SSG Michael Lee DEASON

July 23, 1978 ~ August 31, 2006

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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

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  1. Words cannot express the sympathy we feel for Michael's family and friends. He was a hero on earth, and is an angel in Heaven. Prayers are with you all.

  2. To the Family of SSgt Michael Deason, From someone that you do not know. I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I read the story about Michael and it touch my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I am ever so grateful for what Michael and all the other servicemen, servicewomen and veterans have done and are doing for our freedom…GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  3. Mrs. Deason, You do not know me or my family, but when I read your tragic story I cried. I am very sorry for the loss that has been brought to your family. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With Sympathy, Michelle Jost and family

  4. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family. I thank God for our service men and women, but this just seems so unfair for you and your family. My prayers are with you.

  5. i do not know what to say, but my prayers are with all?im a mother of a soldier?and this is one of are scares?but thank you for taking care of our country for us? and god bless u all?

  6. David & Cindy,this breaks my heart.Your son is the age of the babies we were all buying shower gifts for, when we all first started at Flat River Glass and we didn't have a care in the world. These small town boys were raised on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and skate boards. Now they're giving their lifes in a war we never could have imagined would happen. Thank you for raising a hero. God Bless your family and Michael and the MEN and WOMEN that are still there or waiting to go.

  7. To the family of Michael, we just want you to know how proud we are of your son, husband & father, we don't know one another,but we will keep you in our thoughts & prayers, hoping all your good memories, will somehow ease the pain of your great loss, may God be with you.

  8. David, Cindy, Ashley, My heart goes out to you all. I cant begin to feel what you all are feeling and are about to be going thru in the next few weeks. Cindy please call me if there is anything I can do!!

  9. Tiffany, once again, I think of you all the time and what you are going through. Please stay strong and remember I am always here for you. I haven't known you for very long but feel like I've known you forever. I still can't imagine what you are going through but please remember I am always here for you and if there is anything I can do for you or your family please call. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  10. An angel that fought for our freedom,To his children years from 2006,your father was a hero ,loving to your family. scurried so we all could be a free country , rember alwys by all,and honored by all. May god be with the whole family in these trying times of grief and the healing of the heart be of gods speed.

  11. Mrs. Deason and kids, I do not know what it is like not to have my father around. My grandfather died in World War II. I do know how my dad has longed just to see his grave in France or to hear his voice of advice. I do know that I am very proud of my grandfather (and so is my dad) for the decision he made to sacrifice his life for my freedom. May you know that as much as it hurts, and I know that it does, you can be proud that your husband/father did not die in vain, but for a worthy cause. May our God's Holy Spirit give you guidance and comfort during the days, months and years to come. I wish there were words that could make that pain go away. I would give them to you.

  12. Tiffany, I read the journal and read your story, it saddened me greatly. My heart goes out to you and your kids. Be strong for your kids and keep lots of photos of your hubby around. Your kids will never forget who there dad was even as little as they are as long as you continue to praise him. My husband just left for a one-year rotation in Iraq. We keep lots of phots since we have a little tyke and an older child. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. It tears me apart when I see this happen. Please stay strong.

  13. David, Cindy @ Ashley, We are so sorry for your loss of Michael. He will always be a hero to all americans for serving our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Michaels family. If there is anything we could possibly do to help you through this most difficult time, please let us know. God bless you, Lisa Huitt, Guy, Kayla and Kristina @ Family

  14. Deason Family- You are in my thoughts and prayers, especially those precious little ones. Michael IS a hero! God Bless America! God BLESS the Deason family!

  15. To the Deason family, I am so sorry for your loss. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. If theres anything I can do, just let me know. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  16. David, I have worked with you for over 15 years and I don't think there was a single time when we spoke that you did not mention your son Michael. My heart goes out to you and your family for this tragic loss. Our prayers are with you and our heart breaks with you also. Everytime I even think about your loss I cry. Your son was not only a hero to all of us, but a wonderful son, husband and father. Please know if there is anything that we can do ..all you have to do is call.

  17. To All Family Members. We first of all send our condolences on the death of Michael. You can be so proud of him, for he willingly took a stand for our country and freedom. Parents, our hearts weep along with yours. We know the pain of losing a son. His death happened just a couple months shy of his leaving for the Marines. Please know that you are in our prayers. Tiffany, may your children grow up knowing what a wonderful father they had. He is a hero to all of us and will be especially to the children. God Bless You All.

  18. im so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to the whole family and im glad he was serving our country for our freedom but its so sad it had to end this way may god bless you and comfort you through this trying times hazel

  19. Ms Deason, My heart goes out to you during this time of grief. I know what you are going through as I went through this during the Vietnam War. Your husband is a true hero and he will never be forgotten. I know this does't help you at this time but in the years to come this will be a wonderful tribute for your children. God Bless You and My Prayers are with you continually.

  20. My Deepest sympathy to the Deason Family.May god comfort all of you in your time of sorrow. Jeremy Quinton "Class of 1996" GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  21. My prayers are with you and your family.. And we want to thank your for all that your husband believed in and did for his country. God Bless

  22. I knew Mike in high school and he was the sweetest, nicest, most outgoing person. I am so sorry for your loss, I can not imagine how hard it is for you all. I am so very thankful for those who serve in Iraq, My sister served for 1 year and I worried about every second. I sure he was a great dad and husband. If I can do anything to help please let me know.

  23. I cannot help but think how fruitless any words of mine must be in helping ease your pain, but when I hear of the honor, courage and sacrifice displayed by people like Staff Sgt. Michael Deason. I always think of this prayer. There is an inscription on a Gate at Arlington National Cemetery that reads: " Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held Peace, peace, and farewell…"

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. You husband and son was a hero to our country and i thank him for that. My Husband works for the glass factory and was there the night that he was told. I am so sorry . I read that newspaper article and it made me cry. I have family in the military and it hurts to hear that we lost another soldier. He fought for his country and i thank him for that….. Our prayers are with you and let god be with you through this tragic time……

  25. To the Dease family. You have my deepest sympathy and compassion. As well as admiration for the sacifice your son gave. My son serve in Iraq for one year. I am blessed that he did return home with just mental wounds. I pray for strength and endurance for the days to come. May each day the family grow stronger in love and memories to replace the ache of your loss. Pat Pettus.

