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SSG Michael Lee Deason passed away August 31, 2006, in Adwar, Iraq, in combat, at the age of 28 years, 1 month & 8 days. Michael was born on July 23, 1978, in Farmington, MO., & was preceded in death by: Grandmother, Wanda Willis; a Cousin, Julia Willis & a Step-Grandmother, Leora Wofford.
Michael was: * a 1996 graduate of North County H.S., where he was very athletic & played sports; he later was a "walk-on" basketball player at Mineral Area College, & graduated from M.A.C.; * he joined the ARMY in April 2000, & was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY; * he married Tiffany Aldridge Nov. 5, 2003, & was in Iraq when both children were born; * Michael was a Staff Sergeant with the 101st Airborne & made the elite 'Army Rangers' * Michael originally joined for 3 yrs; completed his enlistment & then re-upped for 4 addt'l yrs; * he was awarded the 'Combat Action Patch' & recently awarded a 'Bronze Star' while in Iraq; * Michael was very proud to be serving his country & could see the difference he was making; * Michael Attended Farmington First Assembly of God Church as a child.
Survivors include: his WIFE: Tiffany Nicole 'Aldridge' Deason; 1 SON; Jayden Deason (2 yrs old); 1 DAUGHTER: Kayler Deason (9 mos old) his MOTHER: Terry Galloway, all of Farmington; his FATHER & Step-Mother: David (& Cindy) Deason, of Desloge; SISTERS: Ashley Deason, of Desloge; Linda 'Willis' (Mrs. Brian) Abbott, of Terre du Lac; BROTHER: Ryan Galloway, of Farmington; 2 NIECES: Caroline & Kelsi Abbott; NEPHEW: Karsten Abbott. Also, StepGrandparents: Arthur & Mabel Wofford, of Farmington; many Aunts; Uncles; Cousin; & a Grandmother in Germany.
VISITATION: Saturday, 5-9 pm, @ TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL.
Visitation resumes : Sunday, 7 - 11 am @ TAYLOR CHAPEL
FUNERAL : Sunday, 2 pm, Sept. 10th @ Farmington 1st Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Bradley Dush & Rev. Hugh Cerutti officiating.
Interment: Big River Cemetery - Irondale, MO.
Memorials to : * The Michael Deason Memorial Fund benefiting Jayden & Kayler Deason. Make checks payable to: The Michael Deason Memorial Fund & mail to Taylor Funeral Service, Inc. - PO Box 12 - Farmington, MO. 63640-0012