In Memory

Tom Michels

Thomas E. "Tom" Michels 1950—2017
Thomas E. "Tom" Michels, 66, of Rockford, IL, passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Rockford, after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Born July 17, 1950, son of Howard and Ruth (Johnson) Michels. Tom graduated with a double Master's degree from Indiana University, and he worked primarily in marketing and sales. Tom loved reading and history, but most of all, he loved his family. Tom is loved and missed by his son, David (Melissa Peebles) Michels; sister, Ruthanne (George) Sorensen; close friend and former wife, Jill Michels; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Jim Michels.
Private services will be held. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association . To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

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07/31/17 12:09 PM #1    

Ron Sample

What a great guy!  I hoped I would be able to see Tom at the reunion.  I would kid him about the scar and fracture he left on my right ring finger when he cleated me in football practice.  He was so apologetic.  I remember Tom as reserved and kind to everyone.  He had a dry sense of humor that cracked me up.  

We had occasional poker games at Jarrel's house with Schweikle, Eike, and Wilbrandt.  Now Rudy, Wally, and Tom have passed.  Kicking myself that I waited so long to try to reach these guys.  Life lesson learned.

Well Tom, the arthritis in my finger is hurting as I type this.  Miss you buddy.

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