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    Michael Eugene Resa, age 45, of Sarcoxie, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

     Michael was born July 14, 1965 at Macon, Missouri to Edward and Delores (Reitz) Resa.  He grew up in Leonard, Missouri and prepared for his career in education by earning an Associate of Arts degree from North Central Community College in 1985, a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Southern State University in 1987, a Masters of Science in Administration-Principalship from Pittsburg State University in 1991, and a Specialist in Education in Administration-Superintendency from Missouri State University in 1998.

    Michael began teaching physical education and coaching boys basketball in 1988 in Golden City, Missouri.  He then went to Hickory County R-1 (Skyline High School), Urbana, Missouri for 10 years where he served as a teacher, assistant principal, athletic director and head boys basketball coach.  During his tenure as head basketball coach, his teams won eight consecutive conference championships, appeared in four district championships, and advanced to two Missouri Final Fours where they place 3rd in 1993 and 2nd in 1995.  He was selected the Missouri 2A Co-Coach of the year in 1995 by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.  He was also chosen to coach in the Missouri Hall of Fame games in 1995.

     In 2000 he embarked on his 11 years as a superintendent - Wheatland R-2, Lamar R-1, and Sarcoxie R-2.  Under his leadership as superintendent, two bond issues were passed that helped improve the quality of education of students.  At Lamar, the district received its first Distinction in Performance recognition by the state of Missouri.  He was a member of the Southwest Missouri School Administrators' Association, Missouri School Administrators' Association, and American Association of School Administrators.

     Always active in his community, Michael was a former Rotarian and served on many boards including the LIFE Foundation, Lamar Country Club, and Southwest Center Excellence for Education.  He was a charter member of Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church in Urbana, Missouri where he served on the church board.  Upon moving to Lamar, his membership was transferred to Lamar United Methodist Church.  He attended First Baptist Church of Sarcoxie.

     An avid outdoorsman, Michael enjoyed golfing, hunting deer and turkey with a bow or gun, or any sports activity that could be shared with his family.  He got much joy out of rooting for the Mizzou Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

     On May 26, 1990, Michael married Sonia Higgins and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are two sons, Kelty Resa and Colby Resa both of the home; his mother and step-father, Delores & James Thrasher, Leonard, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Rose Higgins, Lamar; three brothers, James Resa, Leonard, Missouri, John & wife Angie Resa, Shelbyville, Missouri, and Walter & wife Angela Resa, Oronogo, Missouri; three sisters and their husbands, Shirley & Jim Hunt, Monroe City, Missouri, Sharon & Doug Clemons, Weatherby, Missouri, and Janis & Kevin Lindsey, Sherman, Illinois; a large extended family; and a multitude of respected colleagues and treasured friends.

     Michael was preceded in death by his father, Edward Resa; paternal grandparents, Walter & Leota Resa; and maternal grandparents, Fred & Nadine Reitz.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 23rd, at First Baptist Church of Sarcoxie.  A graveside committal service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Cemetery at Lamar.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, First Baptist Church of Sarcoxie Building Project, or the Michael Resa Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#54 country girl 2012-02-19 18:21
i am very sorry for your loss may god bless you
#53 Lexington, SCKathy & John Watkins 2011-02-28 09:11
Our prayers go out to Sonia and the boys. From what I've read and heard, Michael accomplished much and had a life well-lived. I remember him as a great guy with a competitive spirit...always upbeat and always a team player. Praying that you find comfort and peace in God at this time. (Kathy Watkins-N.S. Class of '83)
#52 Lamar MoJudy Hammons Crockett 2011-02-26 09:22
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my daily thoughts and prayers.
#51 Shelbyville, MORhonda Keller Harrison 2011-02-24 17:59
I went to school with Michael, although I was younger (in Janis's class). I do remember having a PE class with Mike and remebering how skilled and competitive he was in volleyball, and every other type of team activity. I remember him as a fun-loving, upbeat and tireless person and know he deserves a peaceful rest. My deepest condolences to the entire family as you journey forward.

Rhonda K. Harrison
#50 Shelbina,MOJesse & Cynthia Blackford 2011-02-24 17:48
We're sorry to hear about Michael. He was a great classmate. I(Cynthia) always liked Michael, he was fun to be with and all around good guy! God Bless You and Your Family.
North Shelby Class of 1983
#49 Everton, MoLesia 2011-02-24 15:59
Sonia and Family,

I want you to know that Mike was a big part of what shaped the person I am today. I thought so much of him. He was the most amazing coach and a great neighbor. He always set the greatest example for anyone that was around him. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
#48 Anderson, MoLaDonna Wilson McClain 2011-02-23 08:44
Sonia and family,

I was so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I will always remember him as Coach Chuck Williams "right hand man"!! I know he will be missed by many. Your family will be in our prayers and may God Bless You as only he can.
#47 Lamar, MissouriGene & Theresa Davis 2011-02-22 20:27
Sonia and Family...We were very sad to hear about Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#46 Farmington, ArkansasRichard & Jo Marti 2011-02-22 20:01
Sonia, Kelty & Colby,
Jo and I were sad to hear of Mike's passing, after such a long, hard fought battle. Sonia, you and Mike did a great job in raising your boys to be the fine young men that they are today.
May God bless your family in your days ahead. Our thoughts, and prayers will continue to be with you. In Christ Always, Coach Marti & Jo Phil. 4:13
#45 Kansas City, MOTony Huber 2011-02-22 19:21
Coach - it was honor to have been part of your first year of coaching! Even more of a honor to know you as a friend after graduation. May God keep his hand upon your family.

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