C. Robert Michel, 83

C. Robert Michel, 83, North Manchester, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015,  in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

He was born Aug. 7, 1931, in South Whitley, to Carl E. & Inez P. (Burch) Michel.  On April 16, 1950 he married Joan M. Poer.

He was a retired farmer.  He and his wife enjoyed camping and they spent many winters in Texas.  He loved farming. He also enjoyed horseback riding at Salamonie Reservoir, mowing at Village Hamlet Mobil Home Park and spending time with his family and teasing his grandchildren.  He was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester. 

He is survived by his wife, Joan Michel, North Manchester; two sons, Richard L. (Nan) Michel, North Manchester, and Mark E. (Peggy) Michel, Pierceton; two daughters, Becky S. (Tom) Hendrix, Fort Wayne, and Roberta K. (Edward) Foor, Rochester; two sisters, M. Lavon Behny, North Manchester, and M. Leanne (Jerry) Flinn, North Manchester; 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and four great-step-grandchildren.

One brother-in-law, Gene Behny, and one granddaughter, Amber Michel, are deceased.

Family and friends may call Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, and Wednesday, May 27, 2015 one hour prior to service at the church. 

Service is Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10 a.m. at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester.

The  Rev. Kurt Stout will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.  

For those who wish to honor the memory of Robert Michel, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814 or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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Posted on 2015 May 26