Ralph Vernon Michel, age 83, of Huntingburg, took his last walk in the garden with his maker on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Ralph was born on March 24, 1936, at the family farm north of Dale, to Carl and Nila (Johnson) Michel; and married Doris Carey on September 5, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York.
Ralph was a 1954 graduate of Dale High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955 and was stationed in Germany until 1959. A Certified Public Accountant employed at Buechlein and Associates CPA’S, he was a skilled accountant who enjoyed his job and loved his “Buechlein Family,” as well as their many clients.
Ralph was a member of the Jasper Kiwanis Club and was a Lt. Governor of the Lincoln Division of the Indiana District of Kiwanis for 22 years. He earned many awards and was the Distinguished Lt. Governor of the Division for several years. He also was the Outstanding Lt. Governor of the District for two years.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Earl, Kenneth, Grant, Carl Jr. and Darrell Michel.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris (nee Carey) Michel of Huntingburg; three children, Brian (fiancée, Terri) Michel of Monroe, Ohio, Diane (husband, Brian) Jones of Velpen and Evan (wife, Tracey nee Hunefeld) Michel of Huntingburg; five grandchildren, Emily, Zachary, Alexzandra, Aidan and Jack; one brother, Gene (wife, Lula) Michel of Santa Claus; one sister, Barbara (husband, James) Hevron of Newburgh; and by many nieces and nephews, along with their spouses.
Funeral services for Ralph Michel will be held at 10 a.m., EST, on Friday, February 7, at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial to follow at the Dale Cemetery in Dale. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post No. 2366 Memorial Detail.
Friends may call for visitation at Nass and Son Funeral Home from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, February 6. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jasper Kiwanis Club and Indiana District of Kiwanis Foundation or to Dale Cemetery. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.