OBITUARY

Michael Louis Angel

February 8, 1956August 7, 2011

Funeral services for Michael L. Angel, 55, of Killeen, will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Travis Sullivan will officiate. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home.

Mr. Angel passed away Sunday evening in a Temple Hospital.

Michael Louis Angel was born February 8, 1956 in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania to Louis and Cherrie (Hartman) Angel.

He served in the United States Marines from 1973 to 1979. He attended University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Texas A&M University graduating with a Master of Science degree. Mr. Angel worked as a Bio Chemist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Louis Angel in 1987.

He is survived by his mother, Cherrie Angel of Killeen; a brother, Harold Angel and his wife, Red, of Tyler; two sisters, Cheryl Cooley, and Linda Angel and her husband, Stephen, all of Killeen; and ten nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church in Killeen or to Twin City Missions in Bryan, Texas.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com

Arrangements under the direction of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Killeen, TX.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 11, 2011
REMEMBERING

Michael Louis Angel

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harold Angel

July 11, 2012

I miss you brother. Do the Happy Dance with John till I get there

James Cooley

August 12, 2011

Uncle Mike will always be in my heart and on my mind. My favorite moments with Uncle Mike were on Sunday afternoons that I spent at my grandmother's house after church. Laying on the carpet in front of her console TV watching Bob Ross paint his "happy trees". Changing channels back and forth between that and a show about the different types of fighter planes that have had an impact on wars. Those were some of my favorite times as a kid. Lying on my stomach next to Uncle Mike and asking him question after question, and he would answer every single one. For the longest time I wanted to fly in the Air Force because I wanted to be able to talk planes and impress him.

Mike's Sisters & Brother

August 12, 2011

Michael's Life
as told by his sisters and brother

When we were kids, we did everything together. Dad called us his little wild Indians. When we walked anywhere Cheryl and Michael would walk in front of Mom holding hands, and Mom would walk behind them holding Linda's and Harold's hands.

When we played, Mike was always the leader. Everyone who knows him will not be surprised to hear that he planned exactly what we would do, who would be what, and when it was time to change games. He even made up games. Our favorite was "run away kids". We ran away by spaceship from our wicked step-mother. We used to drive our mother crazy with that one. Of course, Michael was the pilot and Cheryl was the navigator. The little kids were just along for the ride, but there was always an adventure and Mike was always the hero that saved us.

Christmas was our favorite time of year. It still is for all of us. Maybe it is because no matter what, no matter where Dad was, he came home for Christmas. So for Christmas we have special stories and memories. For example, Michael also led the way for "Operation Midnight". This involved months of planning every year to get ready for Christmas. Looking back, we're not sure what the planning was about since the basic concept never changed. Mike waited until the parents went to sleep on Christmas Eve, then he woke up the rest of us so we could look at the presents under the tree. His rules were strict - you had to stay about 5 feet away from the tree and you couldn't touch anything. After we looked for what seemed like an hour, we'd throw Harold into Dad and Mom's room to wake them up - hey, he was little back then and Mike figured he was still cute enough that they wouldn't kill him.

A couple of the things about Mike really stood out. First, he had a dry sense of humor and wicked since of justice. Harold has the best story demonstrating just how ingenious Michael could be. Harold got in to Mike's collectable comics - one his prize possessions. Michael took the mouthpiece from Harold's brand-new trombone and filled it from top to bottom with peanut butter mixed with cayenne pepper. He put it back in the case and didn't say a word when Harold headed out to school the next day trombone in hand. This story is particularly ironic considering the fact that Michael ended up giving Harold all of his comics before he passed away.

Mike had a strong sense of self his entire life. This became clear when he was a baby and bit the puppy back when the puppy bit him. He never missed a day of school, refused to charge his lunch the day he forget his lunch money, and never, never let anybody pick on his family.

Just to be clear, he wasn't always tough; he had a soft side too. He secretly fed stray cats and was known to get attached to children even though he would call them rug rats, ankle biters, or curtain climbers. He used to say Linda's daughter Cheri didn't talk because she didn't have anything that anyone else deserved to hear.

When he joined the Marines at 17 years old, he got his first chance to be a "Lonely child". It was something we had heard our whole lives. He'd get fed up with us and announce, "I wish I were a lonely child" - it was his favorite response when we came to him for entertainment ideas or solutions to our problems. He was our leader - who else could we go to? He didn't really get away though, when he was a marine they made him a "duty daddy" and he got to be the leader for the whole barracks full of jar heads. He came home after 6 years. Big brother for 3 siblings was enough for him.

After Dad passed away in 1987, Mike stepped up and took responsibility leading the family. He made sure Mom had what she needed and we stayed "in-line". Nobody ever had to worry that they wouldn't have help from Mike if they asked. Mike never said no - but sometimes we had to listen to a lecture before he rescued us from our own bad decisions.

Like we've said, Mike is our leader. He led the way our whole life, and now he's leading the way again. We know he's in Heaven. We know he's with our Heavenly Father and we know he's with our Dad. Mostly we know that in the blink of an eye, we'll all be up there with him. But for a short time, he's a lonely child, and we're all lonely here without him.

Joel Klumpp

August 11, 2011

I worked with Mike and was always impressed with his expertise and friendliness. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

August 11, 2011

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
We will miss Mike; he touched so many of our lives.
What I am feeling right now is hard to put into words.
May the Almighty God fine a place in his kingdom for his soul.
May the Almighty God console the Angle family for the irrepairable loss.
I worked with Mike for six years and he always has answers for my questions.

Josephs Anudokem, Sr., Temple, Texas

The Griffet's

August 11, 2011

Thank you Lord for letting one of your angels bless our family for so many years. Mike was a true friend through thick and thin. He was never short on wity comebacks and jokes. Mike you will be missed tremendously. Our love and prayers go out to the Angel family for this great loss. Mike was truly one in a million.

Robby Ozment

August 11, 2011

My prayers are with Michael's family. I worked with Mike for several years and enjoyed his company. I will always remember that any time I was selling popcorn or cookies for my kids and Mike heard that it benefited the Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts, he would come to buy something. He wouldn't even know what he was going to buy, just that he was going to buy something.
We had a couple of things in common. We enjoyed a friendly competition of who's car got the best gas mileage. He loved that his CRX beat my Civic every time. We also enjoyed a good wisecrack. I hope I made him smile as much as he made me.

Tim Blackmon

August 10, 2011

My prayers and condolences to the family for your loss. I enjoyed working with Mike and we will miss his sense of humor at the office.

Polly Porter

August 10, 2011

Mike was friendly and helpful, but seemed annoyed if I said he was nice. Because he preferred a more ornery image, I started calling him our resident curmudgeon. I knew full well that was not accurate, but it appeared to please him. To me, that constant smile seemed more of a mischievous grin barely holding back the next wisecrack! His laugh was genuine and heartfelt. I enjoyed visiting with him about cooking (some of us were privileged to be taste-testers) and music (he preferred the oldies). He gave honest and straight answers, and he was so very smart and quite good at his job. Mangel, as some of his colleagues referred to him, provided a splash of character to our organization. He will be dearly missed.

To those of you who loved him as only family can, you have my deepest sympathies.

Priscilla Symank

August 10, 2011

I will miss Michael. He was always a good listener and kind person. His sense of humor and witty remarks would make you smile. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his family and friends.