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In Loving Memory of Raymond Michel (1920 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Reverend Raymond Andrew Michel, “Ray”, of Beavercreek, OH passed away peacefully at his home on October 18, 2018, the morning of his 98th birthday.

He was a graduate of Carrick High School, class of 1938, in Pittsburgh, PA, received an BA from Earlham College, class of 1948, in Richmond, IN, a BD from Bangor Theological Seminary, class of 1951, in Bangor ME. He was ordained as a minister in 1949 and pastored churches in Campbellstown and Covington, OH in the 1950s. He was a social worker in Elyria, OH during the late 50s and early 60s but returned to the ministry in 1965 at both Eldorado Universalist Church in Eldorado, OH and First Universalist Church in New Madison, OH. He retired from there in 1992 and moved to Riverside, OH. He then began attending Hawker United Church of Christ in Beavercreek, OH where he led a Men’s Discussion Group and did supply pastoring and weddings there and in western Ohio for many years after retiring. He loved and was loved by all of these church families.

Throughout his life he loved discussing and debating religion, working with church youth, umpiring girl’s softball, and refereeing basketball. He was also a champion during the civil rights movement and took a firm stand against discrimination. Ray always had a positive outlook and tried to brighten the day of everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was born on October 18, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA and was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond George Michel and Margaret Broeker Michel, his sister Velma Michel Masiker, his beloved Aunt Ida Broeker who lived with his family while he was growing up, his first wife Ruth Hahnel Michel, and his second wife Mary Beth Johnson Hedrick Michel.

His survivors include his sons Gerard Michel M.D. and Terence Michel of Pittsburgh, PA, his daughter Judith Turner of Amherst, OH, his stepson Joe Hedrick of Haverhill, MA, and stepdaughter Nan Bilotta of Troy, OH. His children’s spouses or partners, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren, a niece and two nephews and their spouses and children also survive him. He lived the last fifteen years of his life with Grace Wilcox, his devoted partner and caregiver. Grace’s family also became an extended family for Ray that dearly loved him and was loved by him.

Ray donated his body to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Hawker United Church of Christ, 1617 North Longview St, Beavercreek, OH on November 10 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Hawker UCC Memorial fund or to Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association, 24 Farnsworth St., c/o Judy Welles, President, Boston, MA 02210.

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