NORMAL — Henry “Hank” Milbradt passed away at his home in Normal on Jan. 6, 2015, at the age of 95 years old.
A memorial service will be at a later date at Vinje Point, Serpent Lake, in Deerwood, Minn. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Mended Hearts Inc.
Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Hank was born May 25, 1919, in Chicago, the son of Clarence J. and Rose Alice Curran Milbradt. He married Alice Hill Taylor in June 1978; she preceded him in death on June 18, 2001.
He is survived by his son, John (Sandy) Taylor, and daughter, Jane (John Lynch) Benjamin. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Shawn (Laura), Mark (Amber), Shannon, Nicole, Justin and Alex; great-grandchildren, Ben, Joey, Nathan, Andrew, Kennedy, Maddie and William; brother, Ken (Eve) Milbradt; two nieces, Pam Milbradt-Hufstader and Adrian Milbradt; one great-niece, Sara Collins; and two great-great-nieces, Katheryn and Callie Collins.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Bruce Milbradt.
He resided in his current home in Normal for more than 30 years. He and his beloved wife, Alice, spent glorious days traveling and participating in Mended Hearts. Hank had a deep passion for serving others as he built up the Mended Hearts program in Illinois, starting as chapter president and proceeding to inspire others to start chapters in Illinois. He always eagerly anticipated the annual conventions for Mended Hearts. He so enjoyed the people, the relationships and the new technical advances in the medical field that were highlighted at the national conventions. In 2009, he received the honor of Outstanding Service to the Midwest Region of the Mended Hearts Inc. in Orlando, Fla.
As a young man of 20, he signed up for one year of military service with the Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Alaska in 1939. In 1941, he was drafted into military service in World War II as a survey officer in the European Theater, including Normandy Beach, France and England. Hank was honorably discharged as WWII came to an end. He returned to Illinois to complete his education and begin work in sales and marketing for City Service Oil. After 30-plus years and corporate changes he retired from Growmark Inc., and he and Alice settled in Normal. They shared 20-plus years of travel and service in Mended Hearts.
Another great passion in Hank’s life was golf. He started on the golf course at 8 years old and kept teeing it up for 87 years. This truly was a passion and a motivation for him. He started as a caddy, working his way to becoming a senior golfer with a 4 handicap. In his later years, he always strived to maintain his goal to shoot his age or less. He golfed two to three times per week with the foursome, Phil Shannabarger, Ty Whitmer and Tom Cameron. He had a practice “putting space” in his living room on which he engaged all of his grandchildren and his summers at the cabin on Serpent Lake in Deerwood, Minn., always included 18 holes with John Taylor and the grandkids. He shared his passion and skill so eagerly. It was infectious!
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.