Founder of Toledo Ronald McDonald House dies

Sharon Toth, Don Michel and his wife Venice Michel at the Fifth Third field Hen's suite, Aug. 25, 2017. Courtesy Barbara Hendel/The Blade
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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Sad news about a man who left a tremendous mark on children's charities in Toledo.

Don Michel, one of the founders of Toledo's Ronald McDonald House, has died.

Michel was a childhood friend of Toledo native and "MASH" star Jamie Farr and helped start the Jamie Farr LPGA Tournament, which is now the Marathon Classic.

Michel was a McDonald's franchise owner who got other franchise owners to help underwrite the first tournament in 1984, which benefited the Ronald McDonald House and other children's charities and has every tournament since.

Michel was there in August to support his old friend when the city rededicated a plaque at Jamie Farr Park.

Jamie said tonight, "Without Don, there never would have been a tournament. He was the person who made it all happen. The city of Toledo and all of the charities who have received funds from the tournament owe Don Michel an enormous gratitude. Joy and I wish his devoted wife Venice and their entire family our love and prayers. He was like a brother to us. May the Lord embrace him."