  26. I just wanted to express my gratitude for his service to our country. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. I am a Veteran and recently my son tried to serve his country and was injured during training and was medically discharged. I am sorry for your loss. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your loved one but again, I appreciate his sacrifice.

  27. My heart goes out to the family of this HERO. Please trust in God to lead you through the sorrow and know that everyone is proud and thankful for his couragous sacrafice. God Bless you.

  28. To the Deason Family: I was very sadden when i read the paper & saw that one of my fellow classmates had passed away in Iraq. He fought for our country and died for our country. The Deason Family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all through your time of grief and God Bless America. From one of the Class members of 1996.

  29. Tiffany, Kids, Cindy, Ashley and Danny I am so sorry for your loss. When we heard of the news our hearts broke for the family. it hurts the most knowing that those babies won't be able to experience things with Michael and the same for him. When Larry Gremminger asked Craig to walk in the parade by the car in honor of Michael he jumped right too it. He wanted to show respect for a fallen soldier. Our hearts and prayers go out to you guys. Thank you for the sacrifices you have endured while Michael was away fighting for our country. Thank You

  30. Deason Family, We are truly sorry to hear of your lose, he was fighting for our freedom & fighting to get the freedom for the Iraq. We was in Jeff City this weekend for the Pre-Teen America scholarship program for our daughter & some of the girls did speeches of what is a hero to them, many of them said it was the men & women who are over there fighting for us and they are so right. Thank you for sacrificing your beloved son , the almighty God will cradle you in his arms & be with you as you walk this road of grief .

  31. Tiffany, We are so sorry to hear about Mike. We know that God has you and your family in His graces during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. I knew Mike in high school and at MAC. Thinking of him brings a smile to my face…he was always such a good friend and was always able to make my day a little better. He will be missed.

  33. Thank you Michael, you made the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man and it shall not be forgotten. My Sincerest Sympathies to the family

  34. My prayers are with your loved ones. You have made the journey and are reaping your blessings. May the light of your life shine brightly in the lives of your wife and children. God Bless you and all of your loved ones. Your sacrifice will never go unnoticed!



  37. Gosh,I don't even know where to begin.Micheal and I are cousins,there is just so much to say,and not enough time in the world to say it.He was awesome, and i cant beleive he is gone.Tiffany we love you and the kids stay strong!!!

  38. I am so sorry for your loss, I went to high school with Michael and he was a great guy, my father also served in Iraq for over 14 months so I know how hard it is. My prayers are with all of you and your family and also with Michael's babies, I wish I could do more for you all, just keep his memories going and know that he was a good man. Class of 1996 from North County High School. Jaime Ball-Inman

  39. I graduated with Michael in 1996 from North County. He was a very nice, kind, caring person. My husband served in Iraq and Afghanistan both. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Although my husband returned home safely, theres still a deep sadness to lose someone who went to help make us free, someone like our husbands that went to fight for our country, our children and all our loved ones. I have 3 children myself. GOD BLESS THE USA and all the military men and woman. GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL, a true American Hero. You will be missed.

  40. Dear Deason Family, My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Mike was a wonderful man and always put a smile on everyones face. My heart goes out to all of you. Sincerely, Jenn Reed

  41. You do not know me, but I wanted to extend my condolences to your family. May God bless and keep you during this time. Please know that there are people in this world who have never met your loved one, but still appreciate what a true HERO he is! Fellow NC grad, class of 1990.

  42. Terry and the entire family, I am so sorry for you loss. I am very honored to have known Michael and am proud he was serving our country. God Bless everyone. You are in my thougths and prayers. Love Linda

  43. To the Deason family, I graduated from North County with Mike and remember him as a wonderful person who always knew how to put a smile on one's face. I am deeply saddened by his untimely death and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I too have had family and close friends serve our country in this war. I am very proud of all the wonderful people like Mike that unselfishly risk their lives so that Americans and others can live in a world of freedom. Mike, you are a TRUE HERO, and will be missed greatly!

  44. I want to give my condolences to all of your family. It will be hard to let go,for i lost a love on this year,but never forget all the good times and memories for those,for those will keep him alive in your hearts.

  45. To the Deason Family; So sorry for your loss. Being an Army wife of a soldier with the 101st also..I know of the journey you have endured. This is the ending that we always fear, but know God is taking care of everything. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  46. My heart goes out to you and your family with the recent loss of your son,brother,uncle. Michael was a man to be proud of, not just because he served his country proud, but because of the person he was. I may not have known him personally but through Ryan, I have gotten an insight as to the person that Michael was. Our Lord decided that he needed MIchael in heaven to fight the war on evil and against Satan rather than mans war. Just remember that Michael will always be there looking down and out for you all, just look up and talk to him and listen with an open ear and you will here him.

  47. I worked with Michael at Karschs, years ago. He was a great person. I am so sorry for your loss. My sympathy goes out to all of his family, especially his children.

  48. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I didn't know Michael but what he was doing for this country was great… Many thanks to him and your family… May god be with you through your troubled time…

  49. My thought and prayers are with all of you. Mike will always be a hero in my book and I only hope that his children turn out to be as wonderful and as caring a person as their daddy. I'm another member of North County's Class of 1996 who will greatly miss Mike.

  50. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike was one of the many basketball boys that came to our home before every game. Each of the boys were and are special to us and it breaks my hearts to know that such a fine young man is no longer here on earth. But rest assured that he is now seated at the right hand of our Father. We were proud to have known Mike during his high school years, but we are more proud of the man that he became and the sacrifices that he made for each of us. Again, may God comfort you all in this time of sorrow. Joe, Donna, Chad & Dan Smith

  51. Dear Deason Family: I don't know if you remember me but I was welcomed into your house for Thanksgiving in 2001 right before i was shipped off to Afghanistan with brian muller. I was very good friends with your son while he was station at campbell the 1st time and then when we meet again in Iraq I was over joyed to see my friend again. We stayed close when we got back but I moved home when my time was up in 2005 and kind of lost touch with mike. I am truely sadden by this lost and as you know this world is a darker place with out mike. You have my deepest regrets. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Thank you again for your hospitality and thank you again for mike my life is better just from knowing him. sincerely T.J. McDonald

  52. Deason family: There are no words to express my heartfelt sympathy for your family's loss of Michael. I STAND UP and SALUTE him for the freedoms I have today. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  53. My heart goes out to the family of Michael. I just want them to know that I appreciate the sacrifice that was made. He had two beautiful children and I can only imagine the pain that all are and will be going through in the days to come. I will continue to pray for all his family.

