Beloved husband, father and friend, Caryle Leon Michel, 91, of Mt. Vernon, died peacefully at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born in Farina on Dec. 11, 1922, to Adolph and Marie (Holhouzen) Michel.
Caryle graduated from SIU-Carbondale where he lettered in both football and basketball. He also attended Yale and Cornell as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Caryle married the love of his life, Catherine Francis Wilson on Dec. 27, 1947, and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2003. The two were happily married for 56 years.
Caryle was a proud World War II veteran, serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He had may careers a teacher, football coach, insurance salesman and was involved in the trading stamp industry. He spent most of his career as the owner of Michel Fertilizer Company which was originally founded by his father Adolf and is now operated by his son, Chris Michel and his sons, Jabe and Skyler Michel. After Caryle retired from the fertilizer business he founded a new business in real estate properties. That business is now operated by his daughter and son-in-law, Teri Michel Kerrek and David Kerrek and their daughter, Savannah.
Caryle was an avid sportsman. He traveled all over the world to hunt and fish. Caryle gained great pleasure in handing down his knowledge on hunting and fishing to his children and grandchildren. Caryle was a loyal church member at Logan Street Baptist Church for over 50 years. Above all, Caryle cherished the loving companionship of his wife and five children. This world will be less special without him.
Left to cherish his memory are his surviving children, Starr Michel Potter of Louisville, Ky., Teri Michel Kerrek and husband David of Mt. Vernon and Chris Michel and wife Pam of Texico; his grandchildren, Scott Potter and wife Aynsley and Todd Potter and wife Whitney, all of Louisville, Ky., Gregg Potter and wife Kandace of Lebanon, Ky., Skyler Michel and Jabe Michel of Texico, Lesley Schwanke of Scottsdale, Ariz., Savannah Kerrek of Mt. Vernon and Abbey Kleinsmith of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his eight great-grandchildren, Mason, Caroline, Abby, Allison, Hadley and Reagan Potter, Daylen Michel and Roman Erlichman; and his friend, Doris Edson.