Master Sgt. John Methodius Milko, retired, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 76, of Exeter passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at his home.
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Born in Exeter, he was the son of the late John and Mary Hetro Milko. He was educated at Exeter High School, attended Morris County College, N.J., and Luzerne County Community College. He served in the United States Marine Corps, as well as New Jersey National Guard. He was a member of the 109th Field Artillery in Kingston where he was employed as a full-time administration technician. He received many state and national awards in his 42 years of military service. He was a 40- year member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
As a youth, he was a member of Exeter Boy Scout Troop 311. He was also an altar server at St. John the Baptist Church of Pittston. An award-winning golfer, he began as a caddy at Fox Hill Country Club. He also enjoyed hunting, trapping, gardening and picking mushrooms. He had been a lector at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Harding. Presently, he was a member of St. Barbara Parish in Exeter.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Marlene Milko, Theresa Milko Hromisin, a brother, Joseph Milko, and a nephew, Ronald Bell.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Gloria Pesta Milko; and daughters, Sherilyn and her husband, Mark Herron, Nanticoke; and Elaine and her husband, Paul Mesuk, Bloomfield,N.J.; grandchildren, Conal and Elora Herron and Julia Mae Mesuk; sister Anna Mae Bodosky; and a brother, Michael and his wife, Gayle Milko; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Mary E. Sokach and her staff, to the nurses and aides of Celtic Health Care, especially Francine Pernikoff and Michele Biduck for their compassion during John's 14- year journey with a spinal cord injury.
Military funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church (St. Barbara Parish), Wyoming Avenue, Exeter.
Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Dupont.
Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Citizens' Voice on June 22, 2014