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.