Michael Duane Siller, 56, of Galveston passed away suddenly on October 16 at his home. He was born June 7, 1955 in Galveston to his parents, John (Jack) and Alberta (Plain) Siller. Michael attended Catholic schools and was an altar boy at St. Mary’s Basilica. He graduated from Ball High School and attended Galveston College. He worked many years as a draftsman at Monsanto both in Texas City and at Chocolate Bayou and for Litton Industries. He was a fun person who loved everybody. Michael enjoyed watching Western movies, working crossword puzzles, and was adept in playing the harmonica. His hobbies included carving as well as surfing, and he was good at making surf boards. Michael’s favorite saying was, “We are all neighbors, why can’t we all just get along.”
He is preceded in death by his parents. Michael leaves behind the loves of his life, daughter, Danielle Rafferty; grandchildren, Brooklyn and Brayden Hartman; Wendy Rafferty; and best friend, Pat Molina. He is also survived by brothers, John T. Siller, Jr., and Mark Siller; sisters, Sharon Kamp, Tammy Schlotter, and Laurie Khan; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he was “very proud” of including Kimberly Bland; John Siller, III; Caitlyn Siller; Krista Kamp; Norman Schlotter, Jr.; Steven Schlotter; Farah Lawler; Kamran Khan; Lexi and Kailee Bland; Claire Ann and Kendall Siller; Devin, Kendrick; Benz and Zada Schlotter; Amatzia Lopez; Amira Lawler; and Jaxson Schlotter.
Michael’s family will receive visitors on Saturday, October 22, at 10:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Funeral service will begin at 10:30 with Father Maynard Tetreault, OFM, officiating. Immediately following, the graveside service will be at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
A “special thanks” to everyone who loved Michael for who he was. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 6811 Stewart Road, Galveston, TX 77551 or The Woman’s Crisis Center, 2202 Ave. L, Galveston, TX 77550.
What good is it if a man profit but loses his soul?