WALKER – Raymond Peter Michael, 89, died peacefully at his home Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Urbana with Rev. Ardel Barta and Rev. Dwayne Thoman as concelebrants. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, with a Rosary service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, rural Walker. Military rites will be performed by U.S. Army Funeral Honors of Des Moines.
Raymond was born April 26, 1928, in rural Urbana, Iowa, the son of Peter and Elizabeth Reuter Michael. He attended county school Polk #13 in rural Walker.
Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army in Korea from 1951 until 1953. He was a member of Urbana American Legion Post 264.
On October 6, 1956, Raymond was united in marriage with Marilyn Nelson at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. She preceded him in death on December 20, 1993.
Raymond farmed in the Walker area his entire life, and he also raised cattle and hogs.
Raymond was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Urbana and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Benton County Cattlemen’s Association. He enjoyed day trips and traveling and spending time with family.
Raymond is survived by two children, Deborah (Chuck) Leaming of Hiawatha and Alan (Cindy) Michael of Vinton; very special friend, Ruby Marks, of Rowley; four brothers: Bernard (Sandra) Michael of Lincoln, NE; Harold (Bette) Michael of Independence; Gerald Michael of Vinton; and Anthony (Delores) Michael of Walker; brother-in-law Richard (Shirley) Nelson of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law Anna Mae Michael of Walker; 3 grandchildren: Jason McKinley and Ryan and Jamie Michael; 2 step-grandchildren: Melissa (Ray) Erlacher and Sandy (Tim) McClure; and 5 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and siblings, Joseph Michael, Theresa Oberreuter, Virginia Thoman and Edward Michael.
A memorial fund has been established.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Raymond and his family. Condolences may be left at vsrfh.com.