James Michel, 60, of Roland passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Fort Smith. He was born Feb. 26, 1958, in St. Marys, Pa., to the late John and Essie Michel. He was a carpenter and attended Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Collins and Rose Marie Michel; and two brothers, Tim and Donnie Michel.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Michel of the home; a daughter, Crystal Box of Van Buren; two sons, Aaron Michel of Alma and Brian Oder and wife Brandi of Checotah, Okla.; a sister, Mary Burden and husband Ted of Wilson, Okla.; five brothers, John Michel and wife Betsy of Maypearl, Texas, Tom Michel and wife Jamie of Comanche, Okla., Leo Michel and wife Kandi of Holliday, Texas, Bill Michel and wife Diana of Comanche, Okla., and Bob Michel of Waurika, Okla.; stepmother, Frances Michel of Waurika; godmother, Rose Belsole of St. Marys; mother-in-law, Lucille Goforth of Van Buren; three grandchildren; and two furbabies, Jake and Precious.
Family-hosted memorial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
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