In Memory

Mike Zeiner

June 28, 1948 ~ February 2

Mike was born on June, 28th 1948 in Wichita, KS to Esther Marie Hendrixson and Harold Eugene Zeiner; Mike was blessed with two fathers: his biological (own dad) who passed when Mike was merely 16 months old and Malvern Crawford whom Mike considered his dad; all of which preceded him in death. Mike served in the U.S. Airforce, ATC after graduating from West High School, and then went on to earn two degrees from Wichita State University. A Master Teacher, Mike spent his career in elementary education where he taught in district 259, and then went on to retire from 260. Mike is survived by his aunt, RuthAnn Boes, two sisters, Sheryl Wilson, and Sandy Scranton, a brother, Doug Crawford, a son, Jeff Zeiner, four daughters, Joni Green, Naomi Zeiner, Carrie Weatherby, and Cassandra Zeiner, Grandsons, Nicholas Green, Preshawn Dean, Roman Estrada, Thomas Dibbles, Landon Zeiner, Michael Dibbles, and Granddaughters, Brittni Estrada, Celestine Charles, and Cooper Green. Celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 1st at Antioch Christian Church in Wichita, KS, at 3:00 p.m. with a family visitation one hour prior to celebration. In lieu of flowers please donate to the EDGE program in order to help USD 259 students in need; for more information please contact Mike was a doting Grand{father} and dedicated Plain{s}man who enjoyed all things nature including daily Shinrin-yoku and biking ICT rain or shine. Please join us to celebrate the life of a man whose smile seemed to be meant for anyone receiving it. Share condolences at Services by Broadway Mortuary.


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02/25/19 11:22 AM #1    

Cynthia Shirley (Wynn)

Feb. 25, 2019

I am so saddened today to receive the news about Mike.  He and I taught school together for many years when he was a 4th grade teacher.  We reconnected on Facebook in the past few years, and used to exchange memos almost daily until I closed my Facebook before Christmas.   It is shocking to hear he is gone.  He was such an intelligent person often times I would have him explain things to me, including his own opinions.  I enjoyed his friendship so much.  He was such a unique and unusual person.  So kind.

He didn't show up at the 50th reunion (we had talked about seeing each other there), and a while later he told me he regretted not going, because we were starting to lose some classmates .  We talked about seeing each other at the October mini reunion, and he said he would for sure go because he had recently seen a good friend of his, then his friend passed away suddenly.  It made him realize that he didn't want to miss any opportunities to see old friends.  He went in October, and I didn't make it.  How ironic that he would leave us so soon afterwards.  He wrote me the next day and said he had looked for me there.  I can't even say the regret I feel now.  He really taught me a serious lesson to not take old friends for granted.  

My heart is so full of pain for his youngest daughter who he was so close to.  She must be in such agony at this loss.  I will always hold him dear in my heart.

Cynthia Wynn

02/25/19 03:41 PM #2    

Richard Sanders (Sanders)

It is with great saddeness that I must write this.. My cousin/ "Bro" left us last Wednesday.It was such a shock to get that call. Mike and I grew up like brothers..we did so much together bowled climbed on top of boxcars .. when out home in Cheney..our Grandparents lived across the road..and we got in trouble like most kids. We both had Grandparents in Wichita that we both visited together. Of course We all are hurting and will for a long while..but we had parents and a large family that raised us well.It was always a joy to be together.

WE ( our family )want to Thank All of You. for your comments and helps coming from our West High Family....Sincerely,Richard Sanders

02/25/19 05:06 PM #3    

Cindy Hamby (Stephenson)

Mike was my friend in high school and he was always so nice and so much fun. He always had a smile on his face. Since graduation, he and I have visited by way of the web site. He loved his family so very much and was very proud of them. I am so glad we were able to have a good visit in October. He was the same Mike with a quick smile and so much fun to visit with. He always told me he wanted to write a book. I hope he did. He will be missed.

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