Dr. Albert P. Michelbach, MD
December 1, 2017
June 10, 1935- November 22, 2017
Albert P. Michelbach, MD, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Kansas and Arizona, died unexpectedly, Wednesday November 22.
Dr. Michelbach was born on June 10, 1935, and was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, the son of Ann and A.P. Michelbach, Sr. He attended Flagstaff High School where he participated in many school activities including basketball, track, and football. 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. Michelbachgraduated 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, gaining a reputation as a master diagnostician, until his retirement.
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, compassionate, caring, and gentle manner. As a final gesture, his request that his body be given over to organ donation has been honored.
He was an avid tennis player and was an active member at the Steamboat Tennis Center. He was an ardent gardener and some of his favorite pastimes were 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, WV; and Karl (Andrea) of Tacoma, WA. Also surviving him are two sisters, Dorothy Weinberg (Langston) of Redmond, WA, and Marilyn Coy (Voie) of Phoenix, AZ, four nephews and five nieces.
Services will be held both in Steamboat Springs in June and Wichita on January 14 (2 pm, Grace Memorial Chapel on the WSU campus). Michelbach’s ashes will be scattered on his family’s historic homestead north of Flagstaff, AZ. 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.