The Rev. Dr. Walter L. Michel, 84

The Rev. Dr. Walter L. Michel, 84

Walter L. Michel of Vienna, Austria and Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2016, in Evanston, Illinois. Born on May 19, 1932, in Adolfsdorf, frmr. Yugoslavia, to Felix and Elisabeth (Müller) Michel, Walter was a passionate Professor of the Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His lectures, sermons, adult forums, and presence impacted many, deeply.

Walter is survived by his grandchildren Lukas, Aleks, and Laila Cheris, and Emilija Michel; his daughter and her husband, Selga and Adam Cheris of Glencoe, Illinois; his son, Dainis W. Michel of Chicago, Illinois and Vienna, Austria; his brother, Werner Michel, of Vienna, Austria; and Gundega R. Michel, of Riga, Latvia.

Honoring Walter’s wishes, no funeral was held.

He left us with the following message:

“I wish you a great, fantastic life … get as much out of life, love … as you can … it is gone in a moment …”

This website is dedicated to the loving memory of Dr. Walter L. Michel

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  1. Dear Walter (you told me I could call you “Walter. You shouldn’t call me Walter; you should call me Professor Dr Michel, but we’re in America, so call me Walter”),
    One million pair of eyes have been watching me through twenty years of ministry; they always will. Thank you for reminding me of their presence and for introducing me to their Bible.
    Rev. Daryn Holdsworth
    Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain
    Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care
    St. Louis, Missouri