Mr. Michelson was born on March 16, 1927, in Merrill, Wis. He married his wife of 62 years, Margaret, on Dec. 26, 1950. Mr. Michelson and his wife loved to travel, whether on business or pleasure, having taken 48 cruises. But their real love was their children and grandchildren, whom he instilled a passion for learning.
Mr. Michelson was preceded in death by his wife; parents Cecilia and Chris; sisters Mary and husband Oscar; Mildred and husband Milton; Isabelle and husband Bill; Katherine and husband Sam; and Elsie; brothers Earl and wife Ethel; Peter and wife Mabel; Chris and wife Claire; and beloved granddaughter Christen. He is survived by three children and three grandchildren: Dr. Marie Michelson, husband Dr. Jim Beattie, and grandson James and wife Jean; Father Chris Michelson, pastor of St. Albert the Great Church; and Carol Ritchie, husband Mark, and grandchildren Jennifer and Stephen.
Mr. Michelson was an accomplished engineer, with advanced degrees from the universities of Kentucky and Tennessee. He worked for TVA from 1952- 80, and from 1980-83 he was a Nuclear Regulatory Commission director. In 1995, at retirement, he was given the Meritorious Service Award by the U.S. government. He was a Navy veteran.
Because of COVID-19, the funeral Mass for Mr. Michelson was private. Memorials may be made to the St. Albert the Great Building Fund: 7200 Brickey Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918.