Charles T. Milum Jr.

November 20, 1943 ‒ September 19, 2008

Delaware, Ohio

Charles Thomas “Tom” Milum Jr., age 64 of Delaware died Friday morning, September 19, 2008 at Marion General Hospital.

He was born on November 20, 1943 in Delaware to the late Charles Thomas Clark and Elsie Milum Morgan. A lifelong resident of Delaware, he attended Willis High School before enlisting in the US Army. A veteran of Vietnam, he served 3 tours of duty and was awarded 3 Purple Heart Medals during his 12 years of service. The first Purple Heart was received when Milum was wounded while operating a machine gun aboard a helicopter in 1965, the second was received in ground combat while attacking the Viet Cong, and the third from shielding an officer from a grenade explosion.

Tom retired in 2003 after 24 years with the Buckeye Valley School District, where he worked in the maintenance department. Described as a workaholic, he enjoyed fishing on the waters of Lake Erie. Most proud of his children, whom he considered his greatest accomplishment, he lived a full life, without regret. He was a strong and stubborn man with a true heart of gold.

He is survived by son: C. Thomas Milum III of Grove City and daughter: Angela T. Boger of Marysville, Grandchildren: Trevor and Zachary Boger, Sisters: Shirley Lockhart of Delaware, Sonja Wade of Victorville, CA, and Judy Moreland of Sacramento, CA, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Also preceded in death by his grandparents: Scott and Sadie Milum, who raised him and an uncle Scottie “Junebug” Milum, who he considered his brother.

A time of reflection will be held Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Hilborn Room at Mingo Park, 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware. Military honors will be provided 3:00 p.m. by the U.S. Army. Friends and family are asked to bring a favorite memory of Tom to share was we celebrate his life. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Delaware.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Assoc.

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