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December 6, 1957 ~ March 9, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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John was born in Salinas, California in December of 1957. Born to military parents, he lived overseas and then resided primarily in the San Antonio, Texas area. John began his flight attendant career with Trans World Airlines. He eventually moved to Michigan to care for his mother and settled in Luna Pier where he continued his flying career with Delta Airlines.
John was a caring and loving person who would do anything and everything for you by "taking over” and running with whatever, you needed. If you were to ask him a question, no matter what the content, he would research it to the end and hand you over the result just to make you happy and to resolve your problem. John loved nature, fishing, the sights and sounds of living on the shores of Lake Erie and his purple martin songbirds. He was passionate about food and cooking, as well as a talented songwriter. John had an immense love for guitars, an affinity for London and exploring new places, and there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with and caring for those he loved. He was a born caregiver and an extraordinary tour guide. As a friend, or as a new hire flight attendant, he would take you under his wings and exuberantly show you all of the must-see sights in any location you were in and share with you all of his favorite local passions. John would carry home with him, through customs, special treats; candies, cookies, scones, cheeses, unique to the area he visited to share with his family, friends, and neighbors. Not only would he bring treats to his mother, but he would also bring enough to share with everyone in her assisted living home. When home grown Michigan corn-on-the cob was in season, he would ship crates full of corn to his fathers' friends in Alaska because they loved it and could not buy it in Alaska. As his friend, you could never mention to John that you wanted or needed anything because it would show up shipped to your doorstep. John could always talk to you about anything and everything. His curiosity, kindness, generosity and “spunk” was what made John special to those who loved him.
John leaves behind two nieces, Kristen Gilberti Stevens (Brandon) and Aimee Gilberti Drobish (Brennan), both residing in Louisiana. A cousin, Connie Smith, Hemlock, Michigan and a family of cousins, aunts, and uncles. His best friend, Lori Tammaro, Ohio.
He was predeceased by his father, Daniel L. Michels, his mother, Pauline Kricher Michels, and his sister, Dr. Kimberly Ann Michels LeGrange.
Private services were held for family and friends of the family.
Habegger Funeral Services is honored to serve the Michels family. We encourage you to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.habeggerfuneralservices.com.