Michael Schafer
(1979-2005)
Memorial website in the memory of your loved one
Tributes and Condolences
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Fallen Embers by Enya  / Jerome

Once, as my heart remembers,
all the stars were fallen embers.
Once, when night seemed forever
I was with you.

Once, in the care of morning
in the air was all belonging.
Once, when that day was dawning
I was with you.

How far we are from morning,
how far we are
and the stars shining through the darkness,
falling in the air.

Once, as the night was leaving
into us our dreams were weaving.
Once, all dreams were worth keeping.
I was with you.

Once, when our hearts were singing,
I was with you.
Your Loved One  / Mary Roberts (None)
Thanks you so much for sharing about your son...

I am so grateful for all he gave and did... I know this isn't much... but all I have to give...

My son is in Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA.

Just know you're in my thoughts and prayers...

Blessings, Mary
Miss you  / Bree (Friend)
Hi Mike,

I haven't been to your site in a long time, but that doesn't mean I have forgotten about you. I talk about you almost everyday. Believe it or not, you changed my life almost 2 years ago. I have learned so much about life and what it means to appreciate everyday that I live it, to spend as much time as I can with my kids so they know I love them, and that they are my life. I hate that you aren't here, that I can't call you on the phone and just talk to you, but I know you are with me and with everyone else that loved you so dearly. I have so much pride in having been a part of this war, knowing that I wore the uniform with honor, that you went out and fought to keep so many safe. So we could lay our heads down at night and sleep soundly because you were protecting us. When I hear the national anthem even though it sounds dumb, I stick my chest out a little further and try to fight the tears that come pouring out because I know what sacrifice comes with that song. Then there is a flag blowing in the wind and to look at it and watch it fly, knowing that it stands because of what you and others have given of yourself to keep it blowing. You are the ULTIMATE HERO!!! We love you so much, and keep missing you. There is a hole in our hearts where you should be, but we try to fill it with love, respect, and the courage to face another day. Smile Mike, you are hero in everyone hearts, keep watch over your mom, dad, and tim, help them to make it another day.  Love you Bree
Hi... / Sami Gurung (stanger)

Hi..

I happened to log into this site by accident and happened to go through your page. As I was browsing the tributes and condolence section , I saw many messages from your wife. It really touched my heart and my heart ached for your family...I am a stranger but I still felt tears in my eyes..Rest in peace...

Fellow Military Spouse  / Patty McCormick (American)
To the Family,
My husband is active duty and my heart breaks for the family left behind. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers until they all come home.
Patty McCormick
Wife ,United States Air Force
Always here :-)  / Me
I keep hearing this song, "If You're Reading This" and have needed you so bad lately and like always you are here with me EVERY step of the way. Conversations we have had and things you have said echo in my mind everyday. Time is still moving and life is still going on. Sometimes I don't know how but it is. Devin is getting so big, which I know you already know, but still worth saying I guess. He's already started talking about being in the Army when he is bigger! I miss you so much and can't believe that it will be two years soon. Everyday I think about the time we had before you were taken home and feel so glad to have had that time with you. To see you grow from a teenager into a real man. You showed me what it meant to love and be happy and I to carry that with me everyday. I love you and miss you so much there are no words to convey that, but I know you know how deep my love goes for you!

Artist: Tim McGraw
Song: If You're Reading This
Album: Popular Songs
[Buy "Popular Songs" CD]

If you're reading this
My momma is sitting there
Looks like I only got a one way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
War was just a game we played when we were kids
Well I'm laying down my gun
I'm hanging up my boots
I'm up here with God
And we're both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed where it would go.
If you're reading this I'm already home.

If you're reading this
Half way around the world
I won't be there to see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stand up for the innocent and the weak
I'm laying down my gun
Hanging up my boots
Tell dad I don't regret that id follow in his shoes

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma always prayed where it would go
If you're reading this, I'm already home

If you're reading this, there is going to come a day
You move on and find someone else and that?s okay
Just remember this
I'm in a better place
Soldiers live in peace and angels sing amazing grace

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma prayed where that it would go
If you're reading this
If you're reading this
I'm already home

The 173rd has redeployed and they have lost two already welcome them with open arms and help them look after their families. Continue to wrap us in your arms as we still cry and yearn for you! I love you, babe...Always&Forever!
My Immortal  / Debbie

My Immortal

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone.

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me
I've been alone all along

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years


But you still have all of me.
Let your family know it will be okay in the end.  / Paul Sander (military)
Fort Campbell taught us. We learned we really have no limits. It is only what we limit us to be.
Thinking of your family!  / Misty (mom To Angel Faith Deford) (passerby)
Keeping your family in my prayers today!

