Albert P. Michelbach, MD, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Kansas and Arizona, died unexpectedly, Wednesday November 22nd.
Dr. Michelbach was born on June 10, 1935, to a northern Arizona pioneer family, the son of Ann and A.P. Michelbach of Flagstaff. He attended Flagstaff High School where he participated in many school activities including playing basketball and football and running track. He graduated at the top of his class in 1953. He attended the University of Arizona where he was affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was a member of the U of A track team.
In 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Micke, also of Flagstaff. Michelbach graduated from U of A in 1957, and was accepted to Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. He graduated with his MD in 1961. He interned at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and did his residency in internal medicine at University of Kansas Medical School in Kansas City. After practicing for four years, Michelbach returned to KU Med for a cardiology fellowship when cardiology was just beginning as a specialty. He continued his practice in internal medicine with an emphasis in cardiology until his retirement, gaining a reputation as a master diagnostician.
Dr. Michelbach served as President of the American Heart Association in Wichita and was a lecturer and trainer of CPR programs throughout the city. He was loved and well-respected by colleagues, hospital staff, and patients for his thorough, conscientious, compassionate, caring, and gentle manner. As a final gesture, he requested that his body be given over to organ donation.
He was an avid tennis player and was an active member at the Steamboat Tennis Center. He was an ardent gardener and enjoyed pastimes of downhill skiing, fishing and pheasant hunting with good friends.
He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 60 years and two sons, Philip (Lacy) and two grandchildren, Harry and Jane of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Karl (Andrea) of Tacoma, Washington; Also surviving him are two sisters, Dorothy Weinberg (Langston) of Redmond, Washington, and Marilyn Coy (Voie) of Phoenix and northern Arizona; four nephews and three nieces.
Services will be held in Wichita at Grace Memorial Chapel on the WSU campus, Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm. Reception immediately following in the Santa Fe Room. Services in Steamboat Springs will be scheduled for June. Dr. Michelbach’s ashes will be scattered on his family’s historic homestead and ranch in Hart Prairie, north of Flagstaff. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association or the Steamboat Tennis Association Youth Program. Donations can be made by contacting Yampa Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477.