CONFIRMED: Michael Arledge, Veteran US Navy (143-24) 12 JUL 24

July 12, 2024 @ 11:30 am – 3:15 pm
Porter Loring Mortuaries North
2102 N Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78232

The family of Mr. Michael “Mike” E. Arledge, a US Navy Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services and LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

Michael “Mike” E. Arledge, a man of gentle demeanor, sharp intellect, and boundless generosity, passed away on June 27, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by the love of his family and his cherished pets. Born on July 1, 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina, Mike’s journey through life was marked by dedication to his country, devotion to his family, and a passion for the simple pleasures that life had to offer.

Mike graduated from Holliston High School in Massachusetts in 1969 and went on to enrich his education at the University of North Carolina, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. His thirst for knowledge and commitment to personal growth were evident throughout his life.

In 1971, Mike joined the United States Navy, serving his country with distinction as a hospital corpsman. His exemplary service was recognized with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, a Letter of Commendation from the USS Grand Canyon, and nominations for Sailor of the Month.

While he was stationed in Mayport, FL on the USS Grand Canyon, he met JoAnne. They married on June 21, 1975.

After serving honorably until 1977, he continued his journey, bringing his talents to the VA Hospital and later to the Bexar County Hospital upon his return to San Antonio with his beloved wife, JoAnne.  Mike’s professional ascent continued at Titan Indemnity Company, where his leadership and expertise earned him the role of Senior Vice President. In 2000, he founded Trident Insurance Services, a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit and industry knowledge. His career culminated with his role as President of Commercial Specialty at Argonaut Group, from which he retired in 2013.  Retirement for Mike was a chapter of exploration, personal growth, and enjoyment. He continued to be a voracious reader, avid golfer and dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan. He also developed a fondness for wine, cigars, travel and genealogy. He shared his love for travel with JoAnne, with whom he shared many cherished trips to Napa for wine tasting, Gettysburg for Civil War / genealogy research, Belize, Tahiti, Mexico, Costa Rica and many more. He especially enjoyed the traditional family trip to the beach every summer.

Mike’s legacy is carried on by his loving wife, JoAnne Arledge; his daughter, Salena Arledge; his daughter Natalie Arledge and son-in-law, Nick Seekamp; his son Michael J. Arledge and his wife Rebecca; and his adored grandchildren, Levi, Hadley, Maisy, Ashton, and Evan. His spirit will be missed by his faithful furry companions as well.

A guiding light to his family, Mike’s gentle presence was a source of comfort and strength. His intelligence shone through in his insightful conversations and his eagerness to learn and share knowledge with others. Generosity was the hallmark of his character, as he gave freely of his time, resources, and wisdom to those around him.

Mike Arledge’s story is one of love, service, and the pursuit of happiness. His life was a reflection of his values, and he will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. We take solace in the memories he leaves behind and the indelible impact he made on the lives he touched. He will forever be remembered as a beacon of light in the lives of those who loved him.

WEATHER: Hi 91 / Lo 84, 13% Chance of Rain, 70% Humidity, Wind: 6 mph SSE

REQUESTOR:  Karen Gordon, Clergy

STAGING:  11:30 am, Friday, July 12, 2024
Porter Loring Mortuaries North
2102 North Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78232

BRIEFING:  11:45 am

SERVICE:  12:30 pm
Porter Loring Mortuaries North
2102 North Loop 1604
San Antonio, TX 78232

KSU:  1:45 pm (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   2:15 pm – Shelter #3
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209

RC:   Eric “Panda” Kung

FC:   Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223