STERLING – Arlo R. Millican, 87, of Sterling, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Arlo was born April 23, 1925, in Bismarck, the son of Albert and Myrtle (Rogers) Millican. He married Martha Jones on May 12, 1946. He married Patricia (Nordhaus) Wheeler in 1981. He was a veteran of World War II, having been drafted in 1942. He served until 1946 in the Army, through which he was awarded numerous medals. Arlo spent the next decade working in the oil fields in Salem. He gave up the oil fields for college. Under the GI Bill, he attended Eastern Illinois University for 2 years, then transferring to the University of Illinois.
In 1955, he began his career at the Sterling Gazette as a retail advertising manager. In 1981, he was promoted to advertising director, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.
Arlo had served as past president of the Emerald Hill Men’s Club; past president of the Lions Club; a past Scoutmaster; past Little League manager; and a past chairman and past member of the city of Sterling Planning Commission. He was a member of Sterling American Legion Post 296, and Sterling-Rock Falls Elks Club. He also served as an original Sterling Chamber ambassador.
Surviving are his wife, Pat; his grandson, Matthew Millican; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hayden; his stepson, Michael Wheeler; his stepdaughter, Terri Wheeler; his five stepgrandchildren, LeAnne (Gabriel) Book, JoAnne (Dave) Vasek, Megan Wheeler, Carli Wheeler, and Clinton Younger; and two step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Terry Millican; a grandson, Tyler Millican; his parents; six sisters; one step-great-grandson, Cayden Wright; and his former wife, Martha Millican.
There will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded. McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s disease research would be appreciated.