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Michael J. Paden

Michael J. Paden, age 66, of Westerville, Ohio died June 19, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness.  He was born on May 10, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of the late Thomas and Frances Paden.  On May 4, 2001 he married Betty Carol McVicker in Cambridge, Ohio.  Together they shared 19 years of marriage.  Mike is survived by his wife, BC; step-daughter, Sarah McVicker; Marjorie MacPherson and family; Diane and Jamie Howe; and many friends and co-workers.  Mike spent his life in service to others through his police work & firefighting, having saved many lives during both careers.  He retired as Deputy Chief of Protective Services at Ohio Health.  Mike was a former Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Office Detective, Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit and he also attended New Mexico Tech incident response school & Allegheny County Police Training Academy.  Mike was a volunteer firefighter for Wintersville, Ohio Fire Department and held a Level 1 firefighter certification.  He was a volunteer of the citizens’ police academy in Grove City, Ohio.  Mike was instrumental in solving many crimes during his career and received many awards for his work.  He was an avid animal lover and especially loved his many rescued cats throughout the years.  He was a kind and generous soul, Michael will be greatly missed and forever remembered.  Memorial contributions can be made to Homeless To Home Animal Rescue and Cat Sanctuary, 1745 Marion Waldo Road, Marion, Ohio 43302 and at

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  • Rosalyn Britton says:

    So sorry for your loss Betty Carol, prayers for you at this difficult time! Bob and I are here if u need anything!

  • Nancy & George Fasic says:

    Betty Carol: we have never met, 25-30 years since we had contact with Michael, enjoyed him in earlier years, his dad and I are cousins. My aunt married George Paden. I visited Tom when he managed hospitals. We are sorry to learn of his passing, but know you have good memories of life with him. Are prayers are for your well being, as
    you settle life and begin a new adventure with out the wind be at your back and fill your life
    sails…. with great things. george & Nancy

  • Jack Muschick says:

    Betty…..Not mentioned in Mike’s obit was the time he worked as a police officer first in Oakmont Boro then in Murrysville, both departments were outside of Pittsburgh Pa. I worked with Mike in Murrysville until he left for the detective position with the county and I was sorry to see him go. I lost touch with him when he eventually left for Ohio. I tried to find out where he was living but nobody seemed to know. He was a good cop one of the best I ever worked with and a even nicer guy.
    My deepest condolences.

    Jack Muschick
    Murrysville PD Retired.

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