VIRGINIA BEACH-Michael Allen Oyer died on August 5, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with ALS. Mike was born on August 14, 1960 in Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Mike and Carol Oyer. When Michael’s dad got out of the Navy, they moved to Geneva, NY where he attended school. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1978. He joined the Navy under the delayed entry program in December of 1978. He became a part of the elite Navy SEAL team in February 1979. He retired from the Navy in March 2003. Mike’s greatest achievements were his family and his career as a Navy SEAL. His career took him to places all over the world.
He is predeceased by his brother, Timothy J. Oyer and his sister, Carrie A. Oyer and his maternal and paternal grandparents. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Valerie (Valentino) Oyer, his sons Joshua M. Oyer and Zachary J. Oyer, his daughter Emily R. Oyer, his parents Mike & Carol Oyer, brother Jonathon P. Oyer, his nephew Justin P. Oyer, his in-laws Anthony and Mary Jane Valentino, Michelle and Eric Hemmings, Steve Valentino and several cousins, nieces and nephews and his faithful dog, Star.
Mike was a member of the UDT/SEAL Association, the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion, the VFW, the Knights of Columbus and the C.J. Folger Hook and Ladder Fire Department.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church on Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Frog Hollow Warriors ALS Walk team at http://web.alsa.org/goto/mikeoyer.
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Val I am so sorry for your loss.God Bless YOu And Your Family! Mike will surely be missed, he was a very special guy!F LOve, Barb
Valerie, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We know Mike is in a better place, looking down on us with a smile. I hope in the coming days you are surrounded by family and friends and draw comfort in their embrace.
Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to this special family on the loss of this one of a kind hero. A hero in so many ways to so many people.
Dearest Oyer Family,
We are so sorry for your great loss. Mike was such an amazing man. He was the kind of person that would do anything to help another. Full of life. So much courage when he battled with ALS. We are so proud to have known a person like him. We will miss him. We love all of you. God Bless, Paul, Vikki, Shante and Tori
Valerie and family,
May all your wonderful memories of good times together with Mike help to sustain you during this sad time. We remember him as a person full of life.
Thoughts and prayers,
Mary Lee, Mike and family
Valerie & family – Mike is at peace and his suffering is over. I pray that God will bless the Oyer family and you peace.
Elaine, Maryann Woods mom
So many of us have sent messages via e-mail and/or Facebook but wanted to send a hug and our caring and prayers an additional time to all of Mike’s families … know what a special person he was (mischievious and always loved from when he first entered our neighborhood in Geneva way back when!) and how he will forever touch our hearts … Always, Lynne & Kevin Anstee
Fair winds and a following sea.
Dear Val and Family, We are truely sorry for you loss. Mike is a friend, great husband, father, and Seal. He is in a truely better place and in peace with our Father the true Commander in Chief. Yor are in oue prayers
Mike Flynn and Family
Dear Valerie, Josh, Zach & Emily, & to the rest of the family,
We wanted to send you our love & Prayers at this sad time. Mike will be missed.
With Deep Sympathy,
Jeff, Kathy, Marykate & Chris
Please accept my sincerest condolences. Mike was truly a great individual. I always enjoyed his obvious love of his family and his life. He will be missed! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love to you all,
Mike Crough & Family
mike touched the lives of so many people and left his footprints in our hearts. we are all so lucky to have known him. even as a young kid he had lots of spunk which he carried with him always. what an awsome young man he grew up to be. my prayer go to his family, god bless.
Mike was a year behind me in High School and I remember a lot of good times. He was a sweet kid and always ready to have fun. Got him in a little trouble sometimes, but… Anyway, he saved me one time. We skipped school (don’t tell my mother!) and were out of town when my engine blew. Mike hitchhiked back to Geveva to find a friend to tow us back.
Mike followed his heart so I know that he chose a wonderful wife and was a wonderful husband and father. We were all blessed to have him in our lives and I am proud to say that I was a friend of his.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Our hearts reach out to you and your family. We are truly sorry and want to extend our condolences to you. Mike was an incredible person and will be missed.
We are so very sad to hear about Mike’s passing. He will be missed. He always went out of his way to talk to us when he was in Geneva.
Val, I am so sorry to here that Mike has passed. I remeber Mike as a friend of my brother John and I was fortunate enough to have spent a little time with him as well. He and his spirit will be remembered by all his friends, that is for sure.
Friendship never dies and nothing in this world or the next one will ever diminish those feelings we have for those we love. God speed Mike
My prayers and thoughts are with Mike and his family.
Valerie, please accept my condolences.
Sorry to hear of yours, and the world’s loss.
Just heard, and wanted to express my condolences.
Mike was great team mate of mine out on the west coast.
I last saw him a couple of years ago at Sand Soccer with his infectious smile and laugh.
What a great guy!