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John William Michael

July 13, 1944July 29, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, John William Michael, loving husband and father of three children, passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 76. He endured a short battle with cancer, but as in life, took it with stride and never complained.

John was born July 13, 1944, to Julius Calvin and Ethel Batten Michael, and lived his entire life in Mt. Sidney. He graduated from Middle River High School in 1962 and married Charlotte Stephenson on March 30, 1968. They raised two sons, Calvin and Jeff, and his favorite daughter, Denise. John worked for Smith’s Transfer until they closed and then retired from Yellow Freight in 2000.

John enjoyed working on his farm and driving his #91-racecar at Eastside and Natural Bridge Speedway. He raced for 50 years and racing was the only thing that would get him out of the hayfield. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren at their sporting events, and rarely missed a game, even during his treatments. He was known for his hard work ethic and willingness to help anyone at any time. Not easily excited, sometimes he even took a nap during the race line up.

John was preceded in death by his sisters, Alma Gilbert, and Mary Acker, and his brothers, Lurty Michael, Charlie Michael, Lester Michael, and Robert Michael. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his three children, Calvin and wife Mary Beth, Jeff and wife Amie, and his daughter Denise. “Paw Paw” leaves behind five grandchildren, Gabby, Noah, Jack, Tyler, and Gracie. Additionally, he is survived by brother Frank Michael, and sisters Edna Karicofe, Ruth Swink, Jean Moyer, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may sign the register book and view 10 am – 7 pm, on Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Lebanon Church of the Brethren on 1168 Lebanon Church Rd, Mt. Sidney, at 11 am, with Pastors Matthew Fike and Wayne Pence officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, or they may visit at the residence at other times.

Please follow current Covid-19 precautions.

Per John’s request, donations in his honor may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and The Shriners Hospital for Children, P. O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyweyerscave.com.


  • Charlotte Michael, Wife
  • Calvin & his wife, Mary Beth, Son & Daughter- in -law
  • Jeff & his wife, Amie, Son & Daughter- in -law
  • Denise, Daughter
  • Gabby, Grandchild
  • Noah, Grandchild
  • Jack, Grandchild
  • Tyler, Grandchild
  • Gracie, Grandchild
  • Frank Michael, Brother
  • Edna Kiracofe, Sister
  • Ruth Swink, Sister
  • Jean Moyer, Sister
  • A Number of, Nieces & Nephews
  • Ethel Batten Michael, Mother (deceased)
  • Julius Calvin Michael, Father (deceased)
  • Alma Gilbert, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Acker, Sister (deceased)
  • Lurty Michael, Brother (deceased)
  • Charlie Michael, Brother (deceased)
  • Lester Michael, Brother (deceased)
  • Robert Michael, Brother (deceased)

  • Steve McAllister, Active Pallbearer
  • Brad Reeves, Active Pallbearer
  • Allen Gutshall, Active Pallbearer
  • Nelson Cline, Active Pallbearer
  • Kenny Cupp, Active Pallbearer
  • Eddie Michael, Active Pallbearer
  • Ivan Michael, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Parrish, Active Pallbearer
  • Drivers & Pit Crews of Natural Bridge Speedway, Honorary Pallbearers
  • Drivers & Pit Crews of Eastside Speedway, Honorary Pallbearers

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Shiriners Hospitals for Children



  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


  • Friends May Visit At The Residence At Other Times


John William Michael

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Joy Parrish

August 3, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John was a good, kind man. I have many fond memories of him.
Blessings to all of you.

Curtis & Faye Graham

August 1, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Michael Family, for the loss of there loved one.

Bill Martz

August 1, 2020

Charlotte and family, we are very sorry for your loss. You will always have good memories that will carry you through these difficult times. Our prayers are with you and the family

Buddy Lloyd

July 31, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to your and your family. Embrace the greatness that your father had and be proud. We will keep you in our prayers. Buddy, Beth, and Meredith Lloyd

Jim Rimel

July 31, 2020

Dear Charlotte,
I am so sad to hear about John. I remember him as a gentle giant of men and a great worker at Yellow Freight. I was always impressed by his work ethic and his quiet manner. He amazed me how he worked so slow and steady but at the end of his shift , all work was done to perfection.
Your hospitality to all of us one Christmas will always be remembered. Please extend my sorrow the rest of the family. May our Lord bless you and keep you safe in these troubled times. Jim and Marilyn Rimel.

Susan Saufley Huffman

July 31, 2020

Dear Charlotte and family:

Please except my sincere condolences at John‘s passing, and know that I am praying for your comfort.🙏🏻

Jack Fulk # 85

July 30, 2020

I raced with JOHN a number of years at both race tracks ,he was one of my ford racing buddies and good friend

Tina McAllister Shafer

July 30, 2020

So many memories. I know he and Daddy are having a good time watching down on us.