Michael Deardorff

Michael Eugene Deardorff

Tuesday, October 13th, 1942 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Arlington – Michael Eugene Deardorff passed away on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.

Celebration of Life: 11 a.m., Sat., July 11, Wade Funeral Home 4140 West Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013
In light of the current situation and being respectfully considerate of people’s safety through this time we will be adhering to Wade Funeral Home’s COVID-19 Protocols. This will include limiting the number of people attending in order to provide safe social distances in the service. Wearing a mask is encouraged. However, we also will be able to welcome any family and friends to join us virtually as we will be live streaming the service and archiving it for later viewing.

Michael was born on October 13, 1942, in York, Pennsylvania to Hilda Oberdick Deardorff and Leroy Deardorff. He lived most of his life in Pennsylvania and moved to Texas to retire near family. He had a sister Marnette Deardorff Sexton and a brother Steve Deardorff. Michael, known as Mike to his friends, graduated from Millersville State College with a BS in Secondary Education. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ruth Reber in October, 1961 and they had two children. His life’s work was in sales and radio management. He was a gifted manager of people, teaching and mentoring with patience and grace. Besides his family, his greatest passion was practicing and teaching the martial art, Taekwon-Do. Mike held a 5th Degree (V Dan) Black Belt and spent years teaching and mentoring students of all ages. He was the respected Senior in his dojang and lived by the Tenets of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. He served in leadership positions in the church community and had a strong faith in God and Country. Words that friends and family have used to describe him include leader, mentor and teacher.

Mike believed that to plant a garden was to believe in tomorrow. His legacy to the world will be the flowers he has planted as he moved across the country. He was a master at building perfectly scaled models of his family and friends’ homes. He loved fishing, camping and traveling the world with his wife, family and friends. Their favorite backpacking treks were into the Gila wilderness in New Mexico. Mike was a family man and was proud of his wife, children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandsons. He was honored to mentor Michael in Taekwon-Do and enjoyed playing golf with Brendan. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Survivors: Wife, Barbara Ruth Deardorff; His children, Scott Deardorff and his wife, Anna, and Christine Conn and her husband, John; Grandchildren, Michael James Conn and Brendan Reber Conn; Siblings, Marnette Deardorff Sexton and Steve Deardorff.

Memorials: In honor of Mike’s great love of the outdoors and animals donations can be made in his name to the League of Animal Protectors (LAP), LAP, P.O. Box 823293, Dallas, TX 75382, a local rescue group that his daughter works with or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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Ann Wofford

Posted at 11:18am
Mr. Deardorff was such a kind and patient Taekwon-do instructor. I only knew him for a short time at the dojang in Midlothian, but his grace, patience, and faith were always obvious. He is well remembered!


Posted at 03:39pm
Mike Deardorff was a wonderful member of the Family Living Class, he and Barb faithful and engaged. The service of remembrance captured the breadth and scope of Mike's rich, robust life. What a blessing to his family and to his church family. While we miss his presence we are grateful for his spirit that cannot be extinguished and will be with us until the end of time! Thank God!
Jim C & Sheri Quick

Marnette Sexton

Posted at 01:05pm
A beautiful service and tribute to my older brother Mike. Mike has been a part of my life longer than anyone else....we were together from the very beginning. I am going to miss my big brother. We will be forever bound together by our wonderful history , beautiful memories and tons of love....until we meet again. My heart is saddened for Barb, Chris, Scott, Brendan and Michael. Sending prayers, hugs, much love.....

Katie Belida

Posted at 11:44am
To my dear family: Barb, Chris, John, Michael, Brendan,
Taylor and I both want you to know we are right here. We love you.
Wrote this collection of memories for Mike, my uncle.

An Uncle of my Own
Growing up overseas, one might think that seeing family somewhat irregularly could leave personalities feeling distant, memories unclear.
This is not so with Mike.
When I think of my uncle I have a flood of sensory recall. The smell of his aftershave (or cologne?) mixed with subtle hints of tobacco and nicotine, that remained even long after he had quit smoking. A smell so similar to my own fathers’; it remains my very favorite, most comforting scent.
I can remember sitting with Mike, in a room under/next to the stairs in the basement of your Philadelphia house...I think it might’ve been his office. He would patiently answer endless floods of my questions. always happy to tell me about his treasures, I particularly remember always wanting to know about the gold necklace he wore, from his mother I believe? He regaled me with tales of fishing in Alaska, wolves or how his pinky came to be shorter than the rest of his fingers!
Mike and I connected over a love of nature. As I think of it now, he helped to guide that love of animals into a deep respect for nature. I remember we would sit beside each other under the umbrella you had on the patio in Philly. We would watch his garden and all the creatures that found sanctuary there.
I remember the water bed! I remember what a kind bean-bag partner he was. I remember the “summertime fireplace” with candles instead of wood. I remember all the videos and popcorn tins you sent us while we were in Africa. I remember a basement and a german shepard on a cream colored rug in your pre-philly house (was it in Texas??). I remember the cat that loved him so. I think it was a tabby?
Most of all, I will remember Mike as the uncle that really felt like my own. My uncle that had an easy warmth about him. My uncle that always made me feel understood and valid, even during my alienated teenage years! I could always be comfortable with him. He just got me. There was always a knowing twinkle in his eye, like we were in on some special secret.
That is how I will always remember him: My uncle Mike, one of my most favorite people in the whole world, with a twinkle in his eye, who smelled like a comfortable, safe place.


Barbara Deardorff Posted at 12:19pm

Dear sweet Katie, thank you for your memories! And yes, we loved your visits everywhere we lived! In Odessa you went to the armadillo races with us, and sat on Uncle Scott’s shoulders to watch! You were the sweet, beautiful cousin/niece that came on behind. Thank you for your memories, I will cherish them.

Alex Belida

Posted at 11:40am
I really valued my friendship with Mike. We both married Reber women. Joining a family as outsiders really cements a relationship. Though we never lived close to one another, we did manage to enjoy the times we did get together. Fishing, golfing, beanbag toss, reunions. Many memories. But none more important than that of Mike as one of the kindest, most thoughtful and courteous people I have ever known. Rest well.

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