ALVA, Okla. — Born Aug. 21, 1937, in Great Bend, the son of H.E. “Mac” Michaelis and Bernice (Lipprand) Michaelis, Gilbert Michaelis passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017, at the age of 79. He now joins his wife, Roberta Joan Michaelis who passed away Sept. 4, 2004.
Gilbert grew up in Russell and Great Bend, graduating from Great Bend Senior High School and then entering the United States Air Force. He and his wife, Roberta, settled in Alva, Oklahoma and raised their family. Gilbert owned and operated Mid Continent Insurance Agency until his death. He was an active aviator and Mason.
He is survived by Dale and Kathye Michaelis of Oklahoma City, Okla., Mike and Dana Michaelis of Argyle, Texas, B.J. and Sheila Michaelis of Parker, Colo., and Patricia Michaelis of Tulsa, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, Misty, Alan, Adrienne, Derek, Austin, Brandon, Michaela, Devin, Jared, Baxter, and Garret; and six great-grandchildren, Beckett, Reese, Declan, Telesa, Raven, and Jaden.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the Alva First Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Ruwaldt officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Northwestern OSU Foundation Roberta Michaelis Memorial Scholarship at https://my.nwfoundation.com or the Alva Masonic Lodge.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Wharton Funeral Chapel*
1302 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 18, 2017