The Obit For Lou Michels

Louis H. Michels
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Louis H. Michels, 86, of Independence, died Sunday at Montgomery Place Nursing Home in Independence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel with the Reverend Terry Hatfield, pastor of the First Christian Church of Independence, officiating . Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the First Christian Church or F.O.R. P.A.Z. Remembrances will be received at the funeral home

Louis Harry Michels was born June 7, 1925 at Springfield, Missouri, the son of Louis V. Michels and Marie C. (Scofield) Michels.

He attended Springfield schools, graduating from high school in 1943. He joined the United States Air Force and served from September of 1943 until his discharge in March of 1946. After his service, Lou attended Draughons Business University in Springfield, Missouri.

Mr. Michels played baseball with New York Yankees Minor League Farm Team as pitcher for five years, starting in 1946. During his baseball career he was selected for the All Star Team three different years. In the winter months he resided in Independence and was employed by the Joseph Acre C.P.A. Firm. He worked for the Sinderson, Henning and Muller Accounting Firm in Independence from 1955 until 1959. In 1959 he became a Partner purchasing that business and forming Yerkes, Michels and Callahan. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1962. In 1969 the partnership of Yerkes and Michels was formed.

Mr. Michels retired in 1991. In 2001 he received a forty year Honorary Membership Award for his service to the State Association of Accounting. Lou served on local state committees for the Accounting Society.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Independence and was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, serving as it's Treasurer for fourteen years. He belonged to the Independence Country Club, serving on the Board, a member of the Third Monday Investment Club, Planning and Zoning Committee of Independence and the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. Lou enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling, traveling and most of all his family.

In 1947 he married Oletha M. Polston in Joplin, Missouri. Mrs. Michels survives at the home.

Additional survivors include: two daughters, Pamela Hines and her husband David and Kay Michels of Independence; four grandchildren, Christopher Hines and his wife Stacy, Scott Hines and his wife Denise, Shannon Oakes and her husband Tyson, all of Independence; and Sarah Porter and her husband Mark of Jenks, Oklahoma. Also surviving are seven great grandchildren; a sister, Jeanne Batey of Springfield, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

Lou loved his family and will be greatly missed.

Interment: Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence, Kansas.