Michael A. Halpin, age 47, of Delta, fought a long hard four month battle to the very end, he wanted to stay with his family and love and protect them but God had other plans for this wonderful man and on Wednesday October, 23 he was welcomed into Heaven by his father who passed away when he was just a small boy. The greeting committee he received was filled with his grandparents who loved him dearly; his father–in –law, who was his matching pea in a pod and his little hunting buddy Collin and we’re sure so many others who loved this great man. Mike was a rare find, he loved people with all his heart and wasn’t afraid to stand up to something he felt was wrong. He worked his entire life in the farming industry, in school for a local farmer, then at Delta Farmers Elevator until February of 1994 when he started working for Archbold Elevator and the past couple years at Gerald Grain (formally Archbold Elevator). He was a gifted hunter, who loved the outdoors, if he had a chance to go hunting he took it. Whether it was a Colorado elk hunt, Alabama deer hunt, or just him with his beagles and his boys running rabbits around the corner from home he was happy. He was an amazing shot with a gun or a bow, just put one in his hands and he would prove it to you. He loved his beagles, they were his babies, coming home from work not a day went by he didn’t head straight to the barn to see them. Mike was also a great husband, father and friend. His children never went a day without being told he loved them, he made sure of that. He would do anything for his children and wife if asked, not saying there wasn’t some complaining involved but whatever was asked of him always got done. He had a heart as big as his smile and if you meant something to him he would do anything for you. One call from a friend to help and he was there, whether it be fixing your house, your car, or staying late at work to help a friend so they wouldn’t be there all night. He was just an amazing man to all who know and love him. Now our journey must go on, the void he leaves in the many lives he has touched will forever leave a gap that won’t be filled. We can know that he wouldn’t want us to cry, he would want us to be strong and look into the future knowing he’ll be with us again someday but will watch over us until the day we all see him again and he wraps us his those great big arms and tells us how much he loves and missed us. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Richard Halpin. Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 20 years, Jill (Echler) Halpin; children, Krystle (Dustin) Haas, Brittnee, Cortnee, Caleb, Wyatt and Ethan Halpin; grandson, Hunter Haas; mother, Nancy (James) Frybarger; sister, Sherri (Howard) Hoge; brother, James Frybarger Jr. Friends will be received on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy. 109 in Delta; where a funeral service for Mike will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday. Rev. Rich Young will be officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family, c/o Jill Halpin, to assist with the future education of his children. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com
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