MSG Raymond Linden Michael, Jr., US Army (Ret) passed away on September 9th, 2021 at the age of 85 under the care of hospice at home. He was born to the late Raymond Linden Michael Sr. and Audrey Louise (Shank) Michael on February 4th, 1936 in Romney, West Virginia.
Raymond bravely served our country as a member of the United States Army. After 21 years of dedicated service, he retired as a Master Sergeant and became a ROTC Instructor for Dixie Hollins High School in Pinellas County for 15 years.
In 1991 he and his wife Patricia made Citrus County their home and he dedicated much of his time to faithfully serving in the local Baptist churches and throughout the community.
Raymond was a member of and very involved in multiple veteran organizations and other societies including the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 776, Citrus County Veterans Coalition, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign War, Korean War Veterans Chapter 192, American Legion Post FL #0225, Vine Grove Lodge #603 and Osiris Shrine in Wheeling, West Virginia. In the late 1960's, he was appointed as a Kentucky Colonel by the State Governor.
He loved fishing and participated in many bass fishing tournaments with his buddies. Working in the yard and tinkering in his many tool sheds were among his favorite pass times. Family was very important to Raymond and family get-togethers were numerous and memorable.
Those left to cherish Raymond's memory are his wife of 64 years, Patricia; his children, Michael C. Michael of Inverness, FL, Raymond L. Michael III (wife Barbara) of Hernando, FL, and Mark A. Michael of Seminole, FL; his sister, Peggy St. Marie; his five grandchildren, Michael Jr., Sarah, Andrew (wife Sheena), Amanda, and Chase; his great
-grandchild, Roxanne; and (Kathy) mother of Michael Jr. and Sarah, and (Paige) mother of Chase.
A Celebration of Life is being held on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church of Inverness, FL. Raymond will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on a date to be approved by the cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Sep. 15, 2021.