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JOSHUA WAYNE MILSAPS, 30 LOVING AND ADORED SON, BROTHER, HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDCHILD, NEPHEW, COUSIN AND FRIEND ROCKFORD - Joshua Wayne "Josh" Milsaps, 30, of Rockford was born May 18, 1982, to Richard Milsaps and Twyla (Milsaps) D'Angelo Hauser. He graduated from Durand High School in 2000. He entered into the U.S. Marine Corps right after high school and completed his basic training in San Diego, Calif. He then received Marine Mountain Warfare Training in Bridgeport, Calif. After completing his training, he was transferred to Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. LCPL Joshua Milsaps served in the First Battalion, Second Marine Division. Veteran of the Iraq War, Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Joshua's service, he was awarded Combat Action Ribbon (Iraq), Marines Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2nd Award) and National Qualification Badge (Sharpshooter). While stationed at Camp Lejeune, Josh met and married his loving wife, Karen. They were then blessed with a son, Joshua Antonio, and a daughter, Sophie Isabella. Upon being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, Josh moved back to Illinois. He then pursued his passion for cooking and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago and received his associate's degree. He then went back to Le Cordon Bleu to receive his baking and pastry certification. After his studies in baking and pastry, he moved to Mexico City, Mexico, to be with his wife and children while he worked at the Marriot Hotel to complete his Le Cordon Bleu externship for baking and pastry certification. Josh is a son any parent would be proud of, a brother any sibling would look up to, a husband any wife would love, and a father any child would adore. Josh is going to be missed by all who were blessed to make his acquaintance. Anyone who met him became his friend for life. He always had a smile and could make people smile instantly. He was smart, funny, laughed all the time, told jokes, and was quick witted. Josh lived with passion and a zeal for life. He was a brave man not only in the U.S. Marines, but also in making decisions for his life. When Josh set his mind to doing something, he excelled. Josh is a true hero. Life will not be the same without him, but he will live in our hearts forever. God bless as your spirit lives on in heaven. Survived by wife, Karen Milsaps; son, Joshua Milsaps; daughter, Sophie Milsaps; father, Rick Milsaps; mother, Twyla Hauser; father, John Hauser; sister, Jada Hauser; brother, Johnny Hauser; grandmother, Dolores D'Angelo; uncles, Tylor D'Angelo, Tim D'Angelo (Godfather), Ted (Mary) D'Angelo, Joe (Amber) D'Angelo, Jeff (Judy) Milsaps, Mike Milsaps and Jim Milsaps; aunts, Teri (Ed) Herbert, Tina (Steve) McCarty; cousins, Mercedes Alonzo, Jake Turner, Eric Herbert, Heather Montoya Herbert, Niki Byrant, Ariel, David, Catie, John, James and Jennifer D'Angelo, Chris Wolfe, Carolyn, Teresa and Kimberly Lee, Allison and Erin Grennan, Jordan, Jake, Keith, Derek, Julie, Greg, Melanie, Robbie, Leslie, Andy and Autumn Milsaps, and many more cousins and loving extended family of grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunts. Predeceased by grandfathers, John D'Angelo and Howard Milsaps; grandmother, Edna Milsaps; aunt, Brenda Grennan; uncle, Bob Milsaps. Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park; Father Kenneth Stachyra will officiate. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park. Visitation from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the funeral home. Deacon Rich Gerdeman will officiate. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Disabled Veterans Foundation, Support Our Troops, or Big Brother/Sister. To share condolences, please visit sunsetfhmemgardens.com.


Published in Rockford Register Star from July 17 to July 19, 2012
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