In Memoriam

Paul Michael

1/83d Artillery

Rest in Peace

Lest We Forget

Paul Michael (Deceased 3/27/2020)

Veteran of "SVC" Battery, 1/83rd Artillery 1967-1968.

Paul Y. Michael, age 72, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2020. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Marvin and Merle Michael and the family moved to Bloomington, Indiana when he was 10 years old. Paul remained lifelong friends with the 5th grade classmates he met that year at University Elementary School, going on to graduate together as University High School's class of 1965.

At age 20, Paul served in the US Army including a tour in Vietnam. Upon his return, Paul enrolled at Indiana University and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration. Much of his career was spent as a clothing buyer for major department stores. He had a meticulous and commercial eye for discovering the next big trends in both men's & women's fashion, as well as interior design.

Paul married Jeanine in 1983 and spent the first several years of marriage taking adventurous road trips around the U.S. In 1989, Paul accepted a job with Gilmore's in Kalamazoo where he and Jeanine settled down with their young family. His two daughters Claire (born 1988) and Ally (born 1990) whom he treasured dearly were his greatest joys in life. He could always be found cheering loudly at their soccer games, serving proudly on the PTA, taking family trips to Lake Michigan, and singing along to the Cool 101 oldies with his girls. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, and staying up to date on all developments in the world of sports, having been an IU and Michigan State fan. Everyone who knew Paul or crossed his path, even if it were brief, will remember his kind and compassionate spirit, witty sense of humor, and storytelling abilities.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved daughters Claire and Ally Michael, and their mother Jeanine (Burns) Michael; his brother Richard M. Michael (Gail); his sister Miriam Michael; and his niece and nephew Marla Michael and Todd Michael. Paul was also a proud uncle to 15 nieces and nephews from the Burns family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. May Paul be at peace and in God's hands eternally, or as Paul would say, "relaxing at his new address."

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul's memory may be directed to Ministry with Community.

Please visit Paul's personalized web page to sign his online guest book, and leave a message or condolence for his family at:


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