Michael “Mike” James Dunk

July 19, 2023

Michael “Mike” James Dunk, 53, of Thorntown, Ind., died July 19, 2023 unexpectedly in Lafayette. He was born March 11, 1970 in Lafayette to Eldon Clair & Mary Alice (Gartland) Dunk.  He married Angie Smith on May 14, 2011 in Frankfort and she survives.

Mike was a 1988 graduate of Frankfort High School.  He attended Ball State University for 2 years in communications and later transferred to Purdue University to study Turf Science and Agronomy. He was Grounds Superintendent for Coyote Crossing for the past 5 years. He was a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and attended New Hope Church.  Mike was an IU sports enthusiast and enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia, antiquing, and took pride in caring for his lawn and flowers.  He loved traveling and coaching any sporting event that Cannon participated in.  His greatest joy was being with his family.  Mike will be remembered for what a great husband and father he was.

Memorial donations may be made to Western Boone Youth Football or Frankfort Boys and Girls Club.

Visitation and Services

A Funeral Service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.  Pastor Shan Sheridan will officiate.  Friends may visit 2 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Rossville Cemetery. 

Survived by:

Surviving along with his Wife: Angie Dunk of Thorntown are his Sons:  Cannon Dunk of Thorntown and Austin Campbell of Indianapolis; Father:  Eldon (Marcia) Dunk of Florida; Brother:  John David “Dave” Dunk (Marie Bellville) of Michigan; Half Sister:  Dawn; Mother-in-law: Karen Smith of Kirklin; Sisters-in-law: Crystal Wallsmith of Frankfort and Nikki (David) Batt of Delphi; and Several Nieces, Nephews, and a Great Niece.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Dunk and a nephew.


Leave your Condolences

30 Condolences for “Michael “Mike” James Dunk”

  1. Brad July 21, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    Mike and I worked together for two years at Trophy Club. I was his longest lasting assistant there. I still wonder how he put up with me, but I still enjoy the opportunity he gave me to up my game and land at another golf course job I love to this day. Thanks Mike.

  2. Kelli July 21, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    Angie I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Kelli (Hinton)

  3. Kandee Wyayy July 21, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    All I can say is hugs and prayers to all of you. Dave and Marie Don and I are thinking about you. Life takes us in strange directions but make us appreciate each day more. We never know when God will call us.

  4. Theresa Sprague July 21, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    Love you Uncle Mike. You are the big brothers I never had, David and you are a huge part of my early childhood memories. Thank you always.

  5. Ronald Scheffee July 21, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    So very sorry. You have my deepest sympathy.

  6. Patty brumbarger July 21, 2023 at 11:53 pm

    So sorry for your loss Angie, What a shock this is to read. My thoughts and prayers for you and the kids.

  7. Sheila July 22, 2023 at 1:12 am

    So sorry Angie, Prayers for strength and comfort at this time.

  8. Eddie Choe July 22, 2023 at 6:39 am

    I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one.

  9. Dale A Snoddy July 22, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Mike, I remember you so well in Broadcasting class. A pleasant, hard working and fun student who had a great smile. May you rest in peace, Mike.

  10. Janet Lane July 22, 2023 at 7:29 am

    Angie & Cannon, my condolences to you both.

  11. William Cook July 22, 2023 at 7:40 am

    My deepest and sincerest condolences. RIP Mike

  12. LaDawna Roberts July 22, 2023 at 8:39 am

    Angie, I am so sorry you & your son have to go through this. Prayers for all.

  13. Joe Migas July 22, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Knew Mike from Ball State….Great guy then and from what I followed on Facebook, even a better Father and Husband now! Prayers for your entire family.

  14. Tammy Roberts July 22, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Angie, I’m so so sorry to hear about this. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  15. Aunt Debbie & Uncle Tom July 22, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Angie, Austin & Cannon, we are so sorry you all are going thru this! We know he was the best, husband & dad, a wife & sons could ask for. The times we met him & thru his actions we could see the love he had for his family! We know he will guide you all thru this. Our heart felt condolences, prayers & hugs are sent to you & the entire family. We love you very much!

  16. Zenaida Klutzke July 22, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Dunk family and other family and friends as they grieve through this loss. You’re in my prayers.

  17. ROSEMARY CROCKETT July 22, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    Angie I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

  18. Alisha Stevenson-Rountree July 22, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Angie, Shawn and I want to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and your sons’ father. We will be praying for your peace and comfort during this time.. Sincerely, Alisha and Shawn Rountree

  19. Conner July 22, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss Angie Dunk. I heard he was a great guy.

  20. John Hibbert July 22, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    I had the privilege of working with Mike for a couple of years at Coyote Crossing. He demonstrated and shared his knowledge of how to bring a golf course to its full potential. He made vast improvements to our course that are both visible and lasting. As a member, I also had the pleasure of enjoying the fruits of his labor, while at the same time enjoying his friendship. Coyote Crossing is a better place because of Mike and we will dearly miss him.

  21. Keona Stidham July 23, 2023 at 6:11 am

    I am out of state and unable to attend. Know that my heart is with you. So sorry for your loss.

  22. Jonathan Reinert July 23, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Sorry for your loss. His course is beautiful!

  23. Dirk Richeson July 23, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Early morning rounds of golf simply will not be as enjoyable without seeing Mike in the seat of his fertilizer, leaving white tracer bubbles in the pristine fairways and on the greens that made it hard at times to distinguish the ball from the bubbles. I’ll miss pausing between shots to talk and laugh about things that didn’t really matter. I admire the dedication he had for his craft that made Coyote Crossing an outstanding place to have “a good walk ruined”.

    Mike was a great guy, a friend and he’ll be missed.

  24. Curtis July 23, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    Angie so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike at Delaware country club for around 13 years or so. He was a great guy and when he meet you his whole life changed to the good. I still can’t believe this even happened. Prayers to you and your family. I know his life was about you and his sons. God Bless you all.

  25. Steve & Beth Keeney July 23, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May all of your happy memories help to bring you peace. Prayers for all of your family and friends.

  26. Sheila July 25, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers

  27. Steve miller July 26, 2023 at 9:03 am

    I had the privilege of working with Mike while he was my superintendent at Delaware country club in Muncie. In addition to being an excellent superintendent, he was a joy to be around. Angie-My thoughts and prayers are with you and you and your family. He was one of a kind.
    Steve “Doc” Miller

  28. Travis and Gina Sheets July 26, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. Mike and I were in classes together in school, he was always smiling and had a passion for the outdoors. May his zeal for all that is good continue on in his family. Angie may you find comfort in the joy of your love shared.

  29. Cindy McKinniss July 28, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Angie! I know the heartache & pain you are feeling firsthand. The rainbow over the golf course was awesome! Def a sign of peace! Praying God gives you a peace that passes all understanding! You, Austin, & Canon are in my thoughts & prayers! Love you!

  30. Nancy Walker August 7, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    David, I just saw Mike’s obituary online. I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray his wife and sons will find comfort and peace in the many happy memories they shared.

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