John "Ron Stryker" Schuyler Michel II, 51, Bristol, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 10, 1968, in Evanston, Illinois, to John S. Michel Sr. and Penelope Roberts.
On Feb. 4, 2006, he married Stephanie Ann Knepp; she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Solange Alysse Michel; and a son, John Schuyler Michel III; his father and stepmother, John (Cathy) Michel Sr., Aurora, Illinois; and his mother Penelope (Bill, deceased) Roberts, Urbana, Virginia; two brothers, Jeff (Kelley) Michel, Middletown, Ohio, and Chris Michel, Woodstock, Georgia.
Stryker was known for his big personality and loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed playing hockey and working outside in his lawn and landscaping, a place that he cherished since it was his grandparents' farmhouse.
He had worked for 17 years as the program director at FM 103.9 "The Bear" and had also been the creative director at Federated Media. Stryker was a beer enthusiast, especially craft beer, and co-hosted the program "Music To My Beers" with Stryker/Warren/Zach. He was the house announcer for Notre Dame men's basketball.
His true passion and love in life was his family, especially his wife and two children, whom he had the opportunity to coach in softball and soccer.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Crossroads Community Church, 57415 Alpha Drive, Goshen, with Pastor Dan Puckett officiating from the Granger Community Church, Elkhart.
A private burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be given to Faith Mission or Center for the Homeless.
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Mick Stewart
Sep 18, 2019
Deepest condolences and sympathy to Ron's family. I worked with Ron at Rockin' 101/WHMH years ago in the early 90's and am shocked to hear of his passing. Many great memories from those days! He was a great talent, with a gift and true passion for radio. RIP old friend.
Jeff Maskos
Sep 14, 2019
It is so hard to believe. He was my best friend in High school. Even though I haven’t seen him in years we were always able to pick up where we left off. He will be missed by many! Prayers to his family and close friends.
Christine Black-Reimel
Sep 13, 2019
I knew Ron many years ago and he was always so funny and wonderful. I send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends. I am so very sorry for you loss.
Brock Sanders
Sep 13, 2019
He was just the epitome of cool, he was larger than life, and he was an amazing person. I'm praying for all of y'all.
Alex Strati
Sep 13, 2019
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Alex & Michelle Strati
Sep 13, 2019
our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

we are so profoundly sorry for your loss.
Victoria "HawkeyGirl" Hyland
Sep 13, 2019
There are no words that can express the depth of my sadness for Ron's family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a big part of my day every weekday and I loved hearing "that voice" on the air.

Whenever I saw him in person, we always talked Blackhawks hockey, and those convos will always be a special memory of him for me. He was truly a Renaissance man and will be missed forever by all of his loyal listeners and fans of the man we knew as Stryker.

R.I.P., Ron - we will always remember you with great love for the wonderful man that you were.
Dusty umphrey
Sep 13, 2019
For years he narrated my day with his voice through hard times an good. I could always turn on the bear an Ron would have something to say tht would crack me up. Ill never forget an hour an a half long conversation about highly suspect with him. Thanks for all the amazing memories you will be forever missed. Tell the good reverend ryno I said hello.