Sgt. Joshua C. Michael, 34, of Converse, died on Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Midland, Texas.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. , Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Wedding Chapel (formerly the San Jacinto United Methodist Church Sanctuary) at 505 S. Tennessee. Full military honors by Ft. Hood Honor Guard. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Sgt. Michael was born on February 22, 1978 to Patrick and Sheryl Michael. He was born and raised in Hereford. He graduated from Hereford High School in 1996 and attended Amarillo College, where he met Daylyn Hefley. They were married September 13, 1997. Sgt. Michael worked for Family Photo, Northwest Texas Hospital and later AMS. He was a member of San Jacinto United Methodist Church.
After September 11, 2001, he joined the Army. He and his wife then moved to Fort Campbell, where he deployed from 2003 – 2004 to Iraq. He returned home and was then deployed to Iraq from 2005 – 2006. He received two Purple Hearts. His family moved to Fort Sam Houston in 2007, where he was medically retired in 2010 due to combat war injuries. He became a realtor in San Antonio for Ultimate Real Estate.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Mark Hefley.
Survivors include his wife Daylyn Michael; a son, Ryan Michael; a daughter, Maci Michael; his parents, Pat and Sheryl Michael of Converse, Texas; two sisters, Michelle Cardenas and husband John of Weslaco, Texas and Leslie Brooke and husband Justin of Vancouver, Washington; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron and Mary Hefley of Amarillo; a brother-in-law, Ron Hefley and wife Wendy of Wildorado; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Quilla and husband Pete of Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Penni Hefley Gamblin of Amarillo.
The family suggests memorials be made to Operation Comfort, 4900 Broadway Street, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78209, or to Show of Support, P.O. Box 11225. Midland, Texas 79702.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.