Obit: Harold Francis Michels

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Harold Francis Michels, 63, of Minot, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Trinity Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 12 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 707 16th Ave SW, Minot.Visitation is Sunday, August 11 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with prayer service and Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot Burial will be  Monday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake, N.D.

Harold and his twin, Gerald were born on June 1, 1950, in Devils Lake, N.D., the sons of Alphonse and Frances (Nosbusch) Michels.

Harold and his twin brother began school at the Ann Carlson School in Jamestown, N.D., when they were just 4 years old. He was a resident of the school from 1954 until his graduation in 1972.  Harold attended Lake Region Jr. College for one year before moving to Grand Forks, N.D. and attending UND where in 1984, he received a degree in Social Services and a minor in Rehab Services. Upon graduation Harold returned to Devils Lake where he resided until 1997, when he moved into Accessible Spaces Apartments in Minot.  In 2007, Harold moved to Trinity Homes.  He was very involved in the disabled community in ND and was instrumental in the UND Campus becoming accessible to the handicapped students.   

Harold was very proud of his friendship with Mel Tillis.  Mel and Harold met in 1976, at the ND State Fair in Minot, where Mel brought sparkle and meaning back to Harold’s life.  The two have continued their friendship all these years.

 Harold was very close to his family and thankful for all of his caregivers he’s had over the years.

Harold is survived by his twin brother, Gerald (Debby); nieces, Lisa, Amy, and Kristin; and two great nephews, Dryden and Weylin.  

Harold is preceded in death by his parents.

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Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, is in charge of arrangements.