Roger Michels

July 30, 1935 - May 7, 2018
Roger Michels

Roger Eugene Michels, 82, of New Port Richey, passed away May 7, 2018. Born in Chicago, IL to Oris and Lucille Michels, he attended Bangor High School before graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in June 1956. Roger served in the United States Army in the Counter Intelligence Corporation and attended the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Hollibird, Maryland.

Roger moved to New Port Richey, Florida 40 years ago and since then has spent a great deal of time serving his community. He served on the Ordinance Review Board for the city of New Port Richey; in 1965, he established the New Port Richey Sertoma Club and served as their second President.

In 1977, he was a founding member of the Holiday Rotary Club and over the years has served as President, Secretary and as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Roger was past President of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, served as Chasco Fiesta Street parade chairman for many years, established the New Port Richey chapter of the March of Dimes where he served as Chairman for 15 years, established the first Salvation Army Thrift store on Grand Blvd and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association and the American Cancer Society as well as chaired fund raising for the Boy Scouts of America. He was past President of Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. He also was chosen as King Chasco twice, years 1970 and 1980.

Roger was a member of many fraternal organizations including the Moose, the Elks, the Masons where he is a twice Past Master, and the New Port Richey Shrine Club, serving as Past Potentate of the Egypt Temple in Tampa.

He is a member of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Roger enjoyed boating, fishing, bowling, golfing, and outside lawn work. He was a true pillar of this community and will be remembered fondly by those he served.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Robin; his daughters, Kylie Marie and Stephanie; his son, Timothy; his step-daughters, Kellie Burkey and Michelle Schneider; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation for Roger will be held on Thursday, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be given during the evening visitation. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30am Friday at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home after services have concluded. In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to one of the many organizations he supported.


Service

Friday, May 11, 2018
10:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St. James The Apostle Catholic Church - Directions
8400 Monarch Drive
Port Richey, FL 34668

Burial

Friday, May 11, 2018
12:00 PM

Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens - Directions
4244 Madison Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Visitation

Thursday, May 10, 2018
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home - Directions
5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652
727-845-1957

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  • May 09, 2018
    Tony Mendyk says:
    Rest in Peace

  • May 09, 2018
    Tony Mendyk says:
    Rest in Peace.

  • May 09, 2018
    Paul White says:
    My deepest sympathy to Roger's family. I had the pleasure of knowing Roger as a client of our company for many years. I always enjoyed our visits. And the Lord said, well done, Roger. May perpetual light shine on him and may he rest in God's peace. Sincerely, Paul White, LFD Funeral Services, Inc.

  • May 09, 2018
    Craig McCart says:
    Roger had a tremendous influence on my life since I first met him at the age of 16. He was good to my family, he gave me a job when I needed one and we worked together on the Chasco Fiesta Steering Committee for many years. Rest In Peace my friend. I will miss you.

  • May 10, 2018
    Ellen Plennert Holeman says:
    Roger and my mother, May Plennert, worked together with the Salvation Army. He also helped us with many family members that have passed. He was a very special person.

  • May 10, 2018
    Deane Rigoglioso says:
    Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences to this amazing family that has giving so much to those around them.

  • May 10, 2018
    Laurie LaVoy says:
    Thoughts and prayers to Rogers family

  • May 10, 2018
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  • May 10, 2018
    Michael May and Debbie Minshew says:
    Our sympathies to Roger's family and employees. Roger was a wonderful man who has done many good things in his life for others. Thank you for the pleasure of knowing you and your wonderful charitable work! You will be missed by many and loved by all!

  • May 11, 2018
    Jodi and John McKeon says:
    Robin and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • May 13, 2018
    Kathryn Lovell lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2018 at 5:56:56 AM

  • May 18, 2018
    Williams Family says:
    Condolences to the Michels family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace