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McMICHAEL RONALD L. McMICHAEL (Age 69) Of St. Petersburg, FL, previously of Germantown, MD, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014 following complications from heart surgery. He grew up in West Newton, PA and graduated from Penn State University. Immediately after graduation Ron was called to active duty by the U.S. Army during the time of the Vietnam conflict. Luckily for him, he was stationed in Korea. That was basically when and where he found his passion for travel. During his lifetime, Ron traveled all around the world; he delighted in telling other travelers that he'd been to all seven continents. Proudly, he was the first in his family to accomplish that. Ron's entire career was spent in the insurance industry; for the last 23 years he proudly owned and managed McMichael Insurance Agency, where he exemplified the Erie Insurance motto "Above All in Service." He retired in 2011; in 2013 he and his wife, Cory Kallen, moved to Florida, eventually settling in St. Petersburg. Ron was a past President of the Big Brothers Association of the National Capital Area. For over 25 years, Ron had been an active member of US SERVAS, as both a Host and Traveler; he was also a volunteer with the Silver Spring Stage for many years, and most recently, volunteered with the Masonic Home in St. Petersburg, FL. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Marge McMichael. He leaves behind his loving wife, Cory Kallen of St. Petersburg, FL; his twin brother, Don (Susan), brothers Jim (Kathy), Pat (Robin) and Jeff, all in Pennsylvania; his sister, Susan Jabbour McMichael of Clarksburg, WV; his daughter, Michelle Ugen (Mike) of Pennsylvania; and a number of loving nieces and nephews. He also leaves his loving pooch and companion, Freddy. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held instead of a funeral. It will be on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Willow Tree Inn (main clubhouse), 19550 Montgomery Village Ave., Montgomery Village, MD. Please dress in color. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the . Two of Ron's favorite expressions were "Life is Good" and "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey." Ron continues his journey.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 6, 2014
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