Clair N. Michaels Sr.

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Clair N. Michaels Sr., 85, of Noble Street, Hazleton, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at Weatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly.

Born in Williamstown on Feb. 13, 1928, he was a son of the late Harry and Alma (Brown) Michaels and was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church, West Hazleton.

Clair served in the Army and, until his retirement in 1996, was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot in the maintenance department as both a boiler and an aviation mechanic.

He was a devoted Bible reader and a very active member of his church. He was a member and past president of the Hazleton chapter of the Full Gospel Businessman's Fellowship International, was a member of the choir and the cleaning ministry and served as an usher. He was also a senior Boy Scout leader and served as a Royal Ranger for the Boy Scouts.

Clair also enjoyed playing cards, taking walks and spending time camping, especially at the Sianora Campground.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, Patricia A. Michaels; grandson, Anthony Michaels; and brothers, Marlin and William Michaels.

Surviving are his son, Kenneth Michaels, Elizabethtown; son, Clair Michaels Jr., Nanticoke; daughter, Tina DeFuso, Hazleton; son, Gerald Michaels, Hazleton; son, Leroy Michaels, Hazleton; and daughter, Lucinda Vogel, Rebuck. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Ralph and Alvin Michaels, both of Williamstown; and sisters, Linda Challenger, Williamstown; Carol Deiter, Williamstown; and Kay Williams, Carlisle; along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held April 5 from the Hazle Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 426 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Pastor Art Riddle of Faith Assembly of God Church presided.

A private burial was to take place in Fair View Cemetery, Williamstown.

Condolence messages may be entered in the family's memorial guest book on the funeral home website at

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