OBITUARY

Michael T. Michelas

July 17, 1928January 26, 2013
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Michael T. Michelas passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Michael was a long-time resident of Las Vegas and a first generation Greek. He was born to Theodore and Eve Michelas, who were both born on the island of Crete, Greece. He was born in Rock Springs, Wyo., in 1928. Michael came from a very close and loving family. The Michelas family moved to Las Vegas in 1940. Michael graduated from a prominent acting school in New York City and starred in several plays. Michael served in the Korean War sending Morse Code. He was also a graduate of UCLA, majoring in accounting. Michael returned to Las Vegas and was a stockbroker for 30 years. Michael was actively involved in the family apartment and water company business. Michael was very generous and he loved to read. He was passionate about travel and loved taking family members on trips around the world. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother-in-law Keith. He loved playing second grandfather to his great nephews, Spencer and Sean. The Michelas family was one of the first founding families of St. John's Greek Orthodox Church. Michael was a brilliant, generous, kind, and loving person. He was greatly loved and will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Eve Michelas; and sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Keith Campbell. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Robison (Robert); nieces, Diane Robison, Michelle Clark (Jerry) and Stacey Riggs; nephew, Ted Campbell (Cheryl), grand-nephews, Spencer (Laura) and Sean Campbell. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 El Camino Road. Burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church.

Arrangements under the direction of Palm Downtown Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, February 1, 2013
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Tom Peterson

February 4, 2013

Uncle Michelas was one of my all-time favorite people. His laugh and smile could light up even the darkest room. He is one of the reasons I went into wealth management. He was truely a blessing to all who were lucky enough to know him. May his memory be eternal.

February 2, 2013

our sympathies to the family he will be missed tom and vangie kolokithas

Luis Dunn

January 31, 2013

my sincere condolences to all his family

shawn w

January 30, 2013

a fortunate man

Ed and Joann Fike

January 30, 2013

Dear Patty, Ed and I are sorry to hear
about Michael. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love you J

kala rehm

January 30, 2013

Michael had great wit and intelligence. He was a lovely man.
Kala Rehm

Sophie K. Comas

January 30, 2013

Dearest Michael,
Certainly will miss you. Now you and Mike can finish dancing
the pendozali on the highway to Las Vegas!
Love you,
Gogo/Sophie

January 30, 2013

I wanted to offer my condolence for your loss. and a comforting thought. God is near to those broken at heart
warmest Sympathy

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Michael was a longtime resident of Las Vegas and a first generation Greek. He came from a very close, loving family. He was born to Theodore Michelas and Eve Michelas who were both born on the island of Crete, Greece and were longtime residents of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1928. He had two sisters, Ann Campbell, who predeceased Michael, and Patricia Robison.

The Michelas family moved to Las Vegas in 1940. Michael went to 5th Street Elementary School and Las Vegas High School.
When he was 18, Michael moved to New York City where he attended and graduated from the New School of Social Research. He went to school with the likes of Tony Curtis, Bea Arthur and Harry Bellafonte. Michael appeared in off Broadway shows and was going to sign a contract with Warner Brothers Studios for two pictures. Before that could happen however, he was drafted and served in Japan during the Korean War where he was trained in, and sent, Morse code. After returning from the Korean War, Michael went to California to pursue acting but decided to go to UCLA instead, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.

Michael then returned to Las Vegas and became a stockbroker. He and Bud Walker managed the Utah-based stock brokerage firm, Wilson & Davis Co. for approximately 30 years. Michael also helped with the family-owned business of MCR Apartments.

The Michelas family was one of the few first founding families of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Las Vegas. Michael was active in the early days of St. John's Greek Orthodox Church where he served on the Parish Council as President and council member.

Michael was very generous and he loved to read and travel. He took his sisters, nieces, nephews and great nephews on many trips around the world, exploring interesting and exotic places such as Africa, China, Egypt, Russia, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria and Peru. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brother-in-law, Keith Campbell and loved playing second grandfather to his great nephews, Spencer and Sean Campbell.

Michael was a brilliant, generous, kind and loving person. He is greatly loved and missed by all. Michael died at Odyssey Hospice on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Eve Michelas, sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Keith Campbell. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Robison (Robert); nieces, Diane Robison, Michelle Clark (Jerry) and Stacey Riggs; nephew, Theodore D. Campbell (Cheryl) and great nephews, Spencer Campbell (Laura) and Sean Campbell.