  54. My sincere condolences to the Deason family . Staff Sgt. Deason will always be remembered as a true American Hero . My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time. God bless SSGT Deason, and thank you for your service and our Freedom.

  55. My sympathies and prayers go to Mike's wife and family. I went to school with Mike at North County and have fond memories of playing basketball on his dad's drive way with Mike and our friends. People like Mike is what makes this country great. Whenever I think of the word Hero, Mike's smiling face will be the first image I think of.

  56. David, So sad to learn about your son. I know that you treasure many happy memories of Michael and we pray that you find much comfort in them at this time. Your friend, Calvin Milburn

  57. Michael, Dear Son-in-law; Am I worthy to die for? Each morning I will ask myself that question, and then live each day hoping to prove I am, in honor of you.My daughter,Tiffany, loves you with all of her heart so that tells me that you are a great man.Thank you for the love that you gave her, your family, and country, and thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.

  58. Tiff, Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your (and your children's) loss. To have given his life for our country's freedom, to fight terrorism, is a wonderful legacy to leave his children. God bless & strengthen you in the days to come.

  59. Tiffany, I would like to offer my condolences to you, your children, and your family. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  60. My heart breaks that you have lost your precious loved one. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May Gods grace help you through your time of sorrow. Thank you Michael, you are my hero and you will never be forgotten.

  61. You will never be forgotten you will always be in our hearts and prayers,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. condolences from our family to yours,Thank you for defending our country and making us safe.

  62. Michael, Thank You for your service and the ultimate sacrifice you gave. My thoughts and prayers for your family will continue for many many years to come. Our community is great with support. Tiffany, your kids, and the rest of the family will benefit from all the hugs and prayers each of us will give over the months and years to come. Thank You again for your part in the fight for freedom for all. God Bless You and The US, Sandy Shelley

  63. We would like to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you in this time of loss. Just knowing that SSG Deason was fighting for our country not only makes him a hero but a very special and strong kind of person.He will always be in our hearts and prayers as will those who are still fighting for us. God Bless you and your families, May God's love see you through this troubled time.

  64. Thank you for your service to our country. My family is a big military family, some of my brothers have made it their career, and it is so scarey in this day and time. I am so sadden by Michael's families loss and I pray for Micheal's wife and children every day. I was a friend of your Grandma Willis and aunts from working at Parkland Hospital.Please know the community grieves with you. Micheal made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and will not be forgotten.

  65. Mike was a student of mine at NCHS. How could any of us know that the happy guy we knew would be our hero. May God give his family strength and comfort in happy memories. Thank you,Mike, for including me in your brief life.

  66. As I wipe my tears after watching the video tribute, I cannot express enough gratitude for all this young man has done for this country and his family. My heart goes out to all of you. You will remain in my prayers. SSG Michael Deason is truly a Hero!

  67. Tiffany, Jayden, Kayler and the Deason Family: We were so sad when we learned about Michael. Please know that we are thinking of you and wish that we could be there for you. Tiffany, we know that you will make Mike proud raising your children and being strong for them. To Mikes parents, you are in our prayers and we cannot imagine your loss. God Bless you all.

  68. To my extended family, I am blessed to have had Michael as my step nephew and will forever hold his memory near. His love and kindness shined in everything he did and will continue to shine bright in our hearts, he will be greatly missed. Michael touched many lives on this earth, and will now continue his work from above, so smile and say "thank you" whenever you think of Mike. He was and always will be a HERO in our lives and a brilliant example to follow. I love you all.

  69. SSG Michael Lee Deason is an American Hero. It warms your heart to hear so many who volunteer to serve and protect our country and then saddens you when one is lost. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Michael will live on through his family and will not be forgotten. The Biggerstaff Family Home of the Free…Because of the Brave

  70. I want to send my deepest condolences to the Deason Family. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I graduated from North County with Mike. He was thoughtful, quick to make you smile, and willing to help a friend in need. He is a source of inspiration and a true hero.

  71. I don't have the words to try to make your pain any easier. But I wish to thank you for sons service to his country and I will pray for his wife and children.

  72. Tiffany and kids and the rest of the Deason Family members you are in my thoughts and prayers at this dreadful time even though I didn't know Micheal I want you to know that He was a great hero and will always be remembered for giving his life for his country his children should always be told what a Hero their father was.

  73. I didn't know him but I am thankful that he was a brave person and served for our country. I wish all the best for his family and thank you for the sacrifice you have made.

  74. I am in the Army as well and I would just like you to know that I am praying daily for you and your family. Though I didn't know him personally, Sgt. Deason will always be remembered as an American HERO. GOD BLESS!

  75. Dear Family of Michael Deason, We extend our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. We want to thank your husband for the sacrifice he made for our freedom. He was certainly a courageous young man and we are all proud to have known him. May God bless you in the coming days and provide abundantly for you as you raise these two precious children. On behalf of the entire Pritchett family, Leanna Pritchett Thomure

  76. To the Deason family~ My thoughts and prayers go out to you. So many times we take for granted the special men and women who are fighting for our country. I want you to know that I am very appreciative of Michael and will be forever thankful for the bravery he has shown. I can't imagine the loss you must feel, may God comfort and keep you in this difficult time.

  77. To the Deason Families- Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you all! My heart goes out to you for your loss! Thank you for raising such a great American hero! We are so proud of your son, husband, brother, and father! Keep your memories close at heart and he will never leave you!God bless!

  78. We did not know Michael, but were sincerely touched by his commitment and service to our country. He is truly a hero in the best traditions of the United States Military. God bless.

  79. To the Deason family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I didn't know michael but i want to thank him and his family for serving our country. My son is in the air force and presently in iraq and i bless all the men and women who are brave enough to serve. May you find comfort in all the memories he has left behind.

