William Milburn

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William “Bill” Carroll Milburn, 69, of Belleville, IL, born September 13, 1951, in Kansas City, MO, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Saturday, October 17, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family and friends.

Bill served in the U.S. Army, which included a 13-month tour in Vietnam.  He was extremely proud of his service, but rarely spoke about it. After serving in the military, he returned to Kansas City, MO, where he met his future wife, Martha.  He then moved to the Belleville area.

Mr. Milburn graduated from SWIC, and was a machine operator for International Paper Company for over 25 years before he retired. He loved St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball and Kansas City Chief’s football.  However, his favorite pastime was fishing, and he always felt that he never got enough time to fish.  He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Bill was a loving husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend.

He was preceded in death by parents, William M. and Nona C., nee Bronson, Milburn; his sister-in-law, Joan Schrader Williamson; a nephew, Ryan Schrader; and his siblings, Henry Milburn, Kathy Milburn, Greg Bowers, and Debbie North.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Martha M., nee Schrader, Milburn, whom he married on October 16, 1981; a sister-in-law, Marilyn (David) Young; three brothers-in-law, David (Carolee) Schrader, Bob (Donna) Schrader, and Mark (Michelle) Schrader; numerous nephews and nieces; and his siblings in the Kansas City area, Linda Myers, Stephanie (Brian) Cramer, Larry Bowers, Jeff (Jaleen) Bowers, Mark Bowers, and Cathy Bowers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time, will be observed.

 Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Masks are required.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



6 Comments on William Milburn

Ashley Greathouse said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Martha, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and Bill became a huge party of my extended family at HSHS. It broke my heart to see the news of Bill passing. He was always so happy and I genuinely loved the chats that we shared. You are in my thoughts and prayers. -Ashley

  • Granite city
  • IL
Anthony "Tony" Savoia and Diana.. said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2020 at 1:53 AM

We sent prayers to Bill's family...I worked with him for 10 years at Weyerhauser/IP..he was a good buddy and had many funny stories to tell..God Bless his family at this time of sorrow.... Respectfully....Tony and Diana Savoia..??

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Daryl said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2020 at 8:31 PM

To the family and friends of Mr. Milburn always cherish the fond memories of time spent together and although you may grieve the Bible can be a source of comfort. At (Revelation 21:3,4) it speaks of a time when there will be no more sickness or death, also at (Acts 24:15) it speaks of a resurrection that we all can look forward to. May the peace and love of the God of all comfort be with you all. Comfort can be found in our Creator through prayer and through his word the Bible and in Jesus Christ.

  • Prince George’s County
  • Maryland
Lynda Williamson said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2020 at 8:01 PM

Dear Martha and the Schrader Family. We are truly saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Bill was one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet. He truly was a joy to be around. He was the best out-law a girl could have. His sense of humor was a gift. He was a quiet jokester and my friend. It will be the little things that we remember, about him and although it is so hard right now, the memories of these things will become the tools you will need to push away the pain. I remember all the good times we had at the club house and the holiday's together. While all of us ran around in different directions he would always check in with everyone to see if we were having a good time. I use to call him the Sheriff of the parties. I would say to him "Sheriff, I trust you are keeping the peace", and he would say" Yep, I don't think we have to lock anyone up yet" He truly was the peace keeper. Another memory I have of him was when Trevor was in third grade, his assignment for school was to right a few sentences about one of his favorite relatives. It was after Easter break and we had all celebrated at the club house. This is what Trevor wrote about for his assignment. " One of my favorite relatives is my Uncle Bill. My Uncle Bill is very funny. He always asks me a lot of questions. He is a lot of fun. We hide a picture of him somewhere ever Easter and then everyone tries to find him . Even my Uncle Bill tries to find it. It is fun. My Uncle Bill catches bigger fish than anyone at the club house. I really like my Uncle Bill." The End. Can I just say " Thanks Uncle Bill for being a that Uncle to my little boy". It will be all the little things that we remember about this man that will bring back a smile to your face. May God bless and keep you safe in his arms. And let us remember the words of Helen Keller " What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." A human life, is a story told by God. What a good story he was. Wishing you strength for today and hope for your tomorrows Love, Lynda & Trevor

  • Bend
  • OR
LBronnbauer said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2020 at 9:41 PM

Bill will sincerely be missed by everyone who knew him. Such a kind, generous and always caring person. Shared many fun times with Bill and Martha when we were younger.

  • Granite city
  • Illinois
Richard Baldwin said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

I worked with Bill all those years at Weyerhauser and IP he was the nicest guy to work with, Sorry Martha for your loss thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  • Fairview hgts
  • Ill

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