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Funeral services to celebrate the life Gilbert Michaelis, 79, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Alva First Baptist Church. The Rev. Chris Ruwaldt, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be at Alva Municipal Cemetery. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Family Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Wharton Funeral Chapel.
Born August 21, 1937, in Great Bend, KS, the son of H.E. "Mac" Michaelis and Bernice (Lipprand), Michaelis passed away peacefully on July 12, 2017 at the age of 79. He now joins his wife, Roberta Joan Michaelis, who passed away September 4, 2004.
He is survived by Dale and Kathye Michaelis of Oklahoma City, Mike and Dana Michaelis of Argyle, TX, B.J. and Sheila Michaelis of Parker, CO, and Patricia Michaelis of Tulsa, OK; eleven grandchildren, Misty, Alan, Adrienne, Derek, Austin, Brandon, Michaela, Devin, Jared, Baxter, and Garret; six great-grandchildren, Beckett, Reese, Declan, Telesa, Raven, and Jaden.
Gilbert grew up in Russell and Great Bend, Kansas, graduating from Great Bend Senior High School and then entering the United States Air Force. He and his wife, Roberta, settled in Alva, OK, and raised their family. Gilbert owned and operated Mid Continent Insurance Agency until his death. He was an active aviator and Mason.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Northwestern OSU Foundation Roberta Michaelis Memorial Scholarship at https://my.nwfoundation.com or the Alva Masonic Lodge. Condolences may be made online at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com.
Published on July 15, 2017
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