Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Michael Ray VanVliet

10 abril , 19835 octubre , 2019

Michael R VanVliet, SSGT, USMC, of Hubert, departed this life on 5 October 2019. He was 36 years old. SSGT VanVliet was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. He served his country proudly and with honor for 18 years.

Michael was a beloved mentor and friend to all that had the privilege to know him. Outside of his military duty, he loved to work with his hands, play softball, coaching football, volunteering his time to MSKA, and riding his motorcycle. He had a special love for spending time with his sons and wife. Michael was an amazing father and husband. He will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Ronald VanVliet. He is survived by his mother, Renee VanVliet; Grandparents, Jack and Debby VanVliet; Aunt, Nina Nelson; Aunt, Barbara Hoover; Mother and Father in Law, Ann and Terry Oltmanns, Sisters in Law: Kim Hester (Neal), Ruthanne Duffy (Matt), Evelyn Paxton, Liezl Hopkins (David), and Tera Bernard (Michael); Brothers in Law: Barry Wayne Hoover, Raymond Garcia (Mia), and Todd Oltmanns (Heather); Brothers: Steven Nuckolls (Monica), and Joshua Nuckolls; Sister Amanda Hernandez (Michael); Two beloved Sons: Dominic and Xander VanVliet; And his loving Wife, Barbara VanVliet.

Service to honor his memory will be held on Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 1000 at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.


  • Memorial Service jueves, 10 octubre , 2019


Michael Ray VanVliet

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Jane Doe

enero 12, 2020

Missing you never really goes away. I can just be doing something and suddenly i get flashes of you, memories of what once was and the earth shattering realization that we will never have that again. We’ll never make new memories. Your gone and that’s a hard reality to accept sometimes. Life feels a little less brighter without you here. You were tangible sunshine and i wish with everything inside of me that the world could of basked in your warmth a little longer. I want to smile cause i met you, i knew you but i want to cry cause your not here, your gone for good. Barbara, wherever you are. I hope you are doing good. I hope the kids are adjusting to this cruel new reality. No words can ever make this lost okay. All we can do is keep him alive in our hearts and memories.

Wilfredo Ballestero

enero 12, 2020

:,( I remember when I first hit the fleet marine force as a young Marine, Michael picked myself and another friend (Cindy) up to check in. He led us at work and open his home up to us, at his house his wife Barbara cooked for us and we would hang out with his two boys. I love you bro thank you :,( I miss you!

T Jake and dogs DB

octubre 10, 2019

Just a Marine family that read about the loss of another Marine and sadly understands how this feels. The unimaginable loss...
You’re in our hearts.
May you be surrounded by loving people. Praying for you all to have strength. Its obvious from all accounts here how much Staff Sergeant Van Vliet loved his family and fellow Marines. May that love carry you to live a life that honors Staff Sergeant Van Vliet always.
God bless you all

Noel Ramirez

octubre 9, 2019

Michael and Barbara welcomed me into their home when I was stationed thousands of miles away from my home. I ate dinner with Michael and his family. He would often advise me on things I could improve on and make it clear when I was doing things correctly. I truly looked up to this man, he was kind and loving. The way he played with his kids showed me that great fathers do exist, you reached out to me in some of my darkest moments. I love my friend, and I'll miss you!

David Hopkins

octubre 9, 2019

Our family came down stayed together working on his motorcycle one day, in his drive way with him, we were just talking about his family, future retirement from the marines & the love he had for his wife and sons. He loved hanging out with us when we came into town to visit and when they came and stayed and all we talked about was getting together more. I remember meeting him for the 1st time 10 years ago , I had this idea of a typical marine , cool as can be , typical jarhead, which wasn’t entirely true , but close , getting to know him he was just so much more than what was on the cover. It was just great sense of love and wholeness , having him and the family around all together, with all of ours, all as one big cluster of families.

Patty Vechery

octubre 9, 2019

I was privileged to know this family for almost three years at Brewster Middle School. Michael was truly a loving husband and father. He was involved in every aspect of his boys lives. It breaks my heart to think about the large void his death will have on his family and friends. He was always friendly and smiling.
As Marine Corps family, you will be missed, brother. God speed!

David and Sherri Tomlin

octubre 8, 2019

Michael will truly be missed. We send our most sincere condolences to the Van Vliet family.

Elona Benefiel

octubre 8, 2019

Michael, I will always cherish those huge family dinners at our house during the holidays in Sacramento when you boys were teenagers. Rest in Peace my dear.

Jennifer Murphy

octubre 8, 2019

Ssgt VanVliet was a great person and had a great sense of humor. He made everyone laugh on a daily basis. He will be missed by all of us.