William F. “Bill” Milchen, 62, of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly in his home Thursday, February 28, 2013. He was born May 26, 1950 in Elyria and was a 1968 graduate of Elyria High School. He received a bachelor degree in history from BGSU in 1972 and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He has been a resident of Lorain for the past 39 years.
Bill was formerly employed as a salesman for American General Life Insurance in Lorain and had also worked at Stanadyne Corp. in Elyria. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lorain. Bill enjoyed people watching, NASCAR, football, was an OSU fan, and loved his pet dogs, Oscar and Abbey.
Bill is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda J. (nee Dovala); daughter, Michelle L. (Mike Brown) Milchen of Lorain; brothers, Andrew (Nancy) Milchen, Jr. and Michael (Meg) Milchen, both of Elyria, and James Milchen of St. James, Texas. Also surviving are mother-in-law, Dorothy Dovala of Lorain; brothers-in-law, Wayne Dovala of Lorain and Dennis (Lori) Dovala of Amherst; sister-in-law, Cindy Dovala of Elyria; and several nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nicole Lynne in 1976; a son, Nathan William in 1981; father, Andrew P. Milchen in 2010; mother, Sophie M. (nee Kroll) in 1993; and father-in-law, Emil Dovala in 2010.
Friends will be received Monday, March 4, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. A funeral service will be held at 1 P.M., Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at First Lutheran Church, 603 Washington Ave., Lorain. Reverend Jimmy W. Madsen, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Protective League of Lorain County, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.