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Harold W. McMichael

April 18, 1939 — December 12, 2023

Oregon

Harold (Sam) Wilbur McMichael was born April 18, 1939 in Eads, CO to Charles & Donna (Jefferies) McMichael. He departed this life at his home in Oregon, IL on December 12, 2023 at the age of 84.

Harold (Sam) was raised in Southeast Colorado and has many fond memories of that time and the people there.  He joined the Navy his senior year of high school and was stationed in California and Hawaii during his service.  After the Navy, he got a job at the Gainesville Daily Sun in Florida and launched his career in the newspaper printing business.  The industry was moving towards using photo typesetting and offset printing equipment.  His experience and expertise took him to many newspapers around the Midwest. After retiring, he settled in Oregon, IL.  He enjoyed taking his grandchildren on the quad around his property whenever they came to visit.  He loved tinkering with his tractors and other toys.  He loved the area and taking anyone who came to visit around to see the Eagle’s nests.  He was a good friend to his neighbors and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, ex-wife but lifelong friend Mary McMichael (Moulder), his brothers Dallas and Bob, brothers-in-laws Dick Moore and Robert Hopkins. Harold is survived by his daughter, Carrie McMichael, son-in-law Lance Snider and his two grandchildren, Brie Snider and Dru Snider. He is survived by sisters Marilyn Hopkins, Shirley Moore (Ken Specht), and Sherill Hofmeister. He is also survived by nephews Rodney McMichael and Michael Hopkins and nieces Cindy Cordova, Donna Maestas, Tina Leggett, Michele Hopkins-Ibarra and Stephanie Hofmeister as well as several cousins, great and great-great nieces and nephews. 

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in his hometown of Brandon, Co.
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