Former KTRB engineer (1980's) Clyde Elmer Michael, 79, of Parsons, Kansas died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita,Kansas. He had been in failing health since 1993. He was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Liberal, Kansas to Charles Elmer “Sam” and Lois Edna (Duncan) Michael. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. His primary duties were as an aircraft electrician on heavy bombers, B-36s and B-52s. He also served as a special weapons technician.
Following his discharge, he worked as a TV and two-way radio technician. Clyde held a first class radiotelephone license issued by the Federal Communications Commission and built several radio stations and served as chief engineer in Kansas, Arizona and California. He was also a licensed amateur radio operator. He was employed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway as a microwave and computer technician. Clyde was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Daniel “Danny” Michael; two stepchildren, Roger and Richard; and three step grandchildren, Tony, Charlie and Michael.