2019-02-06 / Obituaries

Donald E. Michel

After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Donald E. Michel, loving husband, father, and brother, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 at the age of 82.

Don leaves his wife Barbara E. (Lamb) Michel of Georgetown, Texas; a son, Charles and his wife Lynda (Duguay) Michel of Rowley, Mass.,; two grandsons, Nicholas Michel of Sommerville, Mass. and Samuel Michel of Biddeford, Maine; two sisters, Shirley (Michel) Jennings of St. Augustine, Fla., and Nancy Michel of Silverdale, Wash.; a sister in-law, Hazel (Goode) Volke of East Greenbush; a nephew, David Waldron and niece, Michele Johnson; several cousins; and his faithful dog, Gracie.

Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara A. (Goode) Michel, mother of Charles.

Don was born on April 17, 1936, in Oneonta, to Charles Albert and Helen (Laux) Michel. He grew up in Walton, attending Walton High School and Hartwick College in Oneonta, where he met his first wife, Barbara A., who attended Oneonta State Teachers College. He was always proud of his Delaware County, New York, heritage. Don worked for many years at the Bendix Corporation in Sidney, followed by positions with Bendix at other facilities. Later in his career, he worked for the EG&G Corporation in Salem, Mass., Miamisburg, Ohio, and Washington DC.

Don married Barbara E. Lamb in an oceanside ceremony in 1991 on Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. After several years they retired happily to Cape Neddick, Maine. During retirement, Don enjoyed being an active grandfather and pursuing a passion for genealogy, exploring and documenting the histories of the Laux and Michel families. Don loved the outdoors and going on fishing trips with his son and grandsons. He always enjoyed being in the woods where he said he felt closest to God.

Don had a great sense of humor. As an example, he joked that he spent over sixty years married to women named Barbara that he lovingly referred to as “Barbara One” and “Barbara Two.” After a decade and a half of Maine winters, he tired of stacking wood and shoveling snow, so he and Barbara moved to Georgetown, Texas, to enjoy the sunshine.

A memorial service and burial are planned for April at Trinity Episcopal Church in Topsfield, Mass., which will be followed by a Celebration of Life in May in Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Austin ( or Hillsdale College ( can be made in the name of Donald E. Michel.

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