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In Memory of
Thomas Duane Michael
April 21, 1962 - December 24, 2020

Thomas Tom Duane Michael, follower of Christ and friend to all, 58, returned to his heavenly home on the Eve of Christmas; December 24, 2020. Tom was born to the late Jack and Mary Michael in Rivesville, West Virginia on April 21, 1962. A man of faith, Tom lived life providing for and protecting others. Blessed with a large and loving family, Tom is survived by his best friend and wonderful wife, Joyce; sons Steven Behner, David Behner (Mallorie Klemm-Behner), and Jack Michael (Rachel Michael); siblings Michael Michael (Charlotte), JackieDee Johnson, Matthew Michael, and Johnna Shelton (Paul). His kind-hearted, ever-loving spirit lives in us all. Tom earned his MBA from Franklin University and held various positions throughout his career related to statistics. Tom endlessly served others as a United States Army veteran, a baseball and football coach for Westerville City Schools, an organizer of the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) volunteer mission trips, and a church council member for St. Paul Lutheran Church. His passions in life included family first, craftsmanship, hunting, photography, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. As 2020 concludes and the new year is upon us, the Michael family will proceed with a celebration of life service once large public gatherings commence. Arrangements will be through Moreland Funeral Home in Westerville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Toms name to St. Paul Lutheran Churchs ASP mission fund at 4686 E Walnut St, Westerville, OH 43081. John 11:25-26 Jesus told her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.

Condolences

Gary and Lou Ann Kowaleski

Dec 27, 2020

We are truly sorry to hear of your loss. God's comfort to you and your family. Gary and Lou Ann

 

keith r horan

Dec 27, 2020

Joyce, We are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. He certainly provided much support to Connor during his time with Jack at Westerville.

 

Angie Goff

Dec 28, 2020

Sweet Joyce, praying for you and your precious family. Please let me know if there is any way to help. Love you!

 

Krista Eisenman

Dec 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Sue Kaczor

Dec 28, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. Sue Kaczor

 

Scott

Dec 28, 2020

Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Sharon Lippens

Dec 28, 2020

Deeply saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Prayers for peace to all of Tom's family.

 

Sarah L Keeney

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, Steve, David and Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful man, and a friend to everyone. I will always be grateful for his wonderful guidance at Saint Ann's. Sending prayers and comfort to you all, Much Love, Sarah Keeney

 

Ingrid and Jim Grubb

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, Jim and I are heartbroken for you and your children as well as the Michael Family. We will keep you in our prayers asking God to comfort you during the tragic loss.

 

Fredrick Powell

Dec 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I was married to Jackie when Tom was young. He was in the National Guard with my Dad, Fred J Powell. If there is anything we can do, contact us please.

 

Carylee Meyers

Dec 28, 2020

I am praying for you all, and send my condolences. He was such a great husband and father and I know will be missed by everyone who knew him.

 

Donna Toothman

Dec 28, 2020

Dear Joyce and family, I have many wonderful memories of Tom . He was such a kind , gentle and thoughtful man. Please know that Dodie and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and healing. Donna Toothman

 

DeeAnn Shutt

Dec 28, 2020

Tom was such a good man and friend that cared about everybody. Praying the Holy spirit to comfort his family in Jesus name amen!

 

Nicolena Carpenter Waldsmith

Dec 28, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of Tom. I remember him in our youth as a very kind gentleman. Love and prayers for your family. Sincerely Nikki Carpenter Waldsmith RHS 1981

 

Kathy Crider

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. we live very close, if you need anything, please let me know. Kathy Crider

 

Norma Hadden

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, I am sorry for your loss. May your kind caring spirit be comforted at this difficult time. May the peace of God surround you and your family. Norma J

 

Kara Hamilton

Dec 28, 2020

To the Michael family, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Tom was a special soul and I will cherish my memories of him forever. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help in this difficult time. Sending my love. -Kara

 

Anita, Steve and Ian Liao

Dec 28, 2020

To Dearest Joyce, Jack and the entire Michael family, Our hearts are heavy with sadness. May you feel surrounded by the love of all of us and the other people who have been touched by your family's kindness to others. Peace and Love to you all

 

MATT INMAN

Dec 28, 2020

I am truly sorry to see that Tom has passed. He was a good man and I will never forget his kindness during my time at St. Ann's. Very sorry for your loss. Blessings of peace and light to his entire family.

 

Ann Baughman

Dec 28, 2020

Tom was truly a beloved, husband, dad and friend. He gave me my first job at st Ann's, taught me how to succeed and lead and held me tight when I cried. Always know that he is always with you, guiding and watching over you and your blessed family. Love Ann

 

Kathy Hayman

Dec 28, 2020

Dear Joyce, keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are surrounded by love and support.

