John M. McMichael

John M. McMichael

Wednesday, October 30th, 1935 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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John M. McMichael, 85, of Lancaster, died Saturday, November 7, 2020 after a brief illness at Willow Valley Communities.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Edward G. and Suie (Meck) McMichael. He was married 24 years on Oct. 26 to Miriam (Groff) Brubaker McMichael. His first wife, Shirley (Ulmer) McMichael died June 19, 1994; they were married for 38 years.

John was a farmer most of his life and a member of Refton Brethren in Christ Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 6 children: Joyce (Brad) Kneisley of Mount Joy, Jeff (Karen) McMichael of Binghamton, NY, Stephen (Julia) McMichael of Pequea, Jay (Wendy) McMichael of Conestoga, Greg (Diane) McMichael of Willow Street, and Robert “Bob” McMichael of Lancaster; five step children: Kenneth (Linda) Brubaker of Lancaster, Mary Ellen (Gerry) Brubaker of Lancaster, Donald (Ann) Brubaker of Bainbridge, Harold (Deborah) Brubaker of Philadelphia, and Ronda (Donald) Brooks of Strasburg; 10 grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren; a sister, Ella Mae (Kenneth) Mellinger of Lancaster; and a brother, Wilbur (Jane) McMichael of Lancaster.

Preceding him in death are two brothers, Lester and Richard McMichael; a stepson, James Brubaker; and a step great granddaughter, Abigail Brubaker.

A memorial service and private burial at Byerland Mennonite Cemetery will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Unto Global Logistics Center, (

To send the family online condolences, visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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    Refton Brethren In Christ Church
    110 Church Street
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    A memorial service will be held at a later date.
  • Interment

    Byerland Mennonite Cemetery
    931 Byerland Church Road
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Margaret Kreider

Posted at 11:34am
Dear Miriam and family,
We were saddened to hear of John's sudden passing. It seems I can still hear him chuckle. Memories come back of our times together, especially in the Sunday School class at Refton, as well as other class events. He will surely be missed by all. May God comfort you all. John and Margaret Kreider

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