OBITUARY

Richard John Milhem

June 21, 1926October 14, 2021

Richard John Milhem, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Thursday, October 14, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1926 in Highland Park, MI to the late Kamel and Lamayda (nee: Johns) Milhem.

After he completed high school, Dick was drafted in the United States Army and served 19 months under the command of General Patton during the WWII conflict. Once he returned home from his military service, Dick acquired a position at Chrysler Motor Company working as a drivability specialist. After 36 years of dedicated service at Chrysler, Dick retired in 1988.

In the year 1978, he and his wife, Connie, embarked on their first major trip to Hawaii and continued to travel to more than 35 countries over the years.

His beloved wife of over 56 years, Constance (Nee: Stevenson) Milhem; his brother, Charles Milhem survive Richard.

Aside from his loving parents, Kamel and Lamayda, he is preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Elias; and one brother, William Milhem.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 in the Chapel of A.H. Peters Funeral Home (20705 Mack Avenue, at Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI), with visitation held from 11:00 AM until the start of service at 12 Noon.

He will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Salvation Army.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Charlie & Kerry Kasparian

October 24, 2021

Dear Aunt Connie,
We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We feel so blessed to have had you & Uncle Richard in our lives. His great big smile was contagious. We loved all of the stories of your travels and adventures together, Uncle Richard's funny stories of the past and both of your notes & emails.
Love, Charlie & Kerry


Richard K. Milhem

October 21, 2021

Dear Aunt Connie,
What can I say? Cyndy and I are so thankful for our wonderful day together with you and my dear Uncle just a few short weeks ago. That day proved just how sharp of mind and spirit Uncle Richard remained until the end of his storied, productive life. We will forever feel blessed to keep his memory and love in our hearts. He will be deeply missed and always loved. Goodbye Uncle. Thanks for all you did for us all throughout the years.
God speed,
Rick and Cyndy

Deborah Ingalls

October 21, 2021

Found this picture of Mike Doyle's house that I wanted to share. We all have fond memories of your family too!
Deb (Milhem) Ingalls

Mike Doyle

October 21, 2021

Lived across the street from the Milhems on Courville back in the 1950's and 1960's. Great family from top to bottom. Many fond memories of all of them. Always liked when Dick would pull his white Dodge convertible out of the driveway and take off down the street. Liked to put his foot to the floor for a bit. The car would rise and take off.
Great people, all of them. We have been gone for 58 years, but the Milhems are still fondly remembered in out heart. God bless you Dick and all your family.

Bill Ingalls

October 20, 2021

Goodbye, Uncle Richard.

I first met you in Colorado when you dropped by my house to examine who your niece had married. We sat on the front porch and talked, and liked each other.

We talked briefly about our mutual war experiences, and shared a few stories from the auto industry. Over the ensuing years you helped me innumerable times without a thought of reward. I was part of the family.

Thank you for being around. I will miss you.

Bill

George Ingram

October 20, 2021

Rest in Peace Dick. I am so glad to have met you that first day I hired in at Chrysler and worked along with you for many years as we both assumed different jobs in different groups. Your advice to not burn any bridges in my exit interview in 1975 when I went to American Motors really saved me from a big mistake. I listened to you and kept my mouth shut. After 3 years at AMC I was able to hire back in at Chrysler where I finished my career. Dick dedication to doing a great job for Chrysler was unmatched! Thanks for all that you taught me.

Deborah Ingalls

October 19, 2021

Thoughts on my dear Uncle Richard:

How to begin? Uncle Richard has been in my life since before I was born, eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new niece or nephew. Once I, his niece, arrived in September of 1953, he embraced his role as my devoted uncle wholeheartedly. His dedication to and love for our family throughout the years cannot be overstated. He went out of his way on numerous occasions to help my siblings and I with whatever problems we were having growing up (including keeping all of our respective cars running!), and helping me to save face in front of my parents when I did not report a damaged muffler that could have caused a serious incident later on.
After I was married and living in Colorado, he drove cross-country many times, and always made sure to invite my husband Bill and I out to a nice dinner whenever he was in town.
Much to my delight, he and Bill developed a close personal relationship, initially due to their mutual interest in all things automotive, but which later grew to the point where he truly accepted Bill as family, and vice versa.
We will always be grateful for his unending kindness, thoughtfulness, and sparkling wit and keen intelligence. He was truly a joy to know!
We will miss you, dearest Uncle. Love always, Deb (& Bill)

Tamra Elias

October 18, 2021

You are very loved. God Bless you and Aunt Connie. I'm so grateful for the time we spent together.

Love,
Tami Elias

Janice Milhem

October 18, 2021

Dear Aunt Connie,

With much sadness I'm so sorry for your loss. Uncle was an amazing storyteller and a generous spirit. I enjoyed talking to him about his early memories of growing up in Detroit, our heritage and family history. He spoke about relatives whom I never met but felt like I had by way of his animated narratives.

He will be remembered as a caring and thoughtful husband, uncle and, brother to my father, Charles. There wasn't one day that went by where my dad and uncle did not talk over the phone discussing days events. This was a great example of brotherly love. I'm glad that both Laurel, her sons and I had the chance to know him and his long and colorful life . He will be greatly missed. Love, Janice

Laurel Milhem-Watson

October 18, 2021

Dear Aunt Connie,

It was with much sadness to hear of my beloved Uncles passing. The boys and I will miss him dearly. The goodness is he created so many fond memories in mine and my children's life. He ALWAYS stood by his word. Our last visit was amazing. Despite him growing tired that summer day he ensured that his nephews were able to cross of each activity they wanted while we visited with you in Detroit. He put his own needs aside to make the boys visit amazing. We were so blessed to have you visit us in Texas. I remember me saying to him, "hmmm why don't you ever visit me?" I was half kidding, but so wanted you to come to our home. He said, "God will honey I will make a promise to visit you". By the grace of God and lots of effort on your part we were able to enjoy delightful family time. I could name countless times of love and affection as a child, but the list would be too long. I am blessed and proud to be family to such an amazing man and family. We love you with all our hearts. Laurel

FROM THE FAMILY