 

Cris Kisner Stewart

Dec 28, 2020

Johnny and I are sending our deepest sympathies to you all! May peace and comfort surround you today and in the days to come! Hugs!! ❤️🙏❤️

 

Kim and Ken Hamilton

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, sending our love and prayers to you and all of the family during this heartbreaking time. Tom's loving and generous spirit will live on forever in our hearts and memories. We will always cherish the wonderful times we had at Michael family gatherings throughout the years. Please know that you are surrounded by love and never hesitate to let us know how we can help. Kim and Ken

 

Pam Conkle

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce, I was so sorry to hear about Tom. My sincere condolences to you and all your family. He was a wonderful person and I'm glad I knew him . Love and prayers for you and family . Pam Conkle

 

Debbie Sohovich

Dec 28, 2020

Joyce and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Tom's passing. I remember Tom always with a smile on his face and willing to help everyone. May God give you the strength and guidance you need during this very difficult time.

 

Carolyn peugh

Dec 28, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your Tom, you have my prayers with you Joyce. May God be with you.

 

Carmel & John Mechlin & family

Dec 28, 2020

Tom and Joyce have been dear friends for many years. Tom was a wonderful, kind and caring person to all who knew him. He was such a true example of living his faith. Always helping others in need . We will always cherish the many good times we shared with Tom and Joyce. May he Rest In Peace in loving arms of our Lord and Savior.

 

Dee thoma

Dec 28, 2020

I was so saddened to hear about Tom. He was such a wonderful man,great boss and made my time at st ann's so enjoyable. hE was so kind whenever my daughter called during scary times and guided her. My love and prayers are with JOyce and the boys during this sad time. Dee and stephanie thoma

 

Donna and Doug Ice

Dec 29, 2020

Prayers for the Michael family in these difficult times.

 

Kate Misencik

Dec 29, 2020

Joyce my heart goes out to you and the boys. Tom was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with him at St Ann's. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. Jim and Kate Misencik

 

Mark patrickz

Dec 29, 2020

Very Sorry To Hear About The Person You Lost ,Very Sad .

 

Rhonda Stedman

Dec 29, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Tom standing in the light room at St Ann's. He always had a smile and always had your back. My prayers are with you Joyce and family.

 

Bob Kuhn

Dec 29, 2020

Joyce, so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

 

Katie Johnson and Rayann Luce

Dec 29, 2020

I am so very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He was a great mentor (while I was in X-ray school) and boss during my time with him at St. Ann's. He was always so kind. I truly enjoyed working with him. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to Tom's wife, kids, and family. May God wrap you all in His loving embrace and soothe your sorrow. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die"- Thomas Campbell

 

Sharon Truman

Dec 29, 2020

Mike, I am sorry for your loss. Prays to you and your family. God be with you.

 

Andrea K Nassar

Dec 29, 2020

Dear David, Mallorie, Joyce, and family, What a lovely tribute to a lovely person. He seems to have given so much back to the world. May his memory inspire us all to do the same. Sending you all love at this difficult time.

 

Pat and Vickie Orr

Dec 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing .Are thoughts and prayers are with you at this time . Tom was so great with our grandkids they thought a lot of him ,he was a very giving person .Westerville lost a great one .

 

Patricia Kane

Dec 30, 2020

Prayers for all your family.. With sympathy

 

Janet Tennant Dunn

Dec 30, 2020

I knew Tom when he was a little boy in McCurdysville- they were our neighbors. The Michaels are such a sweet family. Praying for strength and peace for all.

 

JENNIFER COOK

Jan 2, 2021

Dear Joyce and family. I am so sorry about the death of your devoted husband and Father..May he rest in our Lord's peace. May the Angels welcome him to Paradise.

 

Jan 2, 2021

 

DEBORAH ASTA

Jan 4, 2021

Joyce, I can't imagine how you feel, please know you and the boys are in my prayers, if there is anything I can do please don't hestitate to let me know. Sincerely, Debbie Asta

 

Heather Kabler

Jan 4, 2021

Joyce, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I imagine your husband was an absolutely joyful, caring and gentle soul since that is how I know you and would guess your partner would be that was well. I hope your memories of wonderful days together help you through this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Robert Woodruff

Jan 5, 2021

I'm sorry for your lose. Coach Michael was a positive influence on many students when he coached at Blendon. The time he spent helping students was greatly appreciated.

 

Beth Bickford

Jan 5, 2021

Joyce and boys, So sorry to hear of Tom's passing over the holidays. What a great guy! We had so much fun on our ASP trips, and I always admired his passion and commitment to that ministry! We had lots of fun on the Praise Team together, too! I know he's probably fixing something in heaven (if anything is needed in that regard!), and he surely has All-Star baseball teams to coach, too! May God's peace and love surround you during this difficult time.

 

Anne Trout

Jan 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I worked with him at Mount Carmel as a Six Sigma black belt. His office was next to mine. He was a good, kind , Christian man. He always spoke highly of his family and his faith. I enjoyed the time we worked together immensely. I am sure he will be missed. May prayers and memories comfort you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Anne Trout