Michael Glen Van Dyke
Michael Glen Van Dyke, 53, of Overland Park, Kansas, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He was born on July 13, 1964 to Clyde and Jo Ellen (Stubbs) Van Dyke in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by three older brothers Philip, David, and Earl.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 4:00pm, Tuesday, May 29, at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210. A visitation will follow the service from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Friends and family are welcome to the home after the visitation to continue honoring his memory.
Michael is survived by his parents of Olathe, his wife, Kim, sons Cody, a U.S. Army Paratrooper, and Logan, an active student at Olathe East. He also leaves other family and countless friends.
Memorial donations may be sent to Olathe Hospice House, 15310 Marion St, Olathe, KS 66061. The family would like to thank Olathe Hospice and Olathe Cancer Center for their sincere care of Michael. Mike’s father had a large influence on Mike, shaping him into an outdoorsman, Boy Scout leader, and shooter. Mike’s mom was always there to support anything that needed to be done. Mike was in Cub Scouts, played football and baseball at the YMCA, he ran and played with the local kids in the neighborhood and spent a lot of time exploring the woods by his house and fishing with his dad.
Mike didn’t advance into Boy Scouts but instead wanted to join DeMolay since they had a rifle team. Mike went through all the ranks of DeMolay and was Master Councilor of the Kennemer Chapter in Grandview, MO for two terms. Mike was also selected as the Kansas City representative for DeMolay and was awarded the Chevalier which is the highest honor that can be awarded to an individual in this order. Mike’s father helped coach the rifle team and would take a station wagon full of teenagers and target rifles to the Bullet Hole Shooting Range every Wednesday night to practice in the basement.
Mike went to Ruskin High School and played trumpet in the concert band. Mike played first trumpet in the 9th grade band when he was only in 7th grade and played 1st trumpet in the concert band in high school. Mike was selected 3 times for Missouri’s All State Band. Mike developed many friendships from high school which have continued to survive today.
After High School Mike went to college at CMSU in Warrensburg, Missouri. He did study some Criminal Justice and Conservation Enforcement.
Mike worked for C.R. Specialty Gun Shop and was asked to come work for them because of his extensive knowledge of firearms, archery, hunting and fishing. Mike worked there for 12 years and during that time Mike gained more knowledge about the firearms industry. He started shooting archery, earning very high rankings in State and National competitions. Mike also shot trap, 5-stand and sporting clays. On top of this, Mike was fishing and hunting almost every weekend. Mike had many hunting and fishing trips going to Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and half dozen states throughout the northwest.
Mike met his wife Kim in 1992 and they married October 22, 1994 and would have celebrated their 24th anniversary this year. They had a chance to travel to France, Switzerland, Italy, and Africa. They visited Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas several times during their marriage along with raising their two beautiful boys.
On July 29, 1996, his first son Cody was born. Mike was very proud of Cody when he became an Eagle Scout and when he enlisted to serve our country in the US Army as a Paratrooper. He is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
On February 22, 2002, his second son Logan was born. Mike was proud of Logan’s outgoing character and the respect he has from his peers and adults that know him. The best times for Mike was watching Logan in the Marching band and cheering him on at Wrestling tournaments.
Mike’s last employer was Hodgdon Gun Powder Company out of Shawnee, Kansas. Mike worked in customer service and attended the NRA show. He also attended some major shooting events, including the Berger Nationals and Camp Perry where Mike wore their colors and shot representing Hodgdon at a high-performance level. This was Mike’s best job ever; since he got to work at a company that treated all the workers fairly and like family.
Mike started out shooting NRA High-Power as a Sharpshooter and quickly earned Expert and then his Master classification. Mike then started coaching a Junior Team at Millcreek Rifle Club. This team consisted of 4 Eagle Scouts including his son Cody. Mike raised money to take the team to Perry 3 times.
On July 13th 2014, Mike earned the Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge #2196 on his 50th birthday and became the NRA Regional Champion. Just a few weeks before that he earned his High Master Classification in Colorado. That October Mike earned his 2nd High Master Classification for Mid-Range.
In 2015, Mike finished 42nd out of 1100 shooters earning the President’s 100 badge, signifying him as one of the top 100 rifle shooters in the country. At the same matches he and his partner were the highest civilian team in the Hearst Doubles, being beaten out only by a few of the professional military teams. Mike also earned a Master Classification in NRA long Range in his very first match that year.
Mike had different groups that he considered friends. He had his high school friends, scouting friends, hunting friends and shooting friends. Of course, his very best friends were his family. Many of these people overlapped from one category to another.
Mike was respected by many and will be missed by all.