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Duane Roland Michel
Service: January 19, 2013
Duane Roland Michel
Duane Roland Michel, age 85, of Watertown, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 3:09PM at the Marquardt Health and Rehabilitation Center (Hospice).
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Watertown Moravian Church. Service at the church is to begin at 3PM with family greetings and refreshments directly after until 5PM. The service will be officiated by Reverend Barbara Berg. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the Marquardt Foundation or to a charity of one’s choice. The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Duane was born March 29, 1927 to Henry and Amanda (Ebert) Michel in Lake Mills; he was one of 8 children. Duane graduated from Lake Mills High School on June 1, 1945. On June 29, 1945 Duane was inducted into the Army, at Fort Sheridan, but within six months the war was over and he was transferred to Camp Campbell and retrained as a personnel clerk; Technician 5th Grade, HQ CO 3rd BN 15th Infantry Regiment. He completed his service in December 1946 and went onto the Coyne Electrical School in Chicago receiving his electrician certification in 1948. He married his beautiful bride, Helen Jane (Copsey) Michel on November 5, 1950 at the Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin; they had 5 children.
Duane and Helen lived the majority of their 60 years together in Watertown. Duane had a long career working for various companies in the local area with his final years at Eaton Corporation retiring in 1992 after 20 years. Duane loved to spend time with his family and friends. Duane was an active league bowler for many years, enjoyed playing cards, golf, and putting puzzles together. He was an avid reader and volunteered his time to many of the local organizations he belonged to such as the Watertown Moose and the VFW. Duane and Helen had been residents of Anna Nitschmann Apartments, Marquardt Village, from 1994 - 2011.
Duane is survived by four children, Terrence (Donna) Michel of Mooresville, N.C., Kathryn Sarnstrom of Hammond, JoAnn (Richard) Thomas of Bisbee, Ariz., Kevin Michel of Milwaukee; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leslie Michel of Marquardt, two sisters, Joretta (Larry) Queiser Watertown, and Judith (Donald) Copsey Abilene, Texas; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen; a son, Lavern; three brothers; Henry Michel Jr., Marlan Michel, Adrian Michel, and a sister Joyce (Roman) Fabiszak.
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