John W. Michael
John W. Michael

VAN WERT, Ohio — John W. Michael, 77, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2021, at his residence after courageously battling several health issues. John was born on March 16, 1943, in Van Wert, to the late Harry and Esther (Wortman) Michael.

John enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels that visited his feeders. He and his wife were avid travelers and visited all 50 states. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Phyllis) Michael of Convoy, Douglas (Leeann) Michael of Convoy; daughter, Tamela (Doug) Brown of Van Wert; sisters, Connie (Rock) Taylor of Van Wert, Sandra Caldwell of Van Wert, Janet (Larry) Smith of Illinois, Jean Lippi of Van Wert, Linda (Gary) Etzler of Michigan; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and his beloved cat, Gigi.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen (Lippi) Michael; daughter, Tina Warren as well as one grandchild.

A celebration of John's life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to State of the Heart Hospice. John and his caretaker will be forever grateful for all of their staff going above and beyond with care and kindness.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington St., Van Wert, OH 45891.