OBITUARY

Raymond Duane Michaels Jr.

December 26, 1945April 8, 2019
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Raymond Duane Michaels Jr. (Retired Chief Master Sergeant, USAF), 73, of Belleville, IL, born December 26, 1945 to the late Raymond Duane and Betty Adele (nee Ford) Michaels Sr. in Nashville, TN, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Ray worked his entire career with the United States Air Force and retired from Scott Air Force Base with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was an avid Cardinals baseball fan and didn’t miss a NASCAR race. In his spare time he enjoyed golf and kept a meticulous yard. He always enjoyed the outdoors and he was especially fond of hot weather. His true love was his dedication to his family and friends. Those left to cherish Ray’s memory include his loving wife, Mary (nee Doyle) Michaels; daughters, Rachael (Kirk) Levo; Theresa (Eddie) Steele; Rebecca (George) Bala; Pam (Craig) Sisson; son, Daniel (Daphne) Michaels; grandchildren, Sean Levo; Courtney Levo; Jared Levo; Blake Steele; Wade Steele; Dylan Bala; Abby Bala; Emma Bala; Gavin Bala; Nick Sisson; Madi Sisson; Ashton Michaels; Tim Moss; Peyton Moss; brother, Billy (Diane) Michaels; sisters; Janet (Philip) Warner; Patty Danner; Marilyn Elam; as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Visitation: Friends may gather with the family 4-8 pm Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral home. Friends may also gather with the family from 10-11 am Monday, April 15, 2019 at the funeral home. Service: The funeral service to celebrate Ray’s life will be conducted at 11 am Monday, April 15, 2019 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home with Deacon Jim Law officiating. Burial: Following the funeral service, Ray will be laid to rest with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Building 31 Room 5A48 31 Center Drive, MSC 2486 Bethesda, MD 20892 Or The Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, 2425 N. Illinois St. Swansea, IL 62226.

  • DONATIONS

  • National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute
  • Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, April 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Raymond Duane Michaels Jr.

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Dana (Luddeke) Carroll

April 11, 2019

Ray was a great guy. Thanks to the family for sharing all the wonderful pictures. Hope Heaven can handle him!

Brenda Determan

April 10, 2019

He taught me to give people a chance. Who's to say that people can't change for you he would say. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have given Duane a chance. I loved this man 💙. I will miss you !!!! Rip my friend 💔



Tonya Manzella

April 10, 2019

My dear friend, until we meet again. I am sure going to miss you. Prayers for Mary and the family. God bless all of you.

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