An Ocean of Red  / Debbie
There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
Where young soldiers are sent to fight in the night
For what they believe in – it’s just and it’s right,
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
Where innocent civilians are killed everyday
By their own brothers’ hands they lie dead in the clay.
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
Where red blood runs deep as the eyes can see
And death all around brings a man to his knees,
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
Where young innocent lives are so cruelly tossed
And loved ones at home mourn those that they’ve lost,
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
A body so deep that its depths can’t be plunged
A monster so cruel is soaks blood like a sponge
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

There’s an ocean I’m told, over there, over there
Yes, there’s an ocean I’m told, over there.
How many more innocents will this bloody war take
Before the backs of our brothers their burdens will break?
There’s an ocean I’m told over there.

Debra D. Forbes
5/24/2007
passer by  / Jane Tubbs (no one in the family )
I am just a passer by, the uniform caught my eye I just had to read a little about him 

I can tell he was very loved; I made a web site on here for my sister who passed away just 6 weeks ago with Cancer she was only 51.
  I wish all of your family good luck.
                     Jane Tubbs
I Salute you..  / Roberta Rutkowski
I salute you and your gift to our country...may I say that my son salutes you too..he served w/ the 44th Mechanized and is disabled..

Bobbie
thank you  / Scott Potter (freind)

well bro just wanted to stop and say how much we all miss you and how hard it is to realize that you are gone from this earth - even though you are in a better place we still wish that you were here with us today.  It is hard sometimes knowing that you would be out of the service by now and only a few hours away - so close for you to meet my sons and my wife but now we can only wait for we know that you will be their for us at the gates telling us that it is ok.   I miss you bro and to all the freinds and family of Mike, I pray everyday for your wounds to heal and to remember the times you did have and the times you will have later after life God bless .
por vida

You were amazing  / Theresa Bloise (friend)
Mike, my friend,  I am still in shock over the news.  You have always been one of my favorite people.  We may have lost touch but I thought of you often and I am truly heartbroken over your loss.  My condolences to your family, I know you are greatly missed.  You were always a hero and I am glad that you will be remembered as one.  I miss you.

To the person who created this site, thank you so much for your efforts and for posting all of those photos.  As I was unable to attend the memorial service I am extremely grateful to be able to see all of those wonderful pictures and in a way, say goodbye. 

Thank you for memorializing such an incredible person. 
What a Hero!  / Ken Hauck (none)
I don't know Michael, but I thank him and his family for your sacrifice.  He is a true hero and your family will be in my prayers. Thank you.
Thank you & our condolences  / Hall Family
Just know his sacrifice was not in vain, and we appreciate the bravery and honor these Soldiers carry with them.  Everytime I put my husband on a bus, I face the reality of these life stories.  May God be with all of you and may his legacy grow strong within his son, Devin.  God Bless.
THANK YOU  / AMY CHRISTAL (NONE)
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US KEEP OUR FREEDOM,YOU ARE A TRUE HERO,NOT AFRAID TO FACE YOUR FEARS,TO GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE,MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND INNER PEACE THAT YOU ARE WATCHING OVER THEM NOW,REST NOW,YOUR IN GOD'S HANDS.

GOD BLESS AND KEEP ALL SAFE.

                                             AMY,DAUGHTER OF A VIETNAM VET.
An Angel by Your Side  / Angelica Grover (Twinless Twin)
May You Always Have
An Angel by Your Side

“May you always have an angel by your side
Watching out for you in all things you do
Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days
Finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true
Giving you hope that is as certain as the sun
Giving you the strength of serenity as your guide
May you always have love and comfort and courage
And may you always have an angel by your side
Someone there to catch you if you fall
Encouraging your dreams
Inspiring your happiness
Holding your hand and helping you through it all
In all of our days, our lives are always changing
Tears come along as well as smiles
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand times more lovely than lonely
May they give you gifts that never, ever end: someone wonderful to love and a dear friend in whom you can confide
May you have rainbows after every storm
May you have hopes to keep you warm
And may you always have an angel by your side”

-Douglas Pagels
Proud of one of the few  / Mrs. Robert James Marquardt (Fellow American )
SSG Schafer,

Thank you for having courage in the face of fear.  Thank you for giving your entire life, all of your comforts and chances and dreams for the possibility that I have a safe road to drive down at home at night.  Thank you for fighting for my safety over there so that the craziness does not make it back to The United States.  Thank you for fighting a fight that so many people just don't seem to understand so that I can sleep at night in a warm house, be a woman that can vote, go to work, speak my mind and live in a country where I am safe and free to move at my own will.  I understand that these liberties have been won for me by people like you that have been willing to do whatever it takes for freedom.  To give your life so that so many have the opportunity to take theirs for granted really almost seems insane, but I thank you.  From the deepest and most special part of my heart...I thank you.  My Husband is an active duty Marine that also served in Afghanistan and will be heading to Iraq again soon.  I am married to a Hero and such a dear and wonderful human being.  Will you please guard him from the other side when he is there and if he has to come to meet you where you are, please don't let him make the journey alone.  Thank you...Thank you...Thank you.  With love and respect, Mrs. Robert James Marquardt
R.I.P. / Simon Jech
Greetings from Poland.

Rest in Peace Michael
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