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Eugene DeVoe Michel

March 16, 1929 — January 13, 2017

      Eugene DeVoe Michel, 87, of Kearney, Nebraska, former Lexington resident, died Friday, January 13, 2017, at St. Luke’s Good Samaritan Care Facility in Kearney.   He was born March 16, 1929, in Gosper County, Nebraska, to John Roy and Nellie May (Haworth) Michel.   Eugene attended school and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1947. He was active in sports while in school, and was given the honor of being Homecoming King.   Eugene was united in marriage to Peggy Hofferber on April 23, 1948, in Lexington. They lived their entire married life in Lexington, spending their retirement years between their cabin on Johnson Lake and their home in Casa Grande, Arizona until 2014, when they moved to Kearney.   Eugene was employed by the United States Postal Service for 36 years.   Survivors include his wife, Peggy of Kearney, Nebraska; son, Eric (Donna) of Kearney, Nebraska; daughter, Gwen (Ken) Rittgarn of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Chad (Lisa) Michel, Mindi (Dave) Rasmussen, Nathan Rittgarn, and Amy Rittgarn; and five great-grandchildren; also surviving are his three sisters, Phyllis Mueller of Lexington, Nebraska, Lois Karr of Lexington, Nebraska, and Geraldine Jorn of Lexington, Nebraska, as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.   Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, and youngest sister, Carol Lofshult.   Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Chapel in Lexington with Reverend Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.   Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington.   There will be no visitation.   Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.   Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.
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