Arthur George Michel, proud father, loving husband and World War II veteran, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw at the age of 86.
Art was born in Detroit the son George and Catherine (Boll) Michel on Feb. 26, 1926.
United States Army and served in the European Theater. He was a proud member of the 87th Infantry Division and served as a member of that division during the Battle of the Bulge in the harsh winter of 1944 and 1945. For wounds suffered in action, Art was awarded the Purple Heart with bronze oak leaf clusters, he was also a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge; his unit was also awarded with a Presidential Unit Citation. He was honorably discharged from active duty in December of 1945 and like the many thousands of others who served proudly he returned to civilian life. Art went to work for the Chrysler Corporation becoming a skilled sculptor aiding in the design of Chrysler products for more than 33 years.
In May of 1947, Art married Eugenia Bora the two were happily married for more than 50 years and together raised two children. Eugenia preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 1998.
On Jan. 4, 2003, he married the former Arline Wolfsberger-Petkus in Indian River and she survives.
Art's family will forever remember a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather. A dad who was never too busy to spend time with his children, maybe a fishing trip out on Lake St. Clair or helping with scouting events or even a Sunday ride in the car. A man who gave generously of his time, Art made 130 trips as a volunteer driver helping to transport children to Shriners Children's Hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago in his retirement. Art was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he served for many years as state chaplain, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Combat Infantryman's Association. He was an avid member of the Indian River Sportsman's Club, where he also taught hunter safety classes.
Art is survived by his loving wife, Arline, and by his children, Maureen Michel-Jordan and Dennis Richard Michel. Also surviving are his grandsons, Timothy, Matthew and Daniel Michel.
A private family gathering took place at Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.
Friends wishing to honor Art's memory with a charitable contribution are asked to consider Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607, Attention: Development office. Donations may also be made online at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Family and friends are welcome to share memories or offer condolences online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.