May 22, 1956 ~ March 21, 2020

Born in: Rushville, IN
Resided in: Muncie, IN

Michael “Mike” Jordan, 63, of New Castle, passed away on March 21, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born May 22, 1956 to Ray and Bettie (Russell) Jordan in Rushville, In. Mike spent the majority of his life in Anderson, IN, where he was a 1974 graduate of Madison Heights High school. He served in the United States Army from 1979-1981. Mike worked the majority of his life as a Welder and Auto & Heavy Equipment Mechanic for several companies, including R.A. Reilly, Rhino Trucking, Rangeline Auto Parts, Mofab and several others.  And as the owner/operator of Jordan Excavation where Mike was nicknamed by family and friends as “Mike the Mastodon Man” due to his discovery of a Mastodon skeleton near Alexandria, In. The jaw of the Mastodon remains on display at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.  In addition to his career, Mike was a loving father to 1 son and 4 daughters.

Mike was preceded in death by his son, Michael Ellis Jordan, II, his parents, Ray and Bettie Jordan, and brother Rex Jordan.

Mike is survived by his sister Debra Bushong, brother Richard Jordan (Terri), 4 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 8 grandchildren, Amie Dailey (Jeremy), Kelly Minderman (Michael), Corrie Jordan, and Sierra Jordan. And 5 grandsons, Dustin Tomlinson II, Parker Jordan, Carter Minderman, Cohen Calfee, Mason Minderman and 3 granddaughters, Justice Dailey, Brooklynn Dailey, Emilee Dailey and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

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  1. Very sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. He was one of the enjoyable students I encountered in my early teaching career. Sincere condolences to his family.

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