  80. Tiffany, We are so sorry to hear about Mike. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sheila (bandmom) and Mike Powers

  81. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of SSG Michael Lee Deason. Thank you for raising such a wonderful son who would choose to serve our country and to pay the ultimate price. Our prayers are with you through this difficult time. May you find strength in family and friends. We understand your loss, as we to lost our son in Iraq. Thank you SSG Michael Lee Deason for your service to our country, you will never be forgotten. May You Rest In Peace. Gold Star Parents of Cpl Christopher W. Belchik KIA IRAQ 8-22-04

  82. Our family sends its sympathies and prayers at your time of sorrow. Our country owes your family a great debt by giving the ultimate sacrifice. If it weren't for Michael, and families like yours, our country couldn't celebrate the freedoms it now has. Please accept our prayers and thanks for all you have given. The Howard Family

  83. Tiffany: You and your family are in our thoughts in prayers. I was one of your counselors at Farmington High School. My husband is also currently serving in Iraq. On behalf of the Counseling Department and the 110th En Bn, I want to send our condolences and thank your husband for his service to our country.

  84. I wanted to tell this brave young man's family how sorry I am for their loss and to tell them that they are in my prayers. I had not seen Michael in years but am proud to say that I did know him.

  85. David, sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family . If you need anything, just let me know. Flat River Glass friends.

  86. I cannot express the sorrow I feel in my heart for your family. God bless Michael for protecting our country, he truly is a hero. the Lord be with you and yours. With Deepest Sympathy, Carol Ambrose & Family

  87. Michael you were like one of our family. You and Kevin were always together. We enjoyed watching you two grow up to be fine young men. We'll never forget you.

  88. To The Family Of SSG Michael Lee Deason: Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  89. SSG. Deason, Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. We have three children and know it is because of men like you that they will grow up in a FREE Country. God Bless You Tiffany and your Children.

  90. God bless you and your family!! Michael was a true American Hero. My thought and prayers are with you and your children.

  91. may God Bless You,,,may he give u strenght ,, i look at your son and see a man of courage and character,,his life was short,,i sit here in my home,,safe,,because he made it possible,,i wish i could give him his life back,,it fills me with sorrow,,,i am proud to sign,,,thank you for sharing his story,,

  92. Terry, Tiffany and Deason Family – Terry, All of us this week have shared the pain of your loss. Although I did not know your son, I feel that I did through you and the wonderful articles about him. He is a true American hero and I can imagine how proud you are of him. He gave his life for all of us. Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and the family. JoEllen Toler / Koller-Craft Plastics

  93. Tiffany, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. From the few times I met him, I could tell he was a great man. He will live on in your children and in your heart. God Bless You! If you need anything, I am only an email away…

  94. Tiffany- I just sat within the last month and watched you talk on the phone to him at Spokes. I'm not sure what to say except I am so, so sorry. I can't imagine what you are feeling right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers ALWAYS. Please trust God to help you through this. Your Friend, LeeEatte McNail

  95. "You can take the man out of the fight but you can not take the fight out of the man." I would like to thank the Deason family for rasing such a man, who would risk his life to serve and protect us. My condolences go out to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  96. It's hard to say anything when a loved relative passes. Our prayers are with you all.We love and miss you Michael. We will never forget you.You will always stay close to our hearts. Thanks for serving our country!

  97. To the Deason Family: Fred and I would like to express our deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved you. May you find the strength in God to help you through this difficult time.

  98. To the family of Michael Deason, We just want to let you know that you are all in our prayers. May God be with each of you through this hard time. Michael is someone to be very proud of, not only for the person he was, but also for what he gave to this Country and our Freedom. You his family gave this country a very courageous man. There is another HERO in Heaven. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, GOD BLESS AMERICA, GOD BLESS OUR SERVICE PEOPLE.

  99. Deason Family, Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My staff and I are in deep appreciation of Michael's service to us and our country. Deepest Regrets Mark Hedrick, County Clerk & staff

  100. We do not know your family personally, but we want to express our deepest gratitude for your husband & son. We thank you all for such a fine man. Without the brave men and women who serve our country we would not have the freedoms that we all share today. In the days ahead please only hear the positives that are said and ignore the negatives. The people that truly care and love you will be all that matter. Your entire family will be in our prayers and we wish you peace in the months to come. God Bless SSG Michael Deason and his family.

  101. To ALL the DEASON Family, It is so sad to lose such a young person but you can be PROUD- Michael died a HERO for our country. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  102. To all of Michael's Family: May the Good Lord continue to bless our great country because of True American Heroes like Michael. Our prayers will be with you during the many difficult days ahead. The video pictures from Taylor F.H. is a distinguished and fitting tribute for a wonderful person, SSG Michael Deason. God Bless You and All U.S. Military Personnel.

  103. It is so hard to express what I really want to say to you. The thankless job and service that Michael performed 7 days a week, 365 days a year means so much. I will have your family in my prayers. I cannot imagine what you are going through but know that there are those out there that believe in what he stood for and just want to not only thank him for serving to help keep us a free nation but to also thank you for also playing a part in that. You also had to endure alot as he has been gone. I just wanted to say Thank You and you are in my prayers.

  104. To the Deason Family, God Bless you all during these tough times. Michael is someone to be very proud of. He helped to give this Country, Freedom. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  105. Mike Deason was a great hero that served our country like all the other men that are still there.. Mike will be missed by all.. and my heart felt sympathy goes out to the Deason family. The only one I know WELL from the family is Cindy Deason (a co worker) My prayers and sympathy go out to you all.

  106. My Thoughts and prayers are out to all of the family….I am so sorry…But would like to thank Srg Deason for fighting for this country that we live in to keep it free……God Bless you all Amy

  107. To the family of SSG Michael Deason, I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you. I said this poem at my Mom's memorial service and would like to share it with you. It is titled "I'm Not Here". Don't stand by my grave and weep For I'm not there, I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamonds glint of snow I am the sunlight on ripened grain I am the gentle autumn's rain When you awaken in mornings hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circle flight I am the soft stars that shine at night Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die. Michael will be with you every second of the day to watch over all of you. God Bless your family.

  108. Tiff, Jayden & Kayler, We are so sorry for your loss. Michael was a hero, fighting for the right and will be greatly missed. Be stong and love those babies. If you need anything, let us know. You are in our prayers. Love, Aunt Joyce & Uncle Gsle O'Neail

  109. I may have not ever met you but I give many thanks for all that u have done for our country and its so sad to know that u have done this to save our freedom and u will always be in my thoughts and prayer! ur 2nd cousin Casey

  110. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. The sacrifice that your love one made, along with all the other veterans both living and dead, to protect our country and our freedoms will never be forgotten. May one day we all will be joined together in that great place that God has prepared that I might be able to shake his hand to say thank you for his sacrifice.


