Thomas Jordan McMichael (1934 - 2014)

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Funeral services for Thomas J. McMichael, 79 were conducted by Pastor Steve Daiker on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross. Interment was in the Cameron Township Cemetery north of Ross. The honorary casket bearers were his great-grandchildren Chloe Hansen, Isaac Johnson, Noah Johnson, Abe Johnson, Ethan McMichael, Adrianna McMichael, Austin McMichael, Corbin McMichael, and Brooklyn Springston. The casket bearers were the grandchildren John Lee Hansen, Jordan Hansen, Pamela Hansen, Eric McMichael, Christy Springston, Todd Springston, and Tami Johannsen. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Jordan McMichael, the son of Homer and Lucille (Jordan) McMichael, was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Audubon County near Exira, and died July 16, 2014, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 79 years, 8 months, and 27 days.
Thomas was baptized and confirmed at the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross, and remained a life-long member. He attended rural school in Audubon County in a one room school house then later studied at the Gray School in Gray. Thomas helped on the family farm and also helped neighbors shell corn and do other jobs.
On May 31, 1953, he was united in marriage to Norma Sorensen at the Methodist Church in Granger. Four children Merle, twins Neal and Noel, and Lisa were born to this union. They continued farming and later started a dairy. Thomas was very proud of his herd of Brown Swiss cows. Each cow was affectionately named and well cared for. Thomas' favorite chore was driving his skid loader. Thomas' family was a very important part of his life and he loved each and every one of them.
Thomas was preceded in death by his granddaughter; Stacy Jo McMichael; his parents; his brothers-in-law: Merlin Sorensen, Jerry Sorensen, and Dale Sorensen; and his sisters-in-law: Donna and husband Gary Parker and Loretta Sorensen.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years Norma McMichael; his children Merle and wife Deb McMichael, Neal McMichael, Noel McMichael, and Lisa and husband John Hansen all of Audubon; his grandchildren John Lee Hansen, Jordan Hansen, Pamela Hansen, Eric McMichael and Tami Johannsen all of Audubon, Christy and husband Todd Springston of Templeton; 9 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law Arnold Sorensen of Manson; his sisters-in-law Wilma Sorensen of Audubon, Mary Beth Sorensen of Panora, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler Funeral Home
515 S Division St
Audubon, IA 50025
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on July 25, 2014