Michael Wayne Ariola, 64, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Menard, Texas. Memorial services will be held at Heritage Funeral Home on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
Michael was born in Memphis, Texas to his parents Tom Ariola and Mildred Fitzpatrick Ariola on December 30, 1952. Michael at the age of 24, married the love of his life, Shirley Taylor, in Wichita Falls, on November 30, 1977. They lived in Clarendon, Tx before moving to Voca 16 years ago.
He was proud to have served in the Airforce. After he returned home from serving his country, he worked for the U.S. Post Office in Wichita Falls, then at the Hoechst Celanese in Pampa, Tx. After leaving there he moved to Voca as a Government Trapper. He retired from trapping and went to work for Kubota. Michael valued anything that dealt with guns. He enjoyed to shoot, hunt, and collect guns. He also loved his family dearly and his grandkids knew him as Poppo.
Michael is survived by his wife, Shirley Taylor Ariola; two sons, Matt Ariola and wife, Joli, of Amarillo, Kelly Lowe and wife, Tina, of Amarillo; one daughter, Chandice Cook and husband, Ben, of Voca; sister, Betty Wiley of Houston; seven grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom Ariola and Mildred Fitzpatrick Ariola; one sister, Patsy Tom Morgan; and one brother, Sonny Ariola.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Michael’s name to Hope From the Heart at 906 S. Bridge St. Brady, Tx 76825.