  112. To Mike's Family and Friends, I have many wonderful memories of Mike. He was a student of mine at NCHS and I will never forget his smile. The last time I saw him I was walking through a crowd in the commons area at MAC. He yelled my name and rushed over to give me a big hug. He was a real sweeheart and I am proud to have known him. God bless his precious family, you are in my prayers.

  113. you and your familey are and forever will be in my thoughts and pryers. i hope that things go the best they can in this hard time. may god be with you….

  114. Even though i never knew you, you will still be in my prayer … thank you for supporting our country! I LOVE YOU!

  115. To SSG Deason you are greatly and deeply missed by your fellow brothers in arms. Thank you for all the great times and rest peacefully. To you Mrs Deason may GOD bless you and get you through these troubled times pray for serenity and just know you have God to turn to.

  116. david,cindy ,i worked with you's at the glass company many years ago, please know you's, david's wife and children are in my thoughts and prayers . god be with you's in this terrible loss. love joyce abney, 3422 park hills, mo 63601.

  117. david,cindy ,i worked with you's at the glass company many years ago, please know you's, david's wife and children are in my thoughts and prayers . god be with you's in this terrible loss. love joyce abney, 3422 park hills, mo 63601.

  118. To my brave cousin that supported our country and put his life on the line. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family. I will always remember you as the brave man that you are. With love Margaret!

  119. even though your not in are eyes you are still in are hearts and everyone will miss you i never got the chance to meet you and to thank you for protecting are country. thank you, Matt your 2nd cuzin

  120. My heart breaks for you. Michael will be loved by all..even the ones that didn't know him. As we listened for him to come home lastnight we held our kids tight and held a flag in his honor. Thank you again for all your son has done for us! God Bless

  121. Our heart felt condolences go out to you. Our son is a Marine and altho we dont know you we want you to know how proud we are of your son and what he (and all of you) gave up for all of us..Thank You

  122. My love and prayers go out to you Michael for your service to your country and keeping my family safe. I pray your wife and children will find peace in knowing you are truly home now. Bless you our brave Hero!

  123. I went to high school with Sgt. Deasons sister Ashley, and I would just like to send my deepest condolences to her and your family. You all are in my prayers and may God Bless.

  124. We are so sorry for your loss .He was a true HERO.We no how it is we have son in law in this.So are thoughts an prayers are with you all. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL THREW THIS TIME OF NEED.

  125. To the family and friends of SSG Michael Deason. I am so sorry for your loss. I would like to give thanks to SSG Deason and his fellow service men and women who continue to make this country safe.

  126. To the family: Michael was a very big part of my life for about two years. Throughout that time, we shared many wonderful memories that I will always carry with me. Mike was a wonderful, caring and beautiful person. He certainly made in impact on my life – he taught me how to love and how to be loved in return. It's also true that he could always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face. It is with deepest sympathy that I write this message. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Sincerely, Sarah Ray

  127. Although My family and I did not know Michael, he has touched my heart through his love for our country, God and his family. God Bless Michael family and I know he will never be forgotten. the family and friends of Michael will be in our prayers. He and his family are true American Hero's God will take care of him and you will all see him again.

  128. I would like to send my love and prayer to my 1st cousin and Family. Our hearts go out to all of them. We love you Michael! May the Heavens be with you!


  130. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Deason family. I have had family serve in Iraq and know that it is very hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. To his children always know that your daddy is a hero and a great person. Mike will be greatly missed by the North County Class of 1996. Tirenna (Miller) Mann

  131. To the family of Michael Deason, We can only imagine the pain, sorrow, and sadness you must be going through. You will be in our prayers in the coming days. We know you are so proud of Michael. He is truly an American hero and role for our young people to follow. There are very few people who are as brave and noble as he was. We know your hearts feel empty and life as you once knew it will never be the same, however turn your grief over to God. He will comfort you during your sorrow and allow peace in your heart. God Bless.

  132. Dear Deason Family, I am sorry for your loss. SSG Deason was a very brave man. I appreciate the service that he gave to our country. I will keep you and you family in my thoughts and prayers. Again, I am sorry for your loss.

  133. God Bless and look after Michael Deason and his entire family. He may be gone, but his spirit and courage will live on and inspire others through his memory and his life. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice so that my family and I, as well as all Americans everywhere, can live in peace. You shall never be forgotten. May you grace God's comforts in Heaven. AMEN

  134. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family during this difficult time. Although we didn't come to the visitation, we were in the "line of love" when our local hero passed through Desloge. May your memories of Michael ease your loss each day. God bless all of you.

  135. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for Michael's family and children. I am proud to say I knew such a hero and may his children always be reminded of what a hero their daddy was. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All! -Classmate and 1996 Graduate with Michael-. May he never be forgotten.

  136. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to David, Cindy, and the rest of the family. David, I always respected the kind of man you were and you always acknowledged me when we'd pass on the packing house floor. It's no wonder to me that you raised such a fine, honorable young man. We are thankful for his sacrifice and we are thankful for yours. May God's peace lift you up in the knowledge that Michael is at rest in Heaven.

  137. I didnot know SSG Michael but I wanted to let your family know my heart goes out to all of you. I just lost my brother 3 weeks ago so my heart feels what you feel. I also wanted to say I was proud to be one of the people standing on Karsch with the flag knowing Michael's honor was known..Thank you Michael for your courage and bravery in Irag..God Bless your family and my God watch over your babies..Be proud of Michael cause I was and I didnot know him personally.He is in Heaven with my brother,Kevin.

  138. What a huge loss for your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With a son serving in Iraq, I feel the pain of each soldier lost. You son is our hero.

  139. Thank you for serving our country. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may god bless you.

  140. We are blessed to have men like SSG Michael Deason to protect and defend our country. May he rest in peace. My condolences go out to his family. God Bless You All!

  141. I just wanted to say i am praying for you all, my husband is a marine and is getting ready to go on is 2nd tour this week. during his first tour he missed is daughters birth and this tour he will miss his sons birth. stay strong and he will always be watching you all.

  142. Michael is a true American hero and he will never be forgotten! God bless your family and may you find comfort and peace in your memories and eternal love for him. You will be in our prayers and hearts forever.

