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Wendell Kent Milton, 95, of Manteno, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.


He was born August 2, 1927, the son of Ellsworth and Valedda Milton, and grew up on the family farm in Rockville Township. Wendell was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Honor Guard. He met Patricia Gavelek shortly after leaving the service, and they married on January 18, 1948, at her family home in Mountain View, CA.


Wendell was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family, and later with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Both he and Patricia enjoyed travelling the world, going to many interesting countries and having many adventures. He enjoyed farming for most of his life, and like many who farmed, he would often discuss the weather with anyone he met.


Wendell is survived by his beloved wife of 74 years, Patricia Milton; his five children, Juliene (John) Forrestal of Bourbonnais, Janet Skuba of San Jose, CA, John (Connie) Milton of Santa Clarita, CA, Jim (Terri) Milton of Abilene, TX, and Jennifer (Jim) Milton-Houlton of Louisville, KY; a brother, Robert Milton of Kankakee; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Wayne (his identical twin), Sherman, and Dale Milton, and two sisters, Fostine Schwark and Vesta Klafta.


A memorial service to celebrate Wendell’s life will be held at Manteno United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 11:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Lana Robyne, and followed by a luncheon fellowship.


Memorials may be made to Uplifted Care of Bourbonnais.