Mike is a native of Poplar Bluff and graduated from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1983. After working for several funeral homes around the state, Mike settled in Jefferson City in 2002, where he owned and operated the Thomas & Sons Service Company. In 2008, Mike and Pam purchased Morton Chapel in Linn and Chamois. In 2013 Mike and Pam Purchased Sassmann's Chapels in Belle and Bland.
Mike attends St George Catholic Church and is presently the Grand Knight of Linn Knights of Columbus Council 4838, a 4th Degree Knight who serves on the honor guard as well as a member of the Linn Lions Club. Mike is also the President of the Linn Public Cemetery Board and serves as the Osage County Deputy Coroner.
Mike and Pam have two sons, Blake and his wife Jennifer, along with their daughters, Reagan and Lilly who reside in Poplar Bluff. Their other son Preston lives in Des Moines,IA. and attends Des Moines University where he is studying to become a doctor. Mike and Pam also have two cocker spaniels, Quincy and Samantha.