and generous man, always willing to help not only family but anyone in need. Mike felt as though farming and ranching was his true calling. Mike is survived by his wife Ann of the home; one daughter, Angela Abbey of Portland, Oregon; two sons, Mike Abbey and wife Brigitte of Broken Arrow; Scott Abbey and wife Annie of Woodward; two grandchildren, Cort Abbey and Presley Abbey; three sisters, Pat Brown and husband Carl; Wanda King and husband Kenneth; Diana Cowen; four brothers, James Abbey and wife Pat; Joe Abbey and wife LaRee; Rodney Abbey and wife Gail; Stephen Abbey; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Koonce and Delores Holden; four brothers, Bill; Jack; Jerry; and John; one niece; and four nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mike Abbey Scholarship Fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  February 15, 2016
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