Robert Milich, 89, of Poway, Calif., died Wednesday at the Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 6, 1924, in Butler, he was a son of the late Rade Milich and Mildred (Kosovac) Milich.
Robert was a member of the Armco Boy Scout Troop 16 and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940.
At the age of 17, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy
. During World War II
, he participated in the landings on D-Day at Normandy. He served in Southern France, the Philippines, and Okinawa. During his 30 years of service, he also saw action in Korea and Vietnam. He participated in several nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific. Robert retired with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer E9 in August of 1973.
He was a member of the USS LST 494 Association and the American Legion Post 778 and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 249 of Butler.
Following his retirement from the Navy, Robert worked for 10 years for the Poway School District. After retiring from the school district, he continued to volunteer at high school events for several years.
Although his military career took him to many different places, in his heart, Butler was always home. He frequently visited, especially for the Milich family reunions. He remained a member of the St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Lyndora.
Surviving are his sons, Vance VanVelzer of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., Robert Milich Jr. of Long Beach, Calif., and Michael Milich of Boulder Creek, Calif.; one daughter, Patricia Cypher of Escondido, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one brother, George Milich of Butler; and four sisters, Eva Dano, Stella DeLess, Lillian Reott and Dorothy Hays, all of Butler, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary (Burrows) Milich; three brothers; three sisters, and three cousins who were also raised by his parents.
Milich - Friends of Robert Milich, who died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, will be received from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Lyndora. Funeral services will then follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Wargo, pastor, will officiate. Robert will be returned to California for interment with military honors in Miramar National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in his memory to the St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 201 Penn Ave., Lyndora, PA 16045.
Information also is available at www.geibelfuneralhome.com