Singer, 68, passed away peacefully December 25, 2017, the day after he was
able to participate in one of his favorite long-standing traditions, the
Christmas Eve gathering with his loving children.
Mike was the first
child born to Harold Frederick and Winifred Singer and lived with them in
Chesterton, Indiana, until he graduated from high school and left to attend
Indiana University. Because he planned to marry his high school sweetheart,
Nancy Oddi, the summer before his senior year at college, he dropped out in
early 1969 to return home and work at Gary National Tube for a semester.
However, this was the height of the Vietnam War, and Uncle Sam had other
ideas. Mike soon was wearing Army green and training to be a Military
Policeman. Wedding plans were changed to the fall and Mike eventually became
a Sergeant E-5 Provost Marshall and was stationed first at Savanna Army
Depot (IL) and then at Seneca Army Depot (NY).
brought a reduction of forces and Mike was released from the Army early and
returned to Indiana University to finish his undergraduate education. After
graduation Mike worked at Public Service of Indiana (now Duke) working his
way up the management and corporate ranks while he also worked to earn his
Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law in
Indianapolis. In 1980 he was admitted to the Bar in Indiana and began
full-time practice in Danville. In 1988 he purchased his own office building
in Avon and his practice quickly grew. He soon became well-known for his
persistence and his passionate and thorough defense of his clients. He loved
being an attorney and always felt that one of his biggest business
accomplishments was his ability to maintain a private practice in Avon for
over 30 years.
eventually limited his practice to only criminal matters, during his 38
years of law practice he handled almost every type of case and was as
well-known in the surrounding counties as he was in Hendricks County. He
also served as an elected member of the Washington Township Advisory Board,
been a Judge Pro-Tem in both Hendricks and Marion counties, and as attorney
to the Hendricks County Welfare Board/Department of Child Services,
Washington Township Advisory Board, as well as the Washington Township Park
Board. He was member and Past President of the Hendricks County Bar
Association and a member of Indiana Public Defenders Council.
Mike's interest in
the law was a natural complement to his interest in historical documents and
events. He was an avid amateur historian and a collector of political
autographs and memorabilia. He held membership in several historical
organizations including APIC, the Indiana Historical Society, and the
Indiana Landmarks Society. His friends knew he could always be counted on to
know details about most historical figures and many family vacations became
enjoyable American History tours.
Left to honor Mike
and cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Nancy Oddi Singer;
daughter, Beth Perry (Todd) of Mooresville and grandchildren Megan and Dan;
son, Matthew Frederick (Jacqui) of Chicago and new grandson, Connor. He is
also survived by his brother Mark (Alvina) of Chesterton and sister Mary
Beth Blythe (Stuart) of Lansing Michigan.
Visitation will be
from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. December 29, 2017 at Conkle Funeral Home in Avon, IN. The
Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 11:30
a.m., at the Funeral Home, with additional Visitation from 10:30 a.m. until
the time of the Funeral Service. Interment will be at West Ridge Park
Cemetery at 9295 W 21st St.
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