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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • OBIT: Wilfred Michels

  • Wilfred Michels, 78, of Langdon, ND, formerly of Calio and Munich, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Langdon.


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  • Wilfred Michels, 78, of Langdon, ND, formerly of Calio and Munich, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Langdon.
    Funeral services will be Friday, February 11 at 2 p.m. at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon with Interment in Trier Cemetery, Calio, ND.
    Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday, February 10 at the Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon.
    Wilfred was born February 16, 1932 to Peter and Veronica (Spillman) Michels on the family farm near Calio. He grew up in the Calio area and attended school there. He began working with his brother Aloys on Aloys’s farm near Calio. He went on to work at the Cando Implement and Chevrolet Dealership in Cando.
    Wilfred was married on November 6, 1971 to Joanne Forseth. To this union, one daughter, Lisa, was born. The family lived in Calio where he managed a bulk station (later Farmer’s Union Oil Company). He then worked at Standard Oil in Munich. Wilfred began working at D & B Motors in 1990. Wilfred and Joanne were divorced in 1992, and he moved to Langdon.
    He retired from D & B Motors in 2005.
    Wilfred enjoyed tinkering and could fix anything. He loved to fix cars, work on his home, and work out in his yard and garden. He also enjoyed visiting with his friends and meeting them for coffee. He was a Honorary Life Member of the Devils Lake KC Council.
    Wilfred is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Clay) Bales of Austin, TX; step-children, Jodi (Charles) Houseworth of Kingwood, TX and Jerry Ausey of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Faith Olson and Conner Bales; step-granddaughter, Mandi Houseworth; sisters, Evelyn Stoxen of Safford, AZ, Irene (Ed) Lothspeich of Dickinson, ND, Madeline (Don) Mootz of Lakota/Devils Lake, ND; special friend, Joy Koropatnicki of Langdon; and numerous extended family members.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Bertha (Bill) Schneider, Mary (George) Rohde, Aloys (Clara) Michels, Matilda Michels, Anthony “Tony” Michels, Leonard Michels, Leo Michels, Rose Ann (Fred) Phillips, and Ernest (Lois) Michels.
    Brooks Funeral Home, Langdon, is in charge of arrangements.
     
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