Joseph George Mikel, 87, of Baroda passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman, with Jeff Hendrix, grandson, giving a devotion for family and friends. Burial will be in Lincoln Township Cemetery, Stevensville. Friends may meet with the family from 5 - 7 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice At Home, Grace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph, or donors choice.
Joseph was born April 10, 1926 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Joseph and Sophie Mikel. He married the former Ethel Sill on November 29, 1952.
Joe graduated from Bridgman High School in 1944 and joined the Navy the same year, taking part in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. He retired from Allied Signal (Bendix Corporation) after 32 years and continued farming with his son, Jim. He was a member of the Stevensville American Legion and also a member of the St. Joseph Kickers Club where he enjoyed dancing, listening to music and being around people.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ethel; daughters, Janice (Kirk) Wutzke of Stevensville, Jacalyn (James) Hendrix of St. Joseph, son, Jim (Rena) Mikel of Bridgman; grandchildren, Jeffrey (financee, Carla Carmichael) Hendrix of Mankato, MN, Jennifer (Nathanael) Brenner of Omaha, NE; extended family, Jamie and Tamara Hansen and four children of Stevensville, David and Kamie Luster and two children of Georgia and nieces and nephews.
He is also preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Frank Mikel, Catherine Gajniak, Julie Bala, Sophia Grothe and nephew Wayne Mikel.
Thursday February 20, 2014 , 5 - 7 PM at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
Friday February 21, 2014 , 11 AM at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
Friday February 21, 2014 at Lincoln Township Cemetery