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Chesapeake - Stephen Albert Mildrum of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013 at his home. He was 53 years old.
Born in Dover, NJ, June 27, 1959, he was the son of Donald R Mildrum of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Cynthia C. Boyer of Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a 1977 graduate of West Morris Mendham High School, Mendham, NJ; a Cum Laude graduate 2003 of St. Leo University, Norfolk, VA and earning his teachers certificate in 2005.
Mr. Mildrum was a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy. "Chief", as he was called, served 24 years in the US Navy. Chief reported to basic training at Great Lakes, IL. After completion of Basic Training, he was assigned to the USS Bowen (FF-1079) homeported in Charleston, SC. During this sea tour, he made two major deployments, one to South America on "unitas Nineteen" and to the Mediterrean Sea. In 1982 Mr. Mildrum was assigned to the Naval Air Station, Willow Grove, PA, Recruiting Department and acted as Admin Support for 12 recruiters. For excellence in recruiting support, he was awarded a Letter of Commendation (Silver Wreath award) from Commander, Naval Reserve Force. In 1988, Chief was transferred to Naval Reserve Center, Wilmington, NC, where he was assigned as personnel supervisor. In 1992 assignment transferred him to sea duty on the US Fahrion (FFG-22), homeported in Charleston, SC. During this sea tour, he was awarded Sailor Of The Year for his excellent service in the Embargo with Haiti, during Desert Storm. Chief completed his sea tour and was assigned back to Naval Air Station, Willow Grove, PA. He was assigned to Personnel Support Detachment as reenlistment/discharges and retirement supervisor. Chief's last military transfer was in 1997 to the Second Naval Construction Brigade (Seabees), Amphibious Naval Base, Norfolk, VA. Chief Petty Officer Mildrum retired in 2001. Hired by USAA, he was a licensed Insurance Evaluator and adjustor. Earning his teachers certificate, Mr. Mildrum was a teacher at Hugo Oscar Smith High School, in the Chesapeake School District (Go Tigers!).
Mr. Mildrum was a member of Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA where he was a long time member.
Including his parents, survivors include his two sons, Morgan Andrew and Thomas Samuel Mildrum, both of Chesapeake and his sister, Beth L. Skoff, both of Scottsdale, AZ.
Family and friends are invited to attend his service at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 S. Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23322. Rev. Ramon Owens will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23322. Any floral arrangements should be delivered to the church on Thursday by 6:00 p.m.
Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.omanfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 15, 2013