  143. Even though we never had the privilege to meet SSG Deason we know he was a true hero. There are no words that can express our heartfelt sorrow and appreciation. The only thing that comes to mind is: Thank you SGG Deason for the freedom we take for granted everyday. Because of men and women like you, who give their lives for our country, we can sleep in peace. Thank you. May God be with your family.

  144. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. May you rest in peace. To the family please remember that there are many prayers being said for you all. Michael will always live in the hearts and memories of those who love him.

  145. We stood on the side of the road and watched a true American Hero being escorted to his final resting place, and though there are no words that can ease the pain, I would like express our deepest sympathies and offer are sincerest prayers. As we stood there, hundreds of supports in complete silence, I could not help to think that if it wasn't for men and women like SSgt. Deason where America would be. For that I would also like to say Thank You! Thank you for a Hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice for my family and me.

  146. We cannot begin to know the extent of the loss you are feeling.We were present today when you went by with the procession. We hope you could feel the love and prayers that we were sending out to you and your family. God Bless you all! May you feel His peace and love with you thru this all.

  147. I just wanted to say that you and your family members will be in my prays and I know that Michael is looking over all of you as your guardian angel.

  148. I am so sorry for your loss, I never met SSG Deason, but I know he is a hero and I saw the pictures of him with his children and I am confident he was a great father and he will continue to look after his children from heaven above. I blessed to have my children with me today as we watched the funeral procession. I hope your children realize the true American Hero SSG Deason is, my children realized it today. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  149. Tiffany, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and the kids will be in my prayers. Kaylar & my baby Pam were in "Water Babies" at the civic center in Farmington this past summer. God Bless You.

  150. My deepest sympathy to the family of SSgt. Deason. Even those of us who did not know him grieve the loss of a true hero. We can only thank him silently for what he and so many others have done for us. Many prayers will be with your family in the days ahead.

  151. i would like to send my condolences to the season family, michael will be missed by all who knew him . i'm very proud of him for serving our country. and giving all he had given, he was a very brave soldier i would like to say to his wife and children that michael will always be with you day and night and always watching over you and your family. i did not know him personally but i have alot of respect for sgt michael season. god bless you and your family

  152. As a Reservist who has served in Iraq in 2004, as well as, a US Citizen I give you my deepest condolences. May God's grace, mercy, and peace be upon you and your family and friends.

  153. You may be gone but not forgotten. I would like to say thanks to you and your family for your great service to our country that we protect everyday. As I head off for Afghanistan on Tuesday, no matter what anyone says, know that what we are doing is the right thing. You are a true American Hero.

  154. The heart of the American people support and believe in our service men and women. Its difficult to find the right words, but know there are people who never knew Michael, that are grieving his loss. I admire you for all of your support to Michael. He must have been an amazing father/husband/son/brother/cousin. Every picture, he had such a great smile on his face. I felt almost as if I had met him. My husband is in the US Marines and fortunately he hasn't been to Iraq. That will change soon. He was just given orders to deploy for 12 months out of Camp Lejeune. Your strength will help see me through his deployment. I am so sorry and I wish that I could take away your pain. Stephanie L. USMC Spouse

  155. To the family of Michael Deason our deepest sympathy goes out to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you.

  156. Our deepest sympathy to your family in this most difficult time. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many. May you feel his presence forever and his legacy live on in the eyes of his children. God Bless You!

  157. I would like to thank Michael for making the ultjmate sacrifice for our country. I had an uncle that died in Vietnam I never knew him but thanks to the many wonderful memories I have heard about him I feel like I knew him. I quess what I am trying to say is don't stop thinking about him let your children know what they mean't to him. He will always be there looking over and protecting you and his children. God love you and your family.

  158. To the family of this fine young man, my condolences. To the spouse and child of this soldier any help you might need can be found in the community. From one soldier to another, Thank You SSG Deason for everything you gave your country and the freedom you gave my children.



  161. We would like to express our deepest sympathy for your great lost. His bravery and love for his country will not be forgotten. May God Bless and Keep your family in his loving arms. William and Yvonne Clay

  162. God Bless You!! Thank you for you bravery and courage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. From a fellow veteran, Wyman and Judy Boyer

  163. As a service member in the Air Force this was a GREAT honor to be member of the Patriot Guard that escorted SSG Deason to his final resting place. Also, as a member of a Christian Motorcycle ministry it was a privilege to escort someone who gave the ultimate price for our freedom. God be with you and your family in this time. May God comfort you and give you comfort.

  164. To the Deason Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Just know that Michael will not be forgotten for everything that he done for his country and for freedom for the people of Irag. Your family will remain in our prayers every day. Remember that Michael is now Heaven with Jesus who also gave his life for what he believed in. May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms……

  165. To the family of Staff Sgt. Michael Deason, your loved one is a true American Hero. My condolences for your loss. The world has benefited from his presence. He will be missed and most certainly will not be forgotten.

  166. To the parents of Michael Deason: How proud we as a country and a nation are that you raised a son strong in morals and values who laid down his life for his country, so that we could continue to enjoy our freedom that we daily take for granted. Thank you. To his wife: What a sacrifice you made supporting him in his decision to defend his country. Thank you. And to those precious babies: May each person you meet on the street remind you of how grateful we are that your daddy was and will always be our Hometown Hero. May God bless you and hold you close as you grieve for Michael.

  167. My husband is a member of the 5th Special Forces group stationed at Fort Campbell. We have a 1 1/2 year old daughter Alexis. I remember Mike from highschool. He was always smiling and laughing. We are so sorry for your loss. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. He is a hero.


  169. Wife, Children, Mom, and Dad. Love in its truest form that one man would lay down his life, so that others may embrace it. The children of the war thank you for your sacrifice. 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (S.O.A.R)

  170. To the Deason family: Michael was a wonderful person. I remember him from school and how likable he was. Although he is not with you in body he will always live on through your memories. Your in my prayers.

  171. I served 4 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force and 19 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. I currently am a Baptist Pastor. I love our country and fully support our soldiers. The sacrifice your family has given humbles me. You are in my prayers and may God bless you and wrap you in the comfort of His arms. Danny.

