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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Obituary: Elwyn L. Michael, 85, Belfast

Elwyn L. Michael, 85, of 7031 Gleason Hill Rd. passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Highland Healthcare Center, Wellsville following a brief illness. Born August 30, 1931 in the Town of Belfast, he was the son of Pearley E. and A. Elnora Ashby Michael. On December 12, 1952 in Angelica, he married the former Evelyn Almeade "Ebby" Mull, who predeceased him on March 10, 2015.
Elwyn grew up on the family farm on Gleason Hill and graduated from Belfast central School class of 1949. After graduation, he worked on the family farm and at the same time sold Forney Welders. For a short time he was employed at the Friendship Diaries after which he was employed at Acme Electric Corp. in Cuba and Allegany. At that time he became a full time dairy farmer on the family farm on Gleason Hill retiring in 1996. For the past 20 years he was a driver for meals on wheels for Allegany Co. He was on that job until October of 2016.

Elwyn enjoyed anything out of doors. He was truly a farmer, loved the animals and the land. He was a mechanic, fixing farm machinery and cars. He was always there to lend a helping hand to all those who needed help with anything from a ride to fixing a car or tractor. Most of all, his love was eating with and visiting with all his family and many friends.

Elwyn attended the Belfast Free Methodist Church, was a member of Antique tractor club in the area, was an active farm bureau member and for many years served on the grievance Committee for the Town of Belfast.

Surviving are a son, Dean E. Michael of Belfast; three daughters, Patricia L. (Ronald) Burr of Belfast, Elaine S. Michael of Houston, Texas, and Mary A. Michael of Clear, Alaska; ten grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a sister, Wilma (David) Carlson of Arcade; and several nieces and nephews.

Elwyn was predeceased by a great grandson, Keith Deming.
Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday Dec 2, 2016 where funeral services will be held Saturday December 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Robert J. Mackmer, Pastor of the Belfast Free Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Belfast Riverside Cemetery.