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Roman Michels

Roman Michels, 100, of Langdon, ND, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Roman was born on February 12, 1917, on the Michels family farm southwest of Munich. His parents were Hubert and Katie (Athmann) Michels, and he was the seventh child in a family of twelve. He attended Munich Public School, graduating in 1935. He lost his dad in March of that year. Roman worked on the family farm, and on November 10, 1942, he married Muriel Thielen of Clyde whom he met at rollerskating. They farmed three miles southeast of Clyde. Roman was the assessor for Bruce Township for many years and, also, was president of the Clyde School Board. He held that position until their only child, Virginia, graduated in 1964.

In 1964, he and Muriel moved to Langdon, and he worked as a bartender for the Rainbow Lounge, Embers, and Eagles Club. He was then employed by the ABM missile program in both Nekoma and Concrete. He retired in 1988, and he and Muriel spent seven winters in Mesa, AZ. Roman took up golf when he was in his 70’s and enjoyed it very much, playing daily during the summer. He was always an avid pinochle player and spent a lot of time doing so especially during the winter months.

Roman lived alone in Langdon following Muriel’s death on December 23, 2005. He made several trips to Washington state to visit Virginia and family. He became a resident of Maple Manor on May 1, 2017. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Church as well as being a charter member of the Eagles Club and the Devils Lake Elks.

Surviving Roman are his daughter, Virginia (Doug) Doescher and grandsons Grant and Brandon Doescher- all of Auburn, WA; brother-in-law Lawrence Thielen of Mandan, ND and many nieces and nephews. Along with wife Muriel, he is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Norbert, Alphonse, Walter, Arthur, and Edwin; and sisters: Annie Schommer, Lena Nosbusch, Eleanor Schuler, Veronica Schuler, Mathilda Weber, and Regina Hoffmann.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Parish Center in Langdon. Visitation will take place one hour prior to service time at the center. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will take place one hour prior to service time at the St. Alphonsus Parish Center.

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 30, 2017
10:30 AM

St. Alphonsus Parish Center


Visitation will take place one hour prior to service time at the St. Alphonsus Parish Center.

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Virginia, so many years have passed, but the childhood memories are still there. Your parents always were so kind, and my sincere condolences to you and your family. God's speed...

Iona Dease Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to you Virginia, and all the Michels family. Enjoyed seeing Roman in mid Nov. in Langdon. It's incredible that the last surviving family member in a family of twelve children is a male, and 100 years young. Amazing! Warmest Regards, Mardelle Henderson Wehby

Mardelle Henderson Wehby Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

Virginia, Doug & Families We want to extend our condolences in the loss of your dad. He was such a kind man and always fun to visit with. We will keep you and your family in our prayers during this sad time.

Duane & Pamela Schuler Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

I only met Roman a few times. He was always kind and had a great sense of humor, even when Paulette and I visited him this summer at Maple Manor.

Robert Shimer Dec 30 2017 12:00 AM

Four long time friends in one week is too much although we do know that all had good and bad days and we could not hold on to them forever. Someone mentioned Roman and his card playing when passing on the news and the thought flashed through my mind that already he was probably shuffling the cards for another game. My sympathy and prayers to all of you. Rita

Rita Maisel Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

Ginger I am so sorry about your Dad's passing, I always enjoyed going to lunch with you two he was a real gentleman and also a gentle man, he will be missed! You, Doug, Grant and Brandon are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs, June

June Seng Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

Virginia, I'm so sorry to read about your father's passing. I remember both your parents from all the weekend I spent out at your farm. Those are wonderful childhood memories. Please know I am thinking about you and I understand what you are going through. Joanne

Joane Knutson Gerhold Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to your family. I didn't see Roman often but I will always remember his wonderful wit and sense of humor along with his gentle heart. May the memories of this dear man sustain you and grant you peace. Sharon

Sharon Stoks Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father Virginia. I was the outreach nurse with oncology from Altru in Grand Forks, I loved seeing your dads name on our list.. I so enjoyed visiting with him while we waited for the Doctor to come in to see him.. We would visit about you living in Washington State and what you would be doing when you come to visit him in Langdon. I tried to convince him a time or two to ride the train out to Washington with us, to visit with you, as we would come every few months to visit our daughters. He always said NO I am better off here at home... He was such a wonderful gentleman, I know you will miss him..

Phyllis Anderson Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

I send my love to you Virginia. Your dad was so special so all us nieces and nephews. Always in good humor and story. Wrap his love in your heart. Joan St. Martin

Joan St. Martin Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

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