OBITUARY

Victor Michael Ababa

April 5, 1984February 4, 2021
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Victor Michael “Mike” Abatayo Ababa lost his battle to COVID on 04 February 2021.

Mike was born on 05 April 1984 to Victor and Mercy Ababa in Cebu, Philippines. Mike is the oldest of 4. Mike spent his childhood in California and Hawaii, due to his father’s career in the U.S Navy. Mike claimed Hawaii as home and the islands always made him smile and breathe a bit easier. The islands meant a lot to Mike, and he longed to return to them. The sound of the ocean waves, the smell of the salt air, and laid back island vibe made him happy. Mike carried “Aloha” with him wherever he went. He was always smiling and positive, just wanting to make people feel at ease. Mike graduated from Radford High School in 2002 and joined the U.S Air Force.

Mike completed Basic Military Training in April of 2003. From there, he went on to technical training at the 343d Training Squadron to learn his job as an Air Force Defender. Once he completed technical training, he headed to his first base, it was there his life changed forever. Mike was stationed at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. He met his future wife, Maxine, during in-processing and they became inseparable. The following year was an exciting one for Mike and Maxine. They got married, found out they were expecting their first child, and Mike deployed for the first time. In early 2005, their first son Jonathan was born. In the fall of 2005, they underwent their first PCS as a family. Their next adventure was at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Here, Mike deployed numerous times and they welcomed their second son, Justin in 2007. Mike was selected for a remote tour to Korea in 2010 and once his tour was complete, the family moved to Yokota Air Base, Japan. This assignment was a favorite of the entire family, especially Mike. Mike loved all things anime and Japanese food. Surprisingly, their next assignment took them to the United Kingdom, where they welcomed their son, Jordan. It was also here, that Mike was medically retired in 2016 due to injuries he sustained while on active duty.

After much discussion, Mike and Maxine decided to relocate to San Antonio, Texas and start their life after the military. Life was good for the Ababa family. They bought a beautiful home, settled into a new routine, and lived a happy life.

That life came crashing down in January of 2021 when the entire family tested positive for COVID and Mike ended up having to go to the hospital. Mike bravely fought the hardest battle of his life and sadly lost his fight to COVID.

Mike is survived by his mother and father, Mercy and Victor, his wife Maxine, his three children Jonathan, Justin, and Jordan, and many other family members both here in the U.S and the Philippines.

Aloha.

Til Valhalla.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Lakia Jones

March 5, 2021

For all of your selfless acts, for being a great friend and coworker, for putting other’s before yourself, for being a man of your word, for being a man of great character, for always being there, for your positive attitude no matter the situation. I want to thank you Victor for being a light. Victor had an amazing smile and a great sense of humor. Your character has been made known by your love for yourself and others. I’ll miss you dearly but I’ll see you again on that great day. John 13:35

Patricia Smith

March 4, 2021

I've only had an opportunity to work with Victor in the Information Protection office a short while but I will always remember his wonderful big smile. He was happy all the time and never hesitated to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was such a kind soul and he will be truly missed. My prayers to his beautiful family! 🙏

Adrian Macias

March 4, 2021

I only knew Victor for a short time, but the one thing that I will always remember Victor for is his smile and laugh. We will miss you Vic and we will see you again!

Love
Adrian Macias

Jennifer Konrath

March 3, 2021

I wish I had a photo, or better yet a video, to go with this memory. It was the SFS Christmas Party at Alconbury in 2015.
Everyone was on the dance floor and somehow a dance-off broke out. This guy comes waltzing out to the floor, a bit unassuming and very by surprise, and starts to break dance! It brought the house down!
Who was this guy? Mike Ababa, the Dancing King!

Patrick Ewing

March 1, 2021

I had the honor and privilege of working with and becoming great friends with Vic at JBSA this past year. His dedication to duty, great work ethic and sense of humor made it so much fun. When we each bought American muscle cars it was cool to arrive at inspections together on base and watch heads turn. Vic made such a wonderful impact on everyone he came in contact with. Fair Winds and Following Seas brother until we see each other again.

Carter Fanning

March 1, 2021

Victor was an amazing guy. I had the pleasure of working with him a very short time at Altus AFB, and again recently at JBSA. I can't speak highly enough of his work ethic and job knowledge. He was always positive and smiling. He was one of the most dependable people I have ever worked with; always willing to help out with any crazy task, not just to get the job done, but to help out his co-workers. He will be sincerely missed. I will be praying for the family.

