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Ronald Dean Michaelis

August 9, 1957 — June 29, 2023

Ronald Dean Michaelis, 65, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska succumbed to illness on Thursday, June 29, 2023, in North Platte, Nebraska with his wife by his side. Cremation has taken place and there are no services planned in accordance with Ron’s wishes. The family would be honored to have donations made in Ron’s memory to the Kidney Foundation of Nebraska or the Chuck Wagon Church of Scottsbluff. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Ron’s obituary page viewable at


Ron was born August 9, 1957, in Torrington, Wyoming to Jack Michaelis and Marjorie (Hutchinson) Michaelis Gonzales. He grew up in western Nebraska and southeast Wyoming on the family wheat and cattle ranch in Slater, Wyoming. Ron could often be found outside building forts, hiking down Goshen Hole, clearing and cleaning, and working beside his father on the family farm. It wasn’t uncommon to find him outside in the early mornings just listening to the birds and watching sunrises, a trait that never disappeared.


He graduated from Scottsbluff High School in May of 1976. Ron was a gentle giant who enjoyed being outside and riding his Harley. He was employed by Case Tractor in Scottsbluff where he was considered by many to be the best combine mechanic. Ron was also employed for sixteen years with the State of Nebraska Highway Department.


Ron is survived by the love of his life, Sherry Herman Hara Michaelis, whom he married in 2016. Together Ron and Sherry enjoyed riding their Harley motorcycles, participating in bike fundraisers, attending Sturgis (his favorite each year), working in their yard, and most of all, boating and camping at Lake Minatare.


He leaves three daughters from a previous marriage: Jennifer Michaelis of AZ, Amanda (Rob) Ebersole of OH, and Christine (Matt) Hall of NE; five grandsons, Tony, Alex, Brad, Aden, and Ian; stepchildren from his current marriage, Heston Gorr (Taylor Hoffman) and Heather (Tanner) Hara-Wensman and their baby on-the-way, Nori Rose; as well as three nieces and two nephews.


Ron is also survived by his loving sisters: Jacqueline (Lee) Berry of Chapel Hill, TN, Pamela (Robert) Madsen of Scottsbluff and Raenelda Gonzales Naseem of Topeka, KS; stepfather, Raymond Gonzales; father-in-law, Don Herman; and a special thank you to his brothers-in-law, Kenny, Tim and Rick Herman for their considerable help.


He was preceeded in death by his parents; grandparents; his mother-in-law, Sibble Herman; and an infant grandson.


The family wishes to thank the multiple facilities that cared for Ron. Thank you to the staff at Azria Health Centennial Park, North Platte for their compassionate care during this time.


And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

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