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Walter Michael "Mickey" Cereoli
Walter Michael FlagWalter Michael "Mickey" Cereoli, age 64 of Richwood, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.  He was born July 21, 1947 in Rockville Center, NY to the late Ronald Valentine and Olive Jane (Vogel) Cereoli.

On November 16, 1986 he married the former Leanna Moyer in Gun Barrel City, Texas and she survives in Richwood.

He was a graduate of Bethpage High School in New York.  He worked sales and service since June 1988 for Bomag Americas, which is a landfill and compactor company based in Kewanee, Illinois. His territory was North and South America, and he also made many trips to Europe.  He was a U. S. Navy in-country veteran serving in Vietnam with the MCB-1.  Mickey had a vast collection of Vietnam War artifacts which he used to educate over 25,000 high school students in the area.  He also counseled many war veterans returning home.  He was a life member and Commander of VFW Post 3313, Marion; American Legion Post 584, Marion; Endowed Member of Mt. Carmel Lodge 303 F&AM, Richwood; Moose Lodge 889, Marion; and the Harley Owners Group.

Besides his wife, he is survived by children, Cassandra (David) Stone, Richwood; Maria Cereoli Combs, Richwood; David Yates, Richwood; “chosen son”, Thomas (Krista) Hinkle, Ulversheim, Germany; estranged sons, Ron Cereoli, John Cereoli and Donnie Tanner; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, a brother, Jackson (Maryann) Cereoli, Bethpage, NY and their son Chris, Billy and Mathew; “chosen brother”, Stephen (Linda) Petty, Ludlow, Vermont; “office wife”, Debbie (Ron) Root, Galva, Illinois; nephews, John (Kristen) Moyer, Texas; Mike and Morgan Rychel, Michigan; and adopted nephew, Mathew J. Marvin, Richwood.  He was preceded in death by his ex-father-in-law, Larry A. Culp.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where a Masonic Service will be conducted by Mt. Carmel Lodge at 5:00 PM followed by military honors provided by the Richwood Area Veterans.  A private family memorial service and burial will follow at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to REAP, 235 Grove Street, Richwood, OH  43344, Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or to the Cereoli family to help defray expenses.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

Mickey left his home for the last time wearing his boots, a Harley T-shirt and a bottle of Jaeger tucked under his arm – just the way he wanted.

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#1 from: Gary & Randy Wesmiller
Griffin, Ga.
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Leanne and family

Mickey was more than a great friend, he was like our family and we shared so much happiness and sadness.  Thank you for your service for your country.  There will never be another one like you.  We'll miss so many expressions and smiles.
God Bless you Mick!

#2 from: Mattie North
Richwood oh
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM

to my mean old man,
May you rest in peace until i see you again!!! there will never be another like you! My heart and prayers are with GG, Cass, Maria, and all they kids!!!! You may be gone but NEVER forgotten as we will carry you in our hearts forever!!!

#3 from: Rev. Dr. Randy Cheney
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 8:31 AM

My deepest sympathies to everyone. May the Lord envelop you in His arms and shine His grace upon you, easing your troubled hearts. Mickey was a wonderful guy. He will be missed by many.

#4 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 S.Franklin Street  Richwood,Oh
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Dear LeeAnn and family:

We are saddened to hear of Mickey's passing.He put up a good fight. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers as well as the rest of the family.God bless.


Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless, Thiel's Wheels Staff.

#6 from: Jerry & Liz Hall
Guelph, Canada
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Dear Lea,
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I often think of times spent on the road with Mick, either during the dreaded trips to Kewanee, or the more pleasurable times during training in Baltimore, or installation and delivery of machines into Canada. Liz & I were so glad to be able to attend his 60th B'day party.

All our love,

Jerry & Liz

#7 from: Jerry & Laura Fitch
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Leanna & Family...
Spent time with Mickey in years gone by working the landfill business and the industry greatly misses him. His knowledge, experience and customer network was the best. Really sorry for your loss. We have you and the family in out thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!

#8 from: Ron and Debbie Root
Galva, IL
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Bud Light in one hand, cheeseburger in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, "Hot Damn-what a ride!"  Flying our flag today had even more meaning.  Mickey was a true American patriot and a good friend. Love and prayers, Ron and Debbie, a.k.a., the "office" wife.

#9 from: Mr.and Mrs. Thomas Amstutz
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 1:37 AM

You did your time and have a nice ride into a never ending sunrise. You have my respect, from everyone I have ever talked to you kept it real.

#10 from: Don Werner
Ferris Tx
Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

 LeAnn and Family
 As you know Mickey was a friend of Mine for almost 40 years and what agreat friend He was. We had a lot of good times together. I have so many Mickey stories I could tell You He was a one od a kind. I love Him like a Brother and will miss Him very much. I am so  happy I got to see Him one more time.  Rest in peace My Brother    

#11 from: Jim & Shelley Head
Baltimore Maryland
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Mickey was certainly a character and you always knew where you stood with him. Many trips on the road sitting in the hotel room after a hard days work on a landfill sipping cold sinkers as we called them. He was a dear friend to me and my family and we will miss him. Keep the wind in your face my friend>

#12 from: Nicole and Dan Donegan
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Our hearts go out to Mickey and his family. It was a pleasure being able to meet him and spend a little bit of time with him.  He will surely be missed whenever we make it back to Ohio!! Love, Dan, Nicole, Maya and Justin

#13 from: Jennifer McLean
Ferris TX
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I knew Mickey many years ago when he was a family friend living in Texas.  He was always so fun to be around and I loved listening to his opionions on the various topics of the day, which he never minded sharing.  My mother was a true democrat and the two of them used to love to "go after" eachother and have lively debates.  Their "disagreements" were always coated in love and respect for eachother and were enjoyed by all.  I will miss Mickey, his spirit and patriotism and clear view of the world.  I remember when I was in college I interviewed him for a history of Viet Nam class I was taking.  I think it was the first time he really opened up about some of his experiences.  I was so glad he shared some of what he experienced.  It helped me to understand that time and place so much better and I think that was important to him too.  He was a wonderful man.  I loved him and will miss him.  God Bless you Mickey.  Thank you for your service to our country and the great man you were.  You did make a difference in this world.  Till we see eachother again!

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