  172. I didn't know Mike personally but as a veteran he was my brother. I am a member of the Patriot Guard who participated in honoring your loss yesterday. Please accept my humblest of condolences. I share in the pain of losing a wonderful loved one. God bless Michael. May his soul rest in peace alongside his fellow heros at the Right Hand of the Father.


  174. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you during these difficult times. While this is a difficult time I know you you are proud of Mike and the service he has given to his country. Tiffany, hold on to the memories and I pray you keep strong for your children. Although I didn't know Mike personally I have known Linda for years and have heard many wonderful things about him and his military accomplishments. My daughter was in a group of mutual friends during high school also. Take care, and I pray God's blessing on you each day.

  175. I feel your sorrow, I know he will be with you always in your heart. I am so sorry. My daughter at this moment is on a convoy heading into Bagdad, she told me sar. to think of her. I am so afraid. Your son was so brave, may god bless him.

  176. Three years ago i lost a close friend in Iraq 4 days before he was to come home. I dont understand why God chooses to take those we love so soon but know that your loss is felt throughout this country and that we are all indebted to your family for the sacrifice you've made. May God bless you and keep you through this difficult journey. Deepest Sympathies, Julie

  177. Deasons, My heart goes out to you in this time of loss. Michael is truly a hero and we are so thankful for those who fight to keep our country free. Mrs. Lilley (Ashley's first grade teacher)

  178. I can't express my sorrow but I am praying for all who have affected from your loss, especially those two beautiful children that will grow to love their father. God Bless.

  179. Thank You for your service to our country. It's because of men and women like you that we are free to live as we do. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Michael Deason. You are in our prayers.

  180. The Ultimate Sacrifice When times like these happen, a silence follows- what can we say when someone gave us the ultimate gift, took our place in time and gave all that can be given, wrapped in fine paper, when we never asked them for it? In this silence, I'd like to interject a memory of better times, of proud moments, when daily service brought hilarious results, sometimes caused extreme boredom-made everyone hungry. Heroes forever light up our memories, longer than anyone else survives, because the tales of their deeds, the remembrance of sacrifice makes us remember them more, just like the purest gifts. We can return little to fallen heroes, often can't give back the gift-and it's not right to return it. Our thanks are in our thoughts, our memories, where their plaques of remembrance shine the brightest. In their memory, we can reach out further to fellow men, give more than we've given before, care more. And when we do something significant, then we can say, "I do this in your memory, God bless you." May God be with you and watch over you on the long road ahead.. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

  181. I never met Michael but I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to all his loved ones and friends!! I was at the Parade Tribute for Michael here in Desloge.. and with all the cars and motorcycles that were in the funeral percession.. you can tell he was loved by many! May God bless him and keep him and help his family heal. He died doing what he loved to do!!


  183. Tiffany, my deepest sympathy goes out to you, your children, and all of Michael's family. As a wife of an Army Soldier, I know the pride that you feel for Michael for that he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and all of our freedom. I won't say I can imagine the pain and heartache you must feel because I can't and I pray that i never have to feel that pain. But I do wish I could take some of the pain away for you and your children. I know how hard it was for my children when my husband served in Iraq, but I do believe that my children have learned the true meaning of being free and living in a free country. I would like to say how much I appreciate the sacrifice that you and your children have made and I thank your husband for protecting not only our country but my children as well. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  184. Cindy, my deepest sympathies go out to you, your family and Michael's family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  185. I did not know Michael but I was in Farmington when the funeral procession went through. Tears came to my eyes. My heart goes out to the family, especially the little ones who won't get to have Daddy there with them, although he will be in their hearts. Thank you for your husband, brother, son for helping to defend our country. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. He was a HERO!!!! Lore Robart

  186. The thoughts and prayers of my family are with you. May God grant you the strength and peace you will need to get through this time in your lives.

  187. You don't know uu, but we support our troops in Irag, I have 2 grandson, nephew, sons over there and we pray for them and all the soldiers each day… God bless you and your family for your loss. May he give you the strenght. For you will see him again,

  188. Thank you Michael Deason for your service to my family. You have given yourself for our safety and freedom. You will not be forgotten. The Carlyon Fanily Park Hills, MO

  189. I am so sorry that you are going through this. I love you girl and I am here for you and the kids when ever you need me..!!!

  190. There are no words that can convey my gratitude for the sacrifice made by SSG Deason and his family and friends. I am so thankful for him and those like him who know how great the risk and take it anyway so that we may live without fear. I pray that you will find peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks and that God blesses you greatly. Thank you.

  191. Tiffany- I am so sorry for your loss. I know words are just not enough. Micheal died for something he believed in- that will be a comfort later on for you and your children. I know nothing but time will heal your sorrow. I am here if you need anythng. {{{hugs}}}

  192. We did not have the pleasure of meeting SSG Deason but felt honored to see him as he passed by us in Desloge. He is a true HERO! Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who love Michael. The Deason family is in our hearts, thoughts & prayers. God bless you. Richard, Susan & Ricco Marler & Gloria Umfleet.

  193. we share in the sorrows of your family and are also so blessed for what Michael has done for us and our country he will always be remembered here and lives in this community forever

  194. David, Terry, I know you both were proud of Michael and with great reason. My sincerest condolences for your tremendous loss.

  195. May God Bless your family during this most difficult. Our son is a Master Sergeant with the 101st Airborne, 302nd 1st-FAR and is currently serving in Iraq. He is scheduled to return around September 20th. I pray daily for our military men and women and their families. I am grateful for the sacrifices that your son and mine have made and the sacrifices their families make while their loved one serves in Iraq. Now I pray for peace and comfort for your family. Your son and mine are HEROES in the true sense of the word. God Bless You all

  196. I would like to say Thank-you for giving your life to protect our children. You are a true hero! May the angels watch over your children!

  197. To the family of SSG Deason: My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Your loved one was a hero and left this earth a hero and will remain one forever. I know he will continue on in his children. I am so honored to know what he did for us as a country.


  199. I didn't know Michael but I would like to say thank you to the family for his gift of fighting for our freedom and for you all making the great sacrifice of all. God bless you and your family. Thank you!!!!!

  200. To the Deason Family: I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Micheal. We appreciate what he had done for our country….he is a "True HERO". Micheal and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers …GOD BLESS YOU…..

