Paul Michels

Paul Michels


July 12, 1948 - July 3, 2024


Paul S. Michels, 75, of North Sioux City, SD, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 3, 2024, surrounded by his sister Mary Jo and his brother Steve following a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 17 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Tuesday at St. Martin Catholic Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Paul S. Michels was born July 12, 1948, as the second child of Ronald and Marnie Michels. He graduated from Emery High School in 1966 and attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1970. After graduation, he served in the US Army in Korea for two years.  Upon his return, he purchased Sandy’s Bar in Emery. Paul later purchased Carey’s Bar in Vermillion, which he ran for the next 20 years. Paul moved to North Sioux City, owning numerous small businesses, including a newspaper and magazine delivery business and a property management business. 

Paul was a spiritual man who helped more people than anyone will ever know. His kind heart and grateful spirit showed through in his peaceful attitude. He was the historian of the family, often remembering the most minute details and dates of events. Paul followed the stock markets closely and was also a big sports fan and history buff. He rarely missed a day of exercise, whether it was running outside or on the treadmill or, in later years, the elliptical machine. Paul will be fondly remembered by those who knew him as “Red or BH” or just plain Paul.  The people he met over the years will remember him for many things, including wearing shorts 12 months of the year. More than anything, Paul will be remembered as a loving person who genuinely cared for anyone lucky enough to know him.

Paul’s spirit will live on in all of those whose lives he touched. He is survived by his sister, Mary Jo Davis and her husband Doyle; brother, Steve and his children: JoHanna (children Trystan, Laila, Dante, and Simone), and Lydia (Dave) Gleiser (children Micsha, Olivia, and Gavin, Julean, and Chloe); sister-in-law, Beverly Blue; niece, Michelle (Tony) Boar and children Anna, Michaela, and Jake. Paul’s family also included the Tran family (Moi and Loan) and children Nhung (Kim), Chi, Vincent, and Michael. The Tran family immigrated from Vietnam to Vermillion in 1975 and immediately became part of Paul’s family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Clarisse Michels, and Rudy and Josephine Brown; parents, Ronald and Marnie Michels; brother, Michael Michels; and aunt, Rita Mae Michels.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

St. Martin Catholic Church
342 3rd Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Wednesday, July 17, 2024
10:30 AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
342 3rd Ave
Emery, SD 57332


St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by James (Mac) McFarling on July 17, 2024
I too worked for Paul in the mid to late seventies. Those of us that had that opportunity are better for it. Paul was highly intelligent and an astute business man and if you listened closely he was always providing mentorship to his employees. Paul was a very caring and passionate man which was sometimes hidden by his complexities. All that knew Paul benefited from that experience. Steve and Mary Jo, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. Phi Alpha, Boss and brother Paul.
Posted by Curt Talley on July 16, 2024
Worked for Paul at Carey's in the mid seventies. He was a very good man and a great boss. It was always fun to see him there.
Posted by Jane Loduha on July 16, 2024
Paul,, Me and so many of my friends in that era had the best times of our young lives at Vermillion because you were such a fantastic host at Carey's. We will all miss you.
Posted by Diane Savoie on July 16, 2024
So very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Dave Monkelien on July 16, 2024
It was always fun to go to Carey’s and see Paul. He would bestow us with his knowledge of sports and the world. Phi Alpha and Rest in Peace
Posted by Flint Farley on July 16, 2024
Deeply sorry for your loss. The entire family is in my prayers!
Posted by Jill Foley on July 16, 2024
Although he wasn't my "uncle" it was always great to see Uncle Paul! May God shine his perpetual light upon you. Rest in peace Uncle Paul.
Posted by Russ Stavig on July 16, 2024
I have nothing but fond memories of our SAE Brother at USD a lot of years ago. Loved talking sports with him! He always had all the statistics in his head! Also, great memories when he visited my wife and me in Houston around 1980 and we took in an Astro’s baseball game. He was fun to be with. A very good person. Phi Alpha, Russ
Posted by Darrel and Sue Huber on July 16, 2024
We were saddened to hear of Paul's passing. We remember those fun times at the Emery Pool Hall and the joy that his ownership brought to the town. Our sympathies to the family.
Posted by Jim Terveen on July 16, 2024
Paul was a high school classmate of mine back in the sixties. Always had a great sense of humor and fun to be around especially playing sports together. Always the one to get you fired up even in the most dire circumstances!
Good memories from a great teammate! RIP
Posted by Frank Adams on July 15, 2024
I worked for Paul at Carey's and we had many a great conversation into the wee hours. The world is a bit dimmer for your passing.
Posted by Joe Broome on July 10, 2024
I haven't seen Paul in years but i have fond memories of Paul and Michael at USD, He was a friend and classmate. i always had great conversations with him. RIP Paul you will be missed,
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