Mitchell “Mick” Eugene Lankford 78, of Terre Haute, passed away on February 11, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 6th, 1941 in Terre Haute, Indiana to James Lee Lankford & Hermine “Bays” (Lankford) Corbin. He enlisted as a United States Marine in June of 1958, at the age of just 17 years old. He served until March of 1962. He then transferred to the Marine Reserves until June of 1964. He was a local business owner of Lankford Excavating, LLC along with his three sons. He was a race car hobbyist, avid mushroom hunter & above all, a loyal family man. He married the love of his life, Glenda Louise Stark on December 16th, 1961 in Las Vegas, NV. It was at that point that he gained another family in her’s and would soon after start their own family. Together, they would raise 3 sons, move across country, and before you know it, become grandparents – and even great-grandparents enjoying all that life has to offer.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Glenda Lankford of Terre Haute; a son, Terry Lankford (Linda) of Terre Haute; a son, Donald Lankford (Gaynell) of Terre Haute; Robert Lankford (Becky) of Terre Haute; a granddaughter, Ashlea Garofola (Aaron) of Louisville, KY; a granddaughter, Terri Ocheltree (Kyle) of Terre Haute; a grandson, Donnie Lankford of Terre Haute; a grandson, Mitchell Lankford of Terre Haute; a granddaughter, Brittany Fagg (A.J.) of Terre Haute; all of his great grandchildren, Mackenna, Allayna, Mason, & Landon Garofola; Ava Ocheltree; Macie Lankford; Kinley, Kamden, & Kolson Fagg; & Don and Gaynell Lankford’s children and grandchildren; half-brother Paul Corbin of Terre Haute; sister in law, Thelma Reynaga (Peter) of Encinitas, CA; brother in law, Terry Stark of Carlsbad, CA; and several nieces and nephews that remained close to his heart.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his mother in law, Hannah (Stapley) Ferguson; father in law, Ralph Ferguson; stepmother, Bettie Lankford; sister Sharon Vorhees; and half-brother James Lee Lankford, Jr.
Mick was loved & respected by all who knew him and his legacy will live on through his family. His wish was to be cremated. A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15th at DeBaun Springhill Chapel from 3-4 pm and a celebration of his life immediately following at 4pm. Online condolences may be made at www.debaunfuneralhomes.com.
We all love you, Poppy Mick – until we see each other again. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -A.A. Milne.
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