Christopher Michels ’97

Christopher Brian Michels, 44, of Dowagiac, Michigan, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis surrounded by his loving family.

Christopher was born June 27, 1974, in Dowagiac, to Terry and Barbara (Langley) Michels, He graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1993; he then went on to earn a degree in Business Administration from Hope College. Christopher worked for XPO Logistics in Buchanan for many years. Growing up, he was an Eagle Scout, Troop #563 at Dowagiac First Christian Church. He was a longtime member at the Buchanan American Legion.

In his spare time, he enjoyed watching Monday night wrestling and playing golf. Christopher loved sports; he was an avid Notre Dame, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Lions fan. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Christopher is survived by his mother, Barbara Hill; brother, Douglas (Kristina) Michels; niece, Haleigh Michels; uncle, Tom (Karen) Langley; uncle, Tom Burling; paternal grandmother, Ester Michels; and cousins, Pam (Roy) Collins, Sandi (Josh) Mandarino, Dan Langley, Brian (Beth) Langley, and Anthony (Ashlie) Langley. He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Michels; stepfather, Ed Hill; aunt, Diane “Dee Dee” Burling; maternal grandparents, Hubert “Huey” and Mildred “Middie” Langley; paternal grandfather, Nick Michels; and his beloved dogs, D.J. and Spuds.

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