Obituary Notice: Willard James “Jim” Michaels

20140328_111809758_0Willard James “Jim” Michaels, 79, of Glen Richey went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1934 in Kerrmoor, the son of the late Howard and Vivian (Remaley) Michaels.

He was a 1953 graduate of Curwensville Area High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He also was a life-time member of the Glen Richey Fire Co., Curwensville VFW, Eagle’s Ridge Golf Course and the Curwensville American Legion.

He retired from Major Smith Foods of New Holland in April of 1997. He was previously employed by Clearfield Cheese Co., Lezzer Lumber, International Paper and Union Carbide in Niagara Falls, NY.

He’s survived by his wife, Lona (Borst) Michaels, whom he married Sept. 26, 1958 at the New Millport Methodist Parsonage; two sons, James A. and his wife, Joy of Curwensville and Bryan of Glen Richey and a daughter, Kristi Heichel and her husband, Brad of Smoke Run.

He’s also survived by five grandchildren, Patrick, Philip, Eric and Rachel Michaels and Jordan Heichel; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Maci Michaels of Curwensville; four brothers, Wallace and his wife, Gaye of West Seneca, NY, Robert and his wife, Beverly of Glen Richey, Dorce and his wife, Carole of Curwensville, Gary and his wife, Janet of Hepburnia; and two sisters, Betty Test and her husband, Duane of Curwensville and Sally Barrett and her husband, Alvin of Clearfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Michaels in 2005.

Honoring Mr. Michaels’ wishes, there will be no public visitation. There will be a memorial service announced at a later date.

The Bennett & Houser Funeral Home Inc. of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Glen Richey Fire Co., 86 Firehouse Rd., Glen Richey, PA 16837, Clearfield Hospice-Circle of Friends, P.O. Box 992, Clearfield, PA 16830 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

To send online tributes, go to www.bennettandhouser.com or www.mem.com.

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