Nickolaus Bishop

February 25, 2021

Mike and I were roommates our our first deployment. My strongest memories of him mostly revolve around his humor and just genuinely happy personality. I will never forget how happy he was talking about Maxine and wanting to get home for the birth of his first child. Like so many military friends we drifted apart after the deployment and each of us PCSing away. Although we had not seen or talked to each other in many years the pain of his loss is immense. Maxine, he loved you so much, I know you being with him made him incredibly happy. Jonathan, I knew you only as an infant Justin and Jordan I have not met you but all three of you should know your dad was a great person.

Mike, rest easy buddy you are missed.

Boniface Sapno

February 24, 2021

Great time and memories while we were stationed at Yokota AB Japan Mike! We will miss you! Rest well bro!

Brent Paul

February 23, 2021

Mike was one of my favorite people on the planet. I mentioned at his going-away lunch at Yokota, that I could sum Mike up in three statements: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do...Mike embodied these AF core values. My favorite memory of him, was when I was planning the unit holiday party, I would get stressed out and start yelling. Whenever I did, he would play Christmas music to calm me down...even if I was down the hall. He has the biggest heart and took care of me when he was my troop and friend. Mike was instrumental in helping us move from Japan to Texas, to the point where my wife couldn't believe someone so selfless could exist: she called him "Angel". I love you brother and you will be truly missed.

Jack Jansheski

February 21, 2021

Vic was a standout investigator, the kind that always cracked the case. Despite doing a job which can be tough on the soul, he was always such a bright personality in our unit. He was a natural leader, the kind that leads from the heart, the kind that you’d follow because you knew he cared. I always admired how close he was to his boys; I think he knew all the Pokémon characters and even collected cards with them! Vic impacted everyone who met him; I consider myself lucky to know him and Maxine and even luckier to have served with them both.

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Biography

Mike was born on 05 April 1984 to Victor and Mercy Ababa in Cebu, Philippines. Mike is the oldest of 4. Mike spent his childhood in California and Hawaii, due to his father’s career in the U.S Navy.

Mike claimed Hawaii as home and the islands always made him smile and breathe a bit easier. The islands meant a lot to Mike, and he longed to return to them. The sound of the ocean waves, the smell of the salt air, and laid back island vibe made him happy. Mike carried “Aloha” with him wherever he went. He was always smiling and positive, just wanting to make people feel at ease. Mike graduated from Radford High School in 2002 and joined the U.S Air Force.

Mike completed Basic Military Training in April of 2003. From there, he went on to technical training at the 343d Training Squadron to learn his job as an Air Force Defender. Once he completed technical training, he headed to his first base, it was there his life changed forever. Mike was stationed at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. He met his future wife, Maxine, during in-processing and they became inseparable. The following year was an exciting one for Mike and Maxine. They got married, found out they were expecting their first child, and Mike deployed for the first time. In early 2005, their first son Jonathan was born. In the fall of 2005, they underwent their first PCS as a family. Their next adventure was at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Here, Mike deployed numerous times and they welcomed their second son, Justin in 2007. Mike was selected for a remote tour to Korea in 2010 and once his tour was complete, the family moved to Yokota Air Base, Japan. This assignment was a favorite of the entire family, especially Mike. Mike loved all things anime and Japanese food. Surprisingly, their next assignment took them back to the United Kingdom. Surprisingly, their next assignment took them to the United Kingdom, where they welcomed their son, Jordan. It was also here, that Mike was medically retired in 2016 due to injuries he sustained while on active duty.

After much discussion, Mike and Maxine decided to relocate to San Antonio, Texas and start their life after the military. Life was good for the Ababa family. They bought a beautiful home, settled into a new routine, and lived a happy life.

Mike found work as as security manager first for SwRI and then for the Air Force as a civilian. He reconnected with old friends and made a few new ones. He pursued his passions and bought his dream car.

Unfortunately in mid-January of 2021 the entire family tested positive for COVID and Mike ended up having to go to the hospital. Mike bravely fought the hardest battle of his life and sadly lost his fight to COVID.

Throughout the years, Mike lived a good life. He deployed many times, made amazing friends that turned into family, and created his own family with the love of his life.