Myler Glenn (Mike) Crooks, 87, of Shawnee, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at a local nursing home.

Myler Glenn (Mike) Crooks, at the age of 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in a local nursing center.

He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Evansville, Indiana. At the age of 2, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, with his parents Myler G. and Ella Crooks, sister Barbara Crooks, and grandparents, where he attended school, graduating from Royal Oak High School in January 1949.

Services will be Thursday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at Living Love Christian Center, with Rev. Mark Guinn officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.

In February 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for three years with his first assignment at Sheppard Field in Texas and then to Japan and Korea. Over the years he would alternate between civilian life and military tours of duty in Okinawa, Vietnam, Thailand, Tennessee, Kansas, Virginia and Oklahoma. Portions of his military life was with the Air National Guard, retiring in December of 1990 as a M/SGT with a total of 32 years of service.

Mike worked at Tinker Field as a machinist for over 10 years retiring in 1992. He then worked part time for several years as an aircraft instructor at Gordon Cooper Technology Center at the John Bruton Location.

On Feb. 19, 1967, he was married in Shawnee to his true love, Mary M. Butts Yott. On Feb. 14, 1969, they became adoptive parents to a month-old darling baby girl they named Holly Darlene Crooks.

In 1974, the Crooks family moved back to Shawnee from Virginia and have resided here since that time.

For over 30 years, Mike and Mary were members of Downtown Pentecostal Holiness Church, later attending Praise Assembly, Oak Park Church of God, and the past seven years at Living Love Christian Center and were active in all the Churches, Missions, Royal Rangers, Teaching Sunday School and Senior Ministry was what Mike loved.

The world has lost a wonderful man and heaven has gained a true child of God.

He was preceded in death parents; sister: Barbara Lowe; father and mother-in-law: Reuben and Bernice Butts; brothers-in-law: James, Clinton, and Johnny Butts, George Meneely and Jack Dean; sisters-in-law: Alma D. Butts Levin and Mary Ann Butts; niece April Meneely; and other family members.

Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Mary M. Crooks of the home; daughter: Holly Cathey and husband Tim; two grandchildren: Carson and Ashley Cathey; nephew: Mike Lowe and wife Pattie of Fulton, Mississippi; sisters-in-law: Verna Dean and Rosa Meneely; brothers-in-law: Bill Butts and Paul Levin; nieces: Crista Butts and Annetta Hackler; nephews: Andy and Chris Meneely, Dale and Jeff Dean; and other family members and many friends.