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Michael Joseph Raad, 63, of Mannington, passed away Sept. 2, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.
He was born Dec. 18, 1953, in Fairmont, the son of the late Simon J. and Elma L. Raad of Mannington, and a 1971 graduate of Mannington High School.
Shortly after graduation, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served honorably for 23 years, retiring as a chief hospital corpsman (surface warfare) in June of 1996. Some of his more notable duty stations included Attack Squadron-176, USS America (CV-66), USS Independence (CV-62), USS Hoist (ARS-40), USS Edenton (ATS-1), and USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41). Michael served on the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron Two and the staff of Commander Regional Support Group Atlantic. He was staff instructor and master training specialist at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Portsmouth, Virginia.
His military awards included the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Good Conduct Medal (five awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal.
Immediately after his military retirement, Michael was employed by the Department of Corrections at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia, retiring after 10 years. He was a life member of the Fleet Reserve Association, The Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Michael had very recently decided to pursue an undergraduate degree through the Regents Bachelor of Arts program at West Virginia University.
Michael is survived by his wife, Nancy Elizabeth Goodpasture, and beloved service dog, Mrs. Be Haven, of Fairmont; a son, Lt. Kevin Raad, USN, his wife Kristy and their daughter Katelyn of Chesapeake, Virginia; two sisters, Deborah Raad of Lexington, Kentucky, and Mary Fisher and her husband Charles of Mannington; his brother, John Raad of Shinnston; nieces and nephews, Dr. Jennifer Pettyjohn and husband Cliff of Kentucky, Dr. Jessica Thomas and husband Tim of New York, Jason Hendershot of Tennessee, Amy McNeese of Georgia, Brandi Whitaker of Alabama, Chad Fisher of Mannington, Carly Raad of Bridgeport, Corey Raad and wife Jessica of Fairmont; sisters-in-law, Karen Goodpasture of New Mexico, and Dr. Jessie Goodpasture of Fairmont; and brother-in-law, Stuart Goodpasture and wife Judy of Virginia.
Family and friends may call from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the West Virginia Veterans' Nursing Facility Chapel, 1 Freedom Way, Clarksburg. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with Michael's brother-in-law, Charles Fisher, presiding. At the conclusion of the memorial service, the West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders will escort the procession to the West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton, where his ashes will be interred with full military funeral honors at 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Hutson Funeral Home in Mannington.
Condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on September 16, 2017
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