Robert L. Michaels, 82, of North Platte passed away surrounded by his family on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Bob was born June 2, 1934 to Don and Ruth (Fent) Michaels in Grand Island.
In 1952, he graduated from North Platte High School and immediately joined the United States Navy as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. He served in the Korean War on board the USS Maddox from 1952-1956.
He married Karen A. McCune on Dec. 21, 1958. To this union four children were born.
Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was so proud of his family and was always there for them.
He had a nickname for just about everyone and could make anyone laugh or smile with his sense of humor. He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Bob retired from the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor, where he worked for 32 years.
He was a member of the Eagles Club and the Moose Lodge. Known as “Bob Who” by close friends and family, he was very witty and quite the jokester. You would not hear him say anything negative about others.
He thoroughly enjoyed his family and the simpler things in life, like sitting around the kitchen table with friends and family, enjoying good food, drink and laughter. Bob and Karen enjoyed attending His Place Church before illness set in.
He is survived by his daughters, Julie (Mike) Hammonds of Houston, Texas and Kelley (Jason) Davis of North Platte; sons, Darius (Michelle) of Lincoln and Lance (Tammy) of North Platte; sister, Beverly Iacobellis of Manhattan, Kan.; brother, Carroll (Nancy) of North Platte; grandchildren, Jordan, Taylor, Vance, Shaylene, Jarnell, Setera (Emmett) Gannon, MacKenzie, Jaedyn, Jamon, and Jayla; great granddaughter, Emmersyn; and beloved dogs, Smokey and Bandit.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, parents; and siblings, Byron, Gary and Jolene (Morris) Michaels.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20 at Berean Church with Jason Davis officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Condolences, memories may be shared with his family at carpentermemorial.com.