Roman Michels

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Parish Center in Langdon for Roman Michels, 100, of Langdon, who passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Posted 1/4/18

Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Roman was born on February 12, 1917, on the Michels family farm southwest of Munich. His parents were Hubert and Katie (Athmann) Michels, and he was the seventh child in a family of twelve. He attended Munich Public School, graduating in 1935. He lost his dad in March of that year. He worked on the family farm, and on November 10, 1942, he married Muriel Thielen of Clyde whom he met at rollerskating. They farmed three miles southeast of Clyde. He was the assessor for Bruce Township for many years and, also, was president of the Clyde School Board. He held that position until their only child, Virginia, graduated in 1964. In 1964, he and Muriel moved to Langdon, and he worked as a bartender for the Rainbow Lounge, Embers, and Eagles Club. He was then employed by the ABM missile program in both Nekoma and Concrete. He retired in 1988, and he and Muriel spent seven winters in Mesa, Ariz. He took up golf when he was in his 70’s and enjoyed it very much, playing daily during the summer. He was always an avid pinochle player and spent a lot of time doing so especially during the winter months. He lived alone in Langdon following Muriel’s death on December 23, 2005. He made several trips to Washington state to visit Virginia and family. He became a resident of Maple Manor on May 1, 2017. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Church as well as being a charter member of the Eagles Club and the Devils Lake Elks.

Surviving Roman are his daughter, Virginia (Doug) Doescher, and grandsons Grant and Brandon Doescher- all of Auburn, Wash.; brother-in-law Lawrence Thielen of Mandan; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with wife Muriel, he is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Norbert, Alphonse, Walter, Arthur, and Edwin; and sisters: Annie Schommer, Lena Nosbusch, Eleanor Schuler, Veronica Schuler, Mathilda Weber, and Regina Hoffmann.

Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at

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