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Obituary – Mike Janeway




Mike Edwin Janeway was born on August 1, 1944, in Maryville, TN. He was the son of Oscar Wiley Janeway and Mildred Montgomery Janeway. Mike’s involvement with horses began when he was an infant, because his grandfather, James Calvin Montgomery, always had horses.

Mike began showing horses when he was 13 at the Knoxville Fairgrounds Horse Show. He began his professional career working at Stock Creek Stables in Knoxville, working with Tennessee Walking Horses. Then he worked for Mullins Stables in New Market.  He then opened his own stable in Knoxville in 1974. Mike moved to Murfreesboro in 1978 with his own stables. He liked this better, because he was right in the middle of the Walking Horse Capitol of the World. His son, Alex, was born in Murfressboro. 

In 1985 Mike was selected by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture to take two Tennessee Walking Horses to China to be used by the people of Inner Mongolia for breeding purposes.  

Mike met Ella Kline in 1991 when Mike was shoeing horses for a friend. Ella had a stables in Robbins, TN, where she and her dad, C. L. Kline, had operated the Kline Farms for years.

On December 31, 1999, Mike and Ella married and began operating Kline Farms together. They loved everything about the Walking Horse business. They put in long hours, whether at the actual stables, traveling to and from shows, and showing horses.

Mike worked tirelessly with many young people in the local area to help them see the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals. These young people have self-confidence, because of many of these experiences in riding and showing horses.

Some of Mike’s proudest accomplishments were when “Cash’s Fatal Attraction” won World’s Championship in 2010 at TWHNC, he won futurity at National Walking Horse Celebration with “Name This Tune” in 2012, and won the Walking Horse National Celebration with “Bruce Pearl” in 2017.

Mike was predeceased by his parents: Oscar and Mildred Janeway.  

He is survived by his wife: Ella Kline; his son: Alex Philip (Lynn) Janeway; his brother: Stanley (Brenda) Janeway; sisters: Helen Janeway (Tom) Stanley and Mary Janeway (Gregg) Hawkins; 4 nephews; a great niece; 3 great nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Friends may visit with the Janeway family on Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Barton Chapel Congregational Church in Robbins, TN, with Bro. Tom Stanley and Bro. Stevie Laxton officiating, and speakers: Bobby LeConte and David Walker. Music will be provided by the Church Choir.

Committal service will follow in the Kline Family Cemetery in Robbins, TN.  

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