With a heavy heart, we must announce the death of a former long-term employee and member, Gene Michel. He was the longest-serving GCI full-time employee before his retirement in 2005. As of Gene’s retirement, he had 51 years and 6 months of full-time employment. He was a wonderful man and a faithful employee.
Gene Michel passed away peacefully in his sleep. He has been in a care facility in Pasadena for over a year along with his daughter, Elizabeth. Being in the same facility was a comfort to both.
Gene attended Ambassador College beginning with the class of 1951. That is where he met his wife, Betty Bates, who was in the first-ever class at Ambassador. Gene headed the Accounting Department for many years and later was responsible for all church properties worldwide. He was a gentle, capable and faithful employee who served well for 51 years.
According to his wishes, Gene will be cremated, and his cremains will be placed with a mausoleum with his wife. There will be no ceremony. Just a few family members will gather at some time in the future for a time of remembrance.
Please keep the Michel family in your prayers as they go through the natural process of grieving and celebrating a life well-lived.
Gene’s brother Bernell specifically asks that no flowers be sent. However, cards of encouragement, love and support can be sent to the family at the address below.
2878 Sycamore Lane
Arcadia, CA 91006-6352
4 thoughts on “Death of Gene Michel”
Hello Bernell–sad to hear of this but rejoicing in his years of service–his wife Betty was the first co-ed at Ambassador when it started in 1947–his was a record of stability amid so many storms and upheavals–blessings and warm thoughts to you and the family–NE
Our prayers go out to you. No greater honor can be given to someone than to acknowledge a long life well lived in faithful service to the Lord. Gene was such a person.
Santiago and Elke
Very sorry to hear the news.. what a great example of loving brothers you both were. Gene struck me as an example of a fine Christian gentleman.. Sending you and family our sincere condolences .
Roger and Anthea Lippross
Sorry to hear the news and our condolences to you and the family. Brought back many memories of our time together in Bricket Wood many years ago. All our love to you.
Roy & Sheila
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