Michael J. Kissel
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SHELBY: Michael J. Kissel, age 50, resident of Shelby died Sunday, November 17, 2013 in Lima Memorial Hospital following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Born July 23, 1963 in Ashland, Ohio to Ronald and Carolee (O'Green) Kissel, he had been a lifelong Shelby resident. A 1982 graduate of Shelby Sr. High School, he attended Muskingum University. Mike enrolled in MTD's apprenticeship program where he received his journeyman's card as a tool and die maker.
He was employed with MTD for 12 years before going to work at General Motors in Mansfield. In 2010, he transferred to the GM Plant in Marion, Indiana where he was currently employed. Mike lived in Marion, Indiana during his work week and traveled back to Shelby every weekend.
He was a member of the UAW Local#549, Shelby Moose, Eagle's and American Legion where he was active in the motorcycle club.
An avid Harley fan, he loved riding his motorcycle and took pride in working on the family farm. He was a big family man who cherished his kids and enjoyed attending their sporting events. A very likable person who never met a stranger, he was quick witted, always supportive and a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.
Survivors include his three children, Katie Kissel of Mansfield, Michael Adam (Carol) Kissel of Nashville, Indiana and Joel Kissel of Bowling Green University; three grandchildren, Jakeel, Zayden and Jackson; his mother, Carolee Kissel of Shelby; his siblings, Pamela Hoffman of Shelby, Joyce (Terry) McKown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Jerry (Debbie) Kissel of Shelby, Wayne Kissel of Shelby and Bonnie Bishop of Fredericktown; nieces, nephews; and many loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; his niece, Jennifer Hoffman; and two great nephews, Ethan McKown and Harley Kissel.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Barkdull Funeral Home with Pastor Clyde Fry officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8PM.
Memorial expressions may be made to the Elder Heart, P.O Box 1511, Nashville, IN 47448. Elder Heart is a veteran organization that does community projects as well as public, private and corporate art to raise awareness for the 22 veteran suicides that occur every day.
On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.
Published in the News Journal on Nov. 21, 2013