RUSSELL — Herbert James Michaelis, 98, died Dec. 26, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1913, on the family farm southeast of Russell, he was the son of Honis and Mollie (Strecker) Michaelis. In 1931 he graduated from Russell High School. On Aug. 11, 1946, he married Eva M. Milberger at the Methodist Church in Russell. He joined the staff of L. Banker Mercantile in 1933 where he was employed for 43 years until 1976, retiring as manager of the shoe department.
Mr. Michaelis served in the 10th Tank Battalion of the Fifth Armored Division in Europe during World War II, serving from 1942 through 1945. Also, he served as Methodist Youth Fellowship sponsor. He was also active in Methodist Men and was named a Fellow of the Society of John Wesley in April 2010. He was active in the Noon Kiwanis Club and served as its treasurer for a number of years. He was instrumental in organizing a volunteer Hospice in Russell in 1985. He served on the Russell Recreation Commission from 1964 through 1984, including as chairman his last six year of service. He coached and managed the Banker’s sponsored Babe Ruth baseball team from 1968 until 1973. He participated in league bowling in Russell for four decades.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Davis of Lawrence, Patricia Michaelis of Topeka, and Barbara Michaelis of Hays; a grandson; and a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife Eva; and two brothers, Albert Leroy (Roy) and Clarence Marvin (Mick).
Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Trinity United Methodist Church of Russell with the Reverend John Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Memorials have been established at the Trinity United Methodist Church, for either the Herb Michaelis Memorial or Youthville at Dodge City in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary and Monuments
610 N. Maple
Russell, KS 67665
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Dec. 29, 2011