  201. To the entire family of SSG. Michael Deason, but especially to his wife, kids, and parents, Words can't begin to express enough how sorry I am for the loss of SSG. Deason,,,there is so much I would like to say and express how I feel for your loss, but I don't know where to begin. From the time that I heard about this on the news to reading about this in the Daily Journal my thoughts and prayers have been with the Deason family,,,my heart goes out to you all. I am truly Thankful to SSG. Deason and all the soldiers fighting for this country and Iraq that have risked/given the ultimate sacrifice. We as Americans/citizens know what the soldiers have sacrificed,,,I just hope all the Iraqi citizens know and are thankful to. God Bless the entire Deason family and all of the soldiers fighting in Iraq. With Sincere Condolences, Becky

  202. To the family and friends of SSG Michael Deason. I am so sorry for your loss. I would like to give thanks to SSG Deason and his fellow service men and women who continue to make this country safe

  203. To the family of SSG Deason, words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for you all. I am so very sorry that you've had to say goodbye to someone you love so much, and had to do it way too soon in his life. I am so grateful for the brave men and women who put themselves in danger in order to protect this great nation and her people. SSG Deason is a Hero. I know that this will not take away the pain you are feeling, but please remember that the entire community is behind you. God Bless you all.

  204. I didn't know your husband, but I knew his spirit. I lost two cousins in Viet Nam and a friend. I held a flag out on Karsch Friday and again on Sunday at the yield sign. My heart broke for you and your family, but Sgt. Deason was a true hero, not because he died (that was the way we knew him), but because of the way you knew him as a father,husband,son, and all the other ways you loved him. We love America and thank your family for protecting my family. Dan and Willa Berry

  205. Please forward my condolences to the family of Sgt.Deason. As a Texas PGR member, I have had the honor to ride on several missions to pay our respects to a fallen brother in arms. None are easy to attend and I always come away with a renewed respect for our young gneration of warriors. They are no less willing to die for their country than was the WWII,Korean,Vietnam veterans. For that reason, I salute their courage and sacrifices to keep this country truly the land of the brave and home of the brave. Allen Dodson, Colonel, USAF ret.

  206. May God Bless and Comfort You in Your time of need. I never met Michael, but being raised in SE MO myself I know the values we all share. He was certainly a great Man and Father and Soldier. My Heart and Prayers are with You All. Toby Long and Family

  207. Michael's extended Army family mourns the loss of this great soldier, husband and father. Be thou at peace, my friend. We will not forget you.

  208. I had the honor of serving as SSG Deason's Battalion Commander, 3-320th Field Artillery, Fort Campbell, 2002-2004. We served together during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. He was the ultimate soldier who was always a part of the team. Please accept my condolences for your lost….it hurts me just as bad because we were "A Band of Brothers". Sincerely, COL Randall T. Barnes

  209. Always remember the love, friendship, and the good times we all shared. Mike will be forever a hero in all of our eyes for giving the ultimate sacrifice for his family and country! It was my honor serving with him as a screaming eagle and I WIll Always Remember!

  210. Micheal, gave all, so that those of us living in the present and those generations to come may live in freedom, just as he lived in his to short 28 years on this earth. Thank you Micheal and Micheal's family. God speed Micheal.

  211. My son, PFC Christopher Stokes served with Michael in the 3-320th FA , Bravo Battery during the recent deployment to Iraq. Christopher indicated that Michael was the 1st soldier he met in the Battery upon his arrival at Fort Campbell in May 2005. Christopher indicates that Michael was a great soldier, a great leader and a great man. That he was a true inspiration to not only work for, and follow but to also just hang out with. Christopher has told his mother and I that Michael also had a great sense of humor and always seemed to know when the troops he led needed a good laugh. Michael has made an indelible impression upon Christopher. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every member of Michael's family.

  212. Tiffany; From the moment I got the call about Michael's death, I have been heartbroken. I cant imagine your pain; not a day goes by that I dont cry for him. We never met, but I know what a great guy he was,(Rick remembers his laughter that morning b4 the mission), and we all know that he was a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I know words mean little, but if you EVER need anything; please CALL ME, 24/7. Know that he loved you and the kids more than anything, and that he was doing what he loved, and even tho he died much too soon, HE DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and I will carry him in my heart always. I am glad that Rick was deployed with him; he respected him as a soldier and friend. And know that u have his children to remind you of his smile, laughter and strength. Kiss your babies and envision their father in them; they will bring you thru this. My son saluted his pic of the Iraq memorial; and at 8, that shows how much he understands the loss, dangers and PRIDE in being an AMERICAN SOLDIER. My # is 941-268-4054…I truly hurt in my heart for your irreplacable loss. I wont say he is in a better place, because his place was here with you and his family, but know that he loved u and was doing what he loved, and we will NEVER FORGET HIM… Beth Raver

  213. i fill so bad for the deason family first Julia and then Michael. Even though Michael was my cousin i didn't know him that well but Tiffany i will keep you and your kids in my prayers as well as Michael. I Love you all Jessica and (randie) deason

  214. My deepest sympathies go out to you and the entire family. Michael was a brother to me. I was his platoon sergeant for two years and we learned and grew together. I am glad I was able to help all of the family for the remembrance ceremony at FT. Campbell. SSG Deason is in my prayers every day. Tiffany, if you or any of your family need anything, or want to talk, please don't hesitate to call. 931-431-9061

  215. Michael was a very good friend of mine. I cannot express in words how much he will be missed. I wish only the best for his family. Although he is no longer with us, I will think of him often and miss him more than I can say. Mike was a great friend and an excellent soldier, his leadership and positive attitude will be sorely missed. It may not mean much to the rest of the world,but Mike was my friend! I think of him daily and wish things had turned out much differently. I will never forget the daily humor and sense of pride that Mike expressed while in Iraq. I was with him during both of his tours to Iraq. The first time around, in 2003, Mike was the new guy, he did all that was expected of him and more. He proved himself to be a valued member of the Charlie Battery NCO Corps. The second time around, both of us were moved to Bravo, as Charlie was disbanded, although we missed Charlie Battery, Mike did his best in Bravo Battery! I am glad to have known Mike! He was my friend, what more can I say. He will be missed from now until I die! Until we meet again, I will be missing you! I Love you Mike!

  216. To the Deason family. I just want to send my prayers to you all, mainly his children and wife SSG Michael Deason or just "Renegade Stalker" as we called him in Iraq was and is always the true example of not only a soldier but a leader.

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