Daniel Wayne Michael, 38, of Rockwell, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 at home.
He was born May 3, 1980 in Salisbury, NC to Don Michael, Jr. and Debora Michael. He attended school at West Rowan High School. Daniel was a member of Fisher Street Baptist Church in Concord and a former student of Bethel Colony of Mercy in Lenoir. He returned to Bethel as a volunteer to assist in their ongoing ministry.
Daniel joined Rowan County EMS Explorers at a young age to learn EMS protocols and procedures. He then went on to join the Rowan County Sheriff's Office Explorers. These explorer programs peaked his interest in serving his community. From then to the time of his passing, he served Rowan County through volunteer and career positions at several local fire departments including Franklin, East Spencer, and Granite Quarry. Most recently he served Rowan County and beyond, responding to disasters with the American Red Cross. He proudly held the rank of Chief of Rowan's Disaster Action Team responding to local emergencies and assisting families after house fires or other natural disasters. In addition to his work at the Red Cross, he managed the NC Sales Office for Hoffman Radio Network. He lived a life of service before self and was proud to stand beside the men and women of Rowan County Emergency Services. He also enjoyed installing emergency lights and radios for county departments and personal vehicles. Daniel was a HAM Radio Operator-call sign KM4WLV.
Daniel was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Mildred Benson, raised and loved by his Papa and Grandmother, Don Michael, Sr. and Helen Michael, and brother-in-law, Shan Russ.
In addition to his parents, Daniel is survived by his wife Jennifer "Jenny" Michael , whom he married March 21, 2009; son, Nicholas Ryan Michael of Midland; daughter, Kirsten Michael of Midland; brother, Robert Michael of CA; aunt, Julia (Dave) Hibbard of Salisbury; In-laws, Rita Kellough of Rockwell, and Wayne (Linda) Kellough of Myrtle Beach, SC; fur babies, Joe Joe and Sammie; granddog, Diesel; two Brother-in-laws, Kevin (Beth) Kellough of Rockwell, Scott (Charlotte) Russ of Shelby; numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly; and his brothers and sisters of Rowan County Emergency Services, including the American Red Cross.
The family will greet friends and relatives on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Powles Staton Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Powles Staton Chapel with Pastor Joey Spry officiating.
Entombment will take place in Brookhill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, therefore, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethel Colony of Mercy, 1675 Bethel Colony Road, Lenoir, NC 28645 or Fisher Street Baptist Church, to assist with funeral expenses, 810 Fisher Street, Concord, NC 28027.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Michael family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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