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Wallace D. Michael

Wallace D. Michael (Wally), age 89, of Franklin, OH and formerly of Gratis, OH went to be with our Lord Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Hospice of Butler and Warren County in Middletown, OH.  He was born April 09, 1931 in Gratis, OH to the late Norman and Norma (Darraugh) Michael.  Wallace retired from Armco Steel in Middletown, OH in 1992, where he worked as a Carpenter. Wallace was the director of the Habitat for Humanity of Middletown for 9 years. During this time, he built 11 houses and many phases of the construction he completed personally. A Korean War veteran, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service to our country. He was a Deacon at the First Brethren Church in Gratis for over a decade. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister Barbara Hileman. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joyce L. Michael of Franklin; children   Wade (Lydia) Michael, Susan (John) Bertics, Kirk (Michele) Michael, Mark (Denise) Michael and Aaron Michael; sister Clara Mclemore; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held at 10am on July 18th at Fairview Cemetery in Gratis, OH with military honors provided by the US Army and Preble County Honor Guard. Wally loved his God, church and family.  Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Gratis is assisting with arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Michael J. Fox Foundation.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindloffzimmerman.com. 


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My heartfelt sympathies to the family. Lots of memories with Kirk, Mark and Aaron growing up. Wally was an icon of Gratis with the church and the Gratis ball diamond. Prayers for all

Tammy Combs Line Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

When I told wally my grandpa passed away he told my i could call him grandpa if I wanted .. i am so happy to have known him i will miss him

Ruth Ann Helton Jul 19 2020 12:00 AM

My first memories of Wally are of as a little league coach kind of intense and stern I thought and I was on the opposing team. In High School, I remember Mark and Kirk could not go out on Friday night before giving Wally assurances that they would be up early Saturday morning cleaning the church. Wally always seemed to know when they were up to something. Why, them durn boys, he would say. At times he seemed intimidating to me; I think he saw right through me for the little heathen that I was. But Wally was always kind and considerate to me. Mostly, I remember Wally as a devoted and dedicated Father and Family man.

My sincere condolences to the Michael family.

Kevin Lackey Jul 17 2020 12:00 AM