Michel Eric Vincz was born on January 27, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN. He was one of six children born to a hard-working Hungarian immigrant family. Mike had four brothers and one sister: Albert, Victor, Joseph and a set of twins, George and Ruth. At a young age, the nuns at his elementary school recognized his superior art ability and sent him to the John Herron School of Art.
Mike was very likeable and blessed with an incredible sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh or change from a negative mood to a positive. He joked later in life as his hearing failed him that it was “the Lord’s way of blessing him” that he couldn’t hear what the women in his life had to say.
Upon high school graduation, Mike joined the National Guard Reserve for six years while working as a masonry contractor. Mike always had a love of cars and a passion for speed. He built and airbrushed the artwork on several drag racing cars, traveling all over the country to attend and win various races. Mike went on to win his class in the 1969 Winter Nationals in Pomona, CA.
While displaying his race car at the Indianapolis 500 Motorama, he met and later married Melanie Schubert, with whom he had a daughter, Erika Michelle. Mike continued to build his masonry business then became a General Contractor. His projects ranged from Indiana to Florida.
After Mike & Melanie divorced, he relocated to Lakeland, FL. Every summer, Erika would fly out to spend as much time with her father as possible. Mike’s relationship with Erika was constant, and one he nurtured until the last day of his life. During Erika’s summer visits, she would be put to work carrying hod, laying block and as she matured, even running a jack hammer. Many of his custom homes in Florida were featured in the annual Parade of Homes.
Mike went on to marry two more times and finally relocated to Indianapolis. He and his wife Lynn adopted a daughter, Delia whom Mike loved very much. After this marriage ended, Mike remained close to Delia and his grandson Aiden.
Mike was preceded in death by his father Joseph and his mother Anna, brothers Albert, Victor, and Joseph. He is survived by his brother George and sister Ruth, daughters Erika and Delia and grandsons Jace and Aiden, and long-term girlfriend Sylvia Newkirk.
Memorial service will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory, Harry W. Moore Chapel.