Robert Nash Milano

Sept. 28, 1938 - Feb. 6, 2017


GRAND DETOUR — Robert Nash Milano, 78, of Grand Detour, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was a metallurgist and structural engineer with the State of Illinois.

Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dixon, with Fr. Antoni J. Kretowicz, officiating.  Burial will follow in Grand Detour Cemetery.

Mr. Milano was born Sept. 8, 1938, in Chicago, the son of Michael Don and Gina Rocca (Melone) Milano. Bob was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He married Judith Seybert Diehl on June 21, 1985 in Rockton. Bob served as an ordained Deacon for 23 years in the Amboy, Oregon, and Dixon parishes. He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dixon, where he was involved with the RCIA program and the Dixon Knights of Columbus where he obtained the rank of 4th degree. One of his greatest pleasures was woodworking. For many years, Bob and Judy invited people of all ages to come and spend time at their StoneWood Kreative Studio.

Bob is survived by his wife, Judith Milano, of Grand Detour; their children, Ken (Sheri) Diehl, of Oregon, Den Diehl, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lisa (Don) Wright, of McHenry, Tamara (Tim) Flessner, of Sublette, Robert C. (Shari) Milano, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Randy (Jennifer) Diehl, of Dixon; two brothers, Gary Michael (Wayne) Milano, of Arlington, Va., Richard Joseph Milano, of Indianapolis, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Josilyn (Shawn) Foster, Stephanie (James) Eldridge, Kevin (Candace) Wright, Bryan (Chelsey) Diehl, Whitney Keene, Tiffany Diehl, April Diehl, Anthony Milano, Kyle Wright, Alyssa Diehl; ten great-grandchildren, Alexis Keene, Ayden Forbush, Jayden Dobyns, Macy Fassler, Aidan Eldridge, Gracelynn Miller, Wyatt Forbush, Gideon Eldridge, Corey Diehl, and Harper Foster; one nephew, Michael J. Milano; and one niece, Emily (Josh) Kerr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great-granddaughter, Ann Maray Forbush.

A memorial has been established.

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