Robert Earl Millett
Robert Earl Millett, 88, Pekin, Ill. and formerly of Rock Island, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Pekin, Ill-.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Rock Island. The family will meet friends from noon until the time of the service at the church.
Burial will be in the Rock Island Arsenal Natonal Cemetary with full military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice, Heritage Foundations or the Wounded Warriors or any military organization of the donors choice.
He was born July 28, 1925, in East Moline, Ill. to Merlin Lyle and Erie Lucille Hyland Millett.
He graduated from United Township High School in East Moline and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps while still in high school.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of Corporal and participated in the Guam, Tinian, Saipan and Okinawa campaigns with the 1st Separate Engineering Batallion attached to the 1st Marine Division.
Following his service in the Marine Corps, he married Laura A. Westlic on Sept. 7, 1946. She preceeded in death.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and a Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
He was the general manager of McCabe’s Dry Goods store in downtown Rock Island for 22 years.
He was mayor of Rock Island from 1985 to 1989.
He was a past Vice President General of the North Central District of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution and past state president of the Iowa Society Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the Marine Corps Historical Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, War of 1812 and was a life long member of the First Baptist Church of Rock Island. He was also a former member of SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives.
He is survived by two daughters, Suzette (Darrell) Wilkins of Mt. Pleasant, and Michele (Christopher) Nelson of Pekin, Ill.; five granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his wife; parents; one brother, Merlin L. Millett, Jr.; and one sister, Nancy (William) Ward.