Harold Michels, age 77, of Wall, S.D., died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Harold L. Michels was born December 19, 1934, in Plentywood, Mont., the son of Vernon and Hazel (Wilson) Michels. He attended the Sheridan County Schools and graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1955. After graduation, he enrolled in the Park’s Radio and Television School in Denver, Colo. Upon graduation from the technical school, he went to work for the Lake Electric Shop in Medicine Lake, Mont.
Harold married Joanna Sue Davis on May 26, 1956, in Casper, Wyo., and to this union were born two children, Jeff Allen and Teri Jo. In 1958, Harold went to work for Larsen Hardware and Implement Corp. in Medicine Lake. After working there for many years, he bought Norman Larsen out. Harold and Sue operated this hardware store and the John Deere agency until the late 1970s.
After leaving the hardware and implement business, Harold started H. Michels Construction. His main work was to build oil well locations, and clean up and restoration work after the oil well had been drilled. Harold also had taken over the operation of his father’s farm.
In 1988, Harold and Sue bought their first piece of land north of Wall. In 1993, they bought a doublewide for the farm, and moved to South Dakota. Harold and Sue went back and forth between Montana and South Dakota for about 10 years, farming both places until 1998, when they sold the farm in Montana. In 1993, Harold went to work for the State of South Dakota, as a snowplow operator on Interstate 90, retiring in 1998.
Harold was a member of the local Moose Lodge, the city council, and a member of the County Planning Board, all of Medicine Lake, Mont. Harold was also a volunteer fireman in Medicine Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Michels of Wall; a son, Jeff Michels and his wife, Carol, of Medicine Lake, Mont.; a daughter, Teri Jo Hove and her husband, Steve, of Homestead, Mont.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Hazel (Wilson) Michels; one brother, Frank Michels; and one sister, Lois Andrus.
Memorial services and burial will take place at a later date in Medicine Lake, Mont.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com