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Michael Wayne Rauls

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RAULS Mr. Michael Wayne Rauls, 59, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Monday, September 1, 2008 in the V.A. Medical Center in Lake City, following an extended illness. A native and longtime resident of Jacksonville, Mr. Rauls was the son of the late Mike & Hilda Shirley Greene Rauls. A veteran of the United States Marine Corp., Michael served in Vietnam and was awarded several medals including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for individual bravery in combat. Following his service he returned to Jacksonville and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business and owned and operated the Mike Rauls Company, specializing in contracting & construction. Michael's spare time was spent volunteering and anonymously donating for those in need, especially at the Fort White Thrift Shop Outreach in Fort White, Florida. Michael is survived by his uncle and aunt, Acy and Cassie Green of Lake City, Florida; his cousin and caregiver, Connie Moseley of Fort White, Florida and a close friend, Fred Mays of Jacksonville, Florida. Numerous other family members and friends also survive. Graveside memorial services for Michael will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 10:30am in the Jacksonville Memory Gardens (111 Blanding Blvd.) in Orange Park, Florida. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be sent to Michael's beloved mission, The Fort White Community Thrift Shop Outreach, P.O. Box 996, Fort White, Florida 32038. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City. (752-1234 or 752-2211) Please sign our on-line family guestbook at www.parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 14, 2008
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