Ronald “Ron” Leon Michel


Ronald “Ron” Leon Michel, 67, died Aug. 20, 2015, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. 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 in Fredonia. Several years later, Ron, along with 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 then became a master electrician for KSIR. During his time in Fredonia, he served as a volunteer on the Fredonia Fire Department. Ron was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, gardening and cooking.

On Feb. 14, 1992, Ron married Mary Elizabeth Gibson in Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include: son, Christopher Michel of Wichita; daughters, Katherine Michel of the Wichita area, Kirsten Weishaar and husband Brian of Lawrence; stepdaughters, Debra Watters of Boise, Idaho, Tricia Thompson and husband Larry of Lawrence, Tanya Rempel and husband Gregg of Wichita; grandchildren, William Ferguson, Rhiana Ferguson-Beck, Brooke Thompson, Cody Thompson, Jordan Rempel, Jacob Rempel, Kamryn Weishaar; great-grandchildren, Jayden Beck and Billy Ferguson; mother, Onita Michel-McBride of Haysville; brother, Ed Michel and wife Gloria of Derby; sisters, Jan Middlemist and husband Mark of Holton, Jeri Meier and husband Dennis of Muskogee, Okla.; and sister-in-law, Sharon Michel of Liberal. Ron was preceded in death by his father and 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. Family will greet friends from 1 to 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.

One killed, one hurt in crash near Jetmore

By Reggie Wilson
KWCH – August 28, 2015

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One person has died, another is in a Wichita hospital after a crash in Western Kansas late Thursday.

The crash, involving a semi and a car, happened at around 10:00 p.m. on Highway 156 between Jetmore and Hanston.

The driver of the truck was flown to a Wichita hospital for treatment. That person’s condition is not known.

Parts of the highway were closed in that area overnight, but reopened Friday morning.

No word yet on what caused the crash.

Regional rescue team training Saturday

Hays Daily News – August 28, 2015

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, the Northwest Kansas Regional Rescue Team will be conducting a search-and-rescue training exercise at the Hess Services plant, 230th Avenue and Feedlot Road. The exercise will simulate the coordinated search of a wide area and the rescue of trapped persons after a tornado strike.

The Northwest Kansas Regional Rescue Team is operated by the Hays Fire Department and is cooperatively staffed by specially trained firefighters from the Ellis County Rural, Ellis, Victoria and Hays fire departments. The team serves the 18 counties in the northwest region of the state providing building collapse, confined space, trench cave-in and high-elevation rescue services.

In addition to the Hays Fire Department, the Ellis County Rural Fire Department, Ellis County EMS and Ellis County Emergency Management will be participating in this exercise to simulate a full emergency response.

The members of the regional rescue team would like to thank Hess Services for its cooperation and assistance in conducting the exercise.

Truck fire at Fifth Ave. and Main

By Dalton Carver
Winfield Courier – August 28, 2015

Photo by Dalton Carver

Photo by Dalton Carver

A truck caught fire on Fifth and Main while waiting for a train to pass Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries, according to Lt. Chad Gordon of the Winfield Police Department.
The train forced the fire department and WPD to find other ways around the railroad tracks and blocked traffic all the way to Ninth Avenue.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at the time of this release.

Newton Fire/EMS accepting applications

The Newton Fire/EMS Department is accepting applications for the positions of Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong moral and ethical foundation, the ability to work as a member of a closely knit team, above-average communication skill, and exceptional problem-solving ability.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of Newton Fire/EMS, you may view the job description, salary range, and application requirements, as well as complete an application here.

One person dead after officer involved crash in KCK

By Kathy Quinn
FOX 4 News – August 28, 2015

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One person is dead after an accident Thursday night that involved an officer in KCK.

Police say the accident happened near 7th and New Jersey around 10:30 p.m

According to police, the officer was headed as backup to a call of an impaired driver. As the officer was traveling down 7th Street he crashed into the passenger side of a Honda Civic that was turning left into an apartment complex. The Honda Civic was not the vehicle involved in the original call the officer was headed to.

A man sitting in the passenger side of the Honda died from his injuries, police say. The female driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Because the accident involves a KCK officer, the Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation. The Highway Patrol says there was an open bottle of liquor in the Honda and the driver admitted to being intoxicated.

Fuel spills into pond after 6th & Gage wreck; HazMat team responds

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – August 27, 2015

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A midday wreck involving a car and a flatbed truck sent one person to the hospital and brought in HazMat teams to clean up spilled fuel, according to the Topeka Police Dept.

The crash happened just after noon on Thursday at the intersection of 6th Street and Gage Blvd., police said. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police did not say which vehicle that person was in.

The Topeka Fire Dept.’s HazMat crew responded after dozens of gallons of gasoline poured into a storm sewer and a nearby pond, police said.

Crews are still on the scene as of 1:30 p.m., collecting and securingthe contaminated material.