HUTCHINSON – Ronald “Ron” Leon Michel, 67, died Aug. 20, 2015, at Hospice House.
He was born May 11, 1948, in Hays, to Leon G. and Onita Mary (Stanton) Michel. Ron graduated from Belpre-Trousdale High School in 1966 and attended the University of Kansas as a lineman. He was employed for Cobb Cable TV in Great Bend and later became manager of Fredonia Cable TV. Several years later, Ron and business partner, Jerry McClure, purchased Murphy Electric in Fredonia, where they built a successful business. After Murphy Electric, he owned and operated Michel Electric. He worked as a master electrician for KSIR.
During his time in Fredonia, he served as a firefighter for the Fredonia Fire Department. Ron’s hobbies included golf, fishing, camping, hunting, gardening, and cooking.
On Feb. 14, 1992, Ron married Mary Elizabeth Gibson in Hutchinson. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Christopher Michel, Wichita; daughters, Katherine Michel, Wichita; Kirsten Weishaar and husband Brian, Lawrence; stepdaughters, Debra Watters, Boise, Idaho, Tricia Thompson and husband Larry, Lawrence; Tanya Rempel and husband Gregg, Wichita; his mother, Onita Michel-McBride, Haysville; a brother, Ed Michel and wife Gloria, Derby; sisters, Jan Middlemist and husband Mark, Holton; Jeri Meier and husband Dennis, Muskogee, Okla.; sister-in-law, Sharon Michel, Liberal; grandchildren, William Ferguson, Rhiana Ferguson-Beck, Brooke Thompson, Cody Thompson, Jordan Rempel, Jacob Rempel, Kamryn Weishaar; and great grandchildren, Jayden Beck and Billy Ferguson.
Ron was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Tom Michel.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with the Reverend Dr. Kim Biery officiating. Burial will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Farmington Cemetery, Macksville, with Father Warren Stecklein officiating. The family will greet friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Elliott Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS, 67501.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Elliott Mortuary *
1219 N. Main
Hutchinson, KS, 67501
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 23, 2015