Leon A. Michaels

March 20, 1931December 27, 2012

LEON A. MICHAELS, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Dupont Hospital. He served in the Korean War - Air Force, and retired from G.T.E. as a Communications Manager in 1987. Surviving are his daughters, Linda Michaels of Tulsa, Okla., Peggy (Tom) Taggart of Northern Ireland, Michele (Andrew) Topp of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Cleveland of Bella Vista, Ark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia who died in 2010; parents; two sisters; and two brothers. No services. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd. Private burial at Marion National Cemetery. Memorials to Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana.


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January 27, 2014

Harry and I always loved the wonderful times we had together with you and Pat. I remember the time we were in Hawaii and had gone to the most wonderful flower gardens. We spent all day and forgot about the allergies you suffered. You were so stuffed up the next day and I said you could just stay in the condo and you said no way; because you all will come back and tell all the great sights and fun you had. We had so many wonderful vacations through the years. How could we forget those motorcycle rallies in Tennessee and Kentucky. You will be so missed! For Harry and I a part of us is missing. We know we will see you on the other side of Jordan some day and we will all be rejoicing together.

January 7, 2013

Dad, thank you for all that you gave to your family. You provided for us not only the material things but you left us with knowing how to be strong and take care of the ones we love. The memories that you have left not only bring tears to my eyes but puts a smile on my face, you were so funny and gave your family such good times throughout the years, we had a wonderful childhood and your were a fantastic poppy to all your grandchildren. You are so missed, but i know you and mom are looking down at all of us and looking over us. love you dad. Peggy Taggart (daughter) Northern Ireland

Michele Michaels-Topp

January 7, 2013

My father was a true character. He was one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that knew him. He was always good for a laugh. Whether we were laughing with him or about him. My Dad and I had a special relationship from the time I was a little girl and did a lot of fun and special things together. My sister's and I laugh hysterically at some of the silly things he used to do. We would pull pranks on him and he'd fall for it everytime! He was always interested in something. Whatever he decided to do, he would learn it thoroughly, master it and then move on. From sailing, to carpentry. He got his black belt in Shodokon karate at 55 years old. He loved to read and loved to learn. I miss you horribly Dad and I pray you and Mom are together for eternity because I know that would make you both very happy. I'm so thankful that we had the last 6 months together and the many laughs we shared over the years. You will never be forgotten. Love you Dad, signed Daughter #3...

January 5, 2013


Joana Wyatt

January 3, 2013

Michele and Andy and the Michaels family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May you find comfort thru the love of your famly and friends during this difficult time.
Sincere Sympathy,
Joana M. Wyatt, (Triple Crown Svc.)

Michael Balson

January 2, 2013

Some of the best memories in my life revolve around family get togethers--in Indiana or Montana. At all of those get togethers, one of the things I most looked forward to was seeing my Uncle Mike. Always with a story or a joke. Always having me laughing. Always viewed with the deepest love and respect. I woke up this morning thinking of him. I learned a long time ago that closure is overrated. I think I'll just choose to think he's off on an adventure someplace, and we'll be getting together soon. That may not be far from the truth.

Lola Balson

January 1, 2013

All my memories are of the wonderful times that Pat,(my sister); Mike; Harry and myself had over the years. It will always bring a smile when I think of some of the adventures we had. It will never be the same without both of them; their not only family but our dearest friends. Mike, you will be missed here but there is joy in heaven over your arrival.

Cathy Frenn-Schaeffer

December 30, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
I am sure all your memories will keep him alive in your hearts.