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Retired S/MSGT Ernest C. Michael Sr., age 94, went to see his lord in his home on June 26,l 2013 in San Antonio. He was born Jan. 20, 1919 to Ernesto Villarreal and Mary Hilda Lee, in Tivoli, Texas. He is the oldest grandchild of Santana Villarreal and Conception Charo and William "Willie" Lee and Lucinda de la Garza.
Ernest natural father passed away of Influenza, Dec 1918, one month before he was born. He was then raised briefly by his grandparents, then by his loving step-father Charles Michael and mother Mary Hilda.
Ernest served in the Army Air Corps from June 7, 1941, then when the Air Force split off from the Army, he served in the Air Force until his retirement in Feb 31, 1968. He saw two tours in Vietnam. After he retired, he worked for Civil Service at Laredo Air Force Base and Corpus Christi.
Ernest is survived by his wife of 30 years Felipa Rodriguez and his children from previous marriages Debra Michael and Granddaughter Nikiana, Ernest C. Michael Jr & wife Dorothy and Ernest Michael Jr's children from previous marriages Ernest Glen, Cary, Jonell, Ernest, & Chris, Daughter Mary Jonell Michael and husband Donald K. McGriff and their children Donald E. and Kathleen A. Pitt and husband Will Pitt, Stepson William K. Michael and wife Victoria, and his children from previous marriage Ruby & James.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Wednesday July 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Air Force Honors.
Published in Express-News on June 30, 2013