Milo K. Blecha 12/6/1921 - 11/11/2013 Milo Blecha was born in 1921 on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska. Milo lived as a youth through the Great Depression and the drought of the 1930's. Like many other children of this time he had to grow up fast to help and support his family. After high school graduation, Milo attended Wayne State in Nebraska. His last year was interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Milo volunteered to serve as a B-17 pilot and flew more than 35 missions over Europe. When the war ended, he received an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corp and returned to the states to marry Evelyn Montgomery in 1945. He reentered Wayne State and completed his degree in education. He then taught at Wayne and Clarkson High School where he also coached the high school basketball team. During this period Milo received a Masters of Arts from the University of Wyoming and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Nebraska. He next went on to teach at Butler University in Indianapolis and then moved to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he taught science education for 27 years and served as Head of the Department of Elementary Education for 22 years. He received many awards and citations for the work in his field and served as Senior Author of a national best selling elementary and junior high textbook science series. He retired to Sonoita, Arizona in 1983 where he continued to help the community. He served as the Commander of the American Legion and VFW
in Patagonia. He was president of the Elgin club and spent six years serving on the Sonoita Volunteer Emergency Services Board. He also served on the Sonoita Rodeo Board. During his retirement he enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, golfing and especially enjoyed having time to spend in nature as he watched the changing weather patterns of the Southwest, the sunsets and the always present wildlife which included tangling with a few rattlesnakes. His first love was always his family and his greatest accomplishment was being a wonderful husband and father. He is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn of 68 years, his three living children, Bonnie Blecha, Peter Blecha and his wife Kathy, Pattie Holter and her husband Tom Holter; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His daughter, Betty Blecha, predeceased him when she died June 8, 2012. His three brothers, Joe, Frank and Lambert and his sister, Libby Lenz predeceased him. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Patch. Milo achieved much in life. For those closest to him, our memories of him will be of a loving father and husband, a man who loved a good joke, a man who was a avid St Louis Cardinal baseball and Nebraska football fan, a man who loved the universe and was constantly fascinated by nature and the earth and a man who was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He will be always missed and remembered lovingly and fondly. The family is holding a private service. Arrangements were handled by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME.