In Memory

Michael G. Shinn

Classmate Michael (Mike) Shinn's passing was reported in The Cleveland Plain Dealer March 18th.  Noted THS and University of Kansas graduate was a retired financial advisor.  He is survived by wife Joyce, father of daughter Colynn (deceased) and son Stephen Shinn.  Funeral Services, March 21, 2015 11 AM at Mt Zion Congregational Church United Church of Christ 10723 Magnolia Dr., Cleveland OH, 44106 where his family will receive friends at 10 AM.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Congregational United Church.  Boyd & Sons Funeral Home, 25900 Emery Road is handling the services.

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03/20/15 11:57 AM #1    

Skip Gladfelter

There is a great picture of smiling Mike on the funeral home handling the arrangements.  He has his KU ball cap on and smiling!  

03/20/15 12:22 PM #2    

Frank R. Chaffin

Mike & I went to Crane Jr. High. He and I played football there. I was quarterback, he right end. I would call a pass play that would go to Mike. He was very tall in Jr. High so it was an easy target. I would throw the ball to where I knew he would be -- and I would see this pair of hands come up over the defense -- catch -- touchdown!!

It was great to see and talk with Mike at the 50th Class Reunion. He was a good man. He will be sorely missd. R.I.P. Mike!!

03/20/15 12:25 PM #3    

Suzanne Robinett (Brown)

I had a nice visitt with Mike at our 50th.  I had remembered him as a heck of a nice kid in HS, and was not disappointed to find he was still nice, if no longer a kid!  His family lost him WAY too soon.  


03/20/15 12:27 PM #4    

Barbara Pierce (Mc Kee)

Mike sat next to me  in tenth grade homeroom.  He was always kind, loved to joke around and seemed to be self-assured.  He helped make me feel comfortable and accepted since I was quite shy.  Starting my school day with Mike on the side of me was a great delight and now a wonderful memory.  My sympathy to the family.

03/20/15 01:35 PM #5    

Kathleen Ramsey (Arbogast)

I remember Mike as being a very nice person.   I did not know him real just had classes with him.   He was always very kiind and a real gentleman.

03/21/15 01:08 PM #6    

Gail S. Levin (Megeff)

I liked Mike very much. He was very friendly, kind, and thoughtful.  I will miss seeing him at our next reeunion.

05/22/15 10:11 AM #7    

Michael A. Tyree

I knew "Big Mike" better from spring track than FB, as we both did the discus. Many hours of throwing and fetching!

He was the quiet, reserved guy, even more so than me. I like to think of him as the gentle giant. Looking back and knowing what I know now, he could easily have been one of the all time KS HS greats in that event, had  specific event coaching been available for him. He had the "stuff"! Me, not so much...Ha!

Looking back into time, I am greatly saddened by the realities of racial relations during our early years. "Majority" kids today can become so much closer to those of color than was true for us. Thank God for the future.

Goodbye Big Mike!

Little Mike T.


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