February 15, 1944 ~ June 14, 2012
Greece: June 14, 2012 at age 68. Predeceased by his parents, Anthony R. Michalski and Agnes Zavacki Michalski. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kathy-Jo Lesso Michalski; brother and sister-in-law, Dennis J. and Patricia Michalski; nephews, Jim (Heather) Michalski and Mark (Gabrielle) Michalski; great-niece, Caylin Shea Michalski; father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Katherine Lesso; brother-in-law, Michael Lesso; sister-in-law, Paula Jean Lesso; and many cousins. Ron was a 1961 graduate of Aquinas Institute, Rochester Business Institute and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University, and worked at the former McCurdy's Department Store, Bausch & Lomb, and Vertis. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Eagle Scout Award. Ron had a strong love for his country and was dedicated to fighting in defense of our Nation's freedom. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman in 1966 and served on active duty through mid-1970. During that time, he served as adjutant to the commander of the U.S. Navy's submarine base in Groton, CT., and was a member of SEAL Team One, serving three tours of combat duty in Vietnam. He also served 27 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring in 1996 at the rank of lieutenant commander. Among his numerous military decorations are the National Defense Medal; Vietnamese Service Medal '€œ Seven Stars; Vietnamese Campaign Medal; Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit; Presidential Unit Citation; the Vietnamese Presidential Unit Commendation; and two Purple Hearts. Ron was a member of several military and veterans organizations. Friends may call Monday, June 18th, 4-7 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held, Tuesday, June 19th, 10 A.M. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Aquinas Institute, 1127 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, 14613 or the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or Disabled American Veterans, Gift Processing, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.