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“Shocked and very sad to hear this tragic news. Donna, we talked many times about family while waiting on my car to be serviced. I enjoyed watching...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Teddi Palis - Central, SC

“Alison - I am so very sorry for your loss. Do be sure to go to and sign up. They are a godsend and will be great support 24/7 ”
2 of 35 | Posted by: Kathy Williams - Seneca, SC

“Alison, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
3 of 35 | Posted by: Presley Portwood - Taylors, SC

“AlisonOur deepest sympathy for you and your family. May God embrace you and your family as He surely will during this difficult time. Our continued...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Krueger - Graycourt, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine the devastation you must be feeling. I pray you find comfort and solace through God's love. ”
5 of 35 | Posted by: Linda (Wang) Johnson - Harrisburg, SD

“Words are so hard, May God walk with you, and bring you His peace, Hugs are in our heart for you Alison and Issabella as well as the rest of your...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“Allison , Terry , MaryAnnI'm so deeply saddened and heart broken for the loss of your husband and son in law . I have heard what a special man he is...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Dawn Manzella - Clinton Twp, MI

“Allison , Terry and Mary AnnI am so deeply saddened for the loss of your husband and son in law , I've heard what a special man he was and his...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Dawn Manzella - Clinton Twp

“Alison,We pray for you and your family and friends, and all those who loved Mike. words can not express our sadness, we feel for all of you. May God...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“We were saddened to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. ”
10 of 35 | Posted by: Ronald Scheetz - Greenville, SC

“It was a pleasure to get to know Mike. It was a chance meeting of this world, too brief, but very special to me. I was devastated to hear of his...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Scotty Grant - Seneca, SC

“Alison, I am praying for you and each member of Michaels family.May Gods loving grace uphold you during this difficult time. ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Dean Marchbanks - Greenville, SC

“Alison, our prayers are with you and your family. May you find strength in the Lord during this very hard time. ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Denise Code - Greenville, SC

“Alison, My heart hurts for you -- in times such as these, I ask our God to give you grace and strength as your heart / mind struggle to understand. I...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Sonya Shepherd - Fountain Inn, SC

“Sadden by the lost of our solider, father, husband, and friend. ”
15 of 35 | Posted by: Ron C Morgan, Lt. SCARNG - Bowman, SC

“Alison,I am deeply saddened by the news of your husband, Michael's, passing. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers,...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Carol Serieno - Simpsonville, SC

“You can never loose who you hold dear in your heart. Mike is very much loved by all who knew him and will be missed.With Love, Steve, Carmen and...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: The Bakers - TN

18 of 35 | Posted by: Ernie&Stacy Vaughn - Six mile, SC

“Alison, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Pat Schliesmann - Milwaukee, WI

“Alison and family there are just no words. Will be lifting you all up now and in the days head. I'm so very sorry! Tender hugs. ”
20 of 35 | Posted by: Marlene (Michael Z mom) Zagar - NM

“You will be missed. ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: William Kyzer - Greer, SC

“I pray that God allows your memories of him to comfort you all and shields the bitter sting of pain from your hearts. Peace be with you my friend,...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Lakeya Spicer-Lynch - SC

“Mike, you are one of the greatest men I've had the pleasure of knowing. You will be sorely missed. Thank you for the memories and your friendship....Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Erin May - Anderson, SC

“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Donna. My family and I are sending our prayers and condolences. ”
24 of 35 | Posted by: Clint Dickey - Central, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with this family. May God bless,each of you in this time of sorrow. ”
25 of 35 | Posted by: Teresa Staggs - Belton, SC

“You will be greatly missed. You will never truly be gone because you will live on in the hearts of your daughter, your wife, your loving family and...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Rita Carley. ( he knew me when I was Rita Husvar ) - OH

Goodnight my friend. “Micheal "Slim" Saavedra, brother you will be missed. You became my roommate at D CO 3/325 5th Platoon. You traveled home with me after our first...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: David Smith - Pensacola, FL

28 of 35 | Posted by: Jesse Thomas - Fairfax, VA

29 of 35 | Posted by: Powell Family - Seneca, SC

“Rest easy brother! Thoughts and prayers to family. ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: Steve Hartington - Anderson, SC

“My sympathies to your family. Keowee loves you, Izzy. ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Rachel Smith - Seneca, SC

“Alison, and Izzy,my heart goes out to you both, I don"t have the words to tell how I feel. but want you to know I care so deeply for you. Michael I...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Sharon Sowerby - Warren, MI

33 of 35 | Posted by: Sonya Mills - Greenville, SC

“Praying for the family. Mike was a great man and great friend to many soldiers including my husband. He will be greatly missed by many. ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Brandi Wofford - Travelers rest, SC

“Rest easy brother. ”
35 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Clark - Taylors, SC

Michael J. Saavedra, SFC SCARNGCentral, SC

SFC Michael J. Saavedra, 36, of Central, husband of Alison (Laarkamp-Tobel) Saavedra, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 in Cookeville, TN.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he is the son of Michael H. and Donna J. Saavedra of Central.  He was assigned to the 263rd AAMDC of the SC Army National Guard in Anderson, SC.  He served two deployments to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne in 2003 and the 3rd Infantry Division in 2005.  He was a marksman with a love for motorcycles and cooking.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his daughter, Isabella Saavedra of Seneca, SC; the mother of his daughter, Kristi Jaeger of Seneca; grandmother, Delores Miles of Maryland; parents-in-law, Terry Tobel and Mary Ann Laarkamp of Tennessee; brother-in-law, Casey Laarkamp -Tobel of Tennessee;  step-sister, Emily (Michael) Zagar of Central; four nieces and nephews; along with many other family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Miles Saavedra; grandfather, Ed Miles; and grandparents, Molly and Henry Saavedra.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at M. J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Friday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Upstate Warrior Solutions or Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.