Joseph Andrew “Joe” Milan

Sep 25, 1935 - May 31, 2022

age 86, of Armstrong Creek, unexpectedly passed away on May 31, 2022. He was born on September 25, 1935. He was a 1953 graduate of Goodman High School. After High School Joseph started his career at Cracker Jack in Chicago, IL. He quickly changed his profession to a Machinist at Carl G. Wicklander in Chicago, with his best friends Frank Gudowicz and Paul Renkas. In 1968, Joseph moved his family back to Armstrong Creek. Joe immediately found employment with Louisiana-Pacific through his retirement with Goodman Forest Ind. for over 30 years. In 1970 Joseph built a repair and welding shop in the original Armstrong Creek Grocery Store and he expanded the shop in 1972 with the help of his father Andrew. Joseph was an excellent welder and machinist that was matched by few and far between.

Joseph always gave without a thought of himself, he was a person who never hesitated to give all of himself. He was a true community inspiration. He will always be remembered by his strong working hands and his willingness and determination to keep all local loggers and farmers equipment up and running whether it was a for money or bartering for wood or food. Joseph always helped his neighbor.

Joe is survived by children: Joseph Milan of Armstrong Creek, Sherrill Phillion of Big Rapids, MI, Matthew (Betsy) Milan of Goodman, Me’Chille (Russ) Klatt of Goodman, Katherine (John) Amaral of Armstrong Creek, Robert (Brooke) Milan of Armstrong Creek, Jackie (Robert) Church of Goodman, and Michael (Amy) Milan of Florence; grandchildren: Hannah, Michael, Patrick, Joey, Dominick, Elizabeth, Joseph, Heide, Valerie, Ben, Amanda, Peter, Dillon, Meagan, Marrissa, Jarod, Jake, Jo, Lisa, John Edward, and Jason; great grandchildren: Bayden, Kaylee, Weston, Logan, Mason, Kendra, Violet, Calahan, Reese, Ava, and Nevaeh; sister, Jenny Matusky of Mauston, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Andrew and Katherine Milan; son, Daniel; brothers: Ignatious, John, and Hank; sister, Everlyn; son-in-laws: Peter, Ed, Gary.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am on Saturday June 11, 2022, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek with visitation starting at 9am. Father Albert Balderas will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery.

Joe’s family would like to send a sincere thank you to the staff at Marshfield Medical Center in Iron Mountain for their care and compassion.

Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting Joe’s family with arrangements.

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday Jun 11, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church [map]


Saturday Jun 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church [map]

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Kassandra Follett

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Edmund K. Miller

Joe and I were in the largest class ever at Goodman High School and took many classes together over the 4 years from 1949-1953. He was a good friend and a cheerful classmate. He played on the football team for 4 years including an undefeated season in 1952. We ran the half mile race in track together in 1953. We also shared 4 years of chorus and band.

Joanie McLain

Uncle Joey was a strong willed, strong minded Man. He helped anyone that needed help and all he asked for was respect and kindness in return. His passing has left a huge hole in our family. We will remember him sitting outside the garage or walking to the shop. Rest In Peace because you will forever remain in our hearts.

Larry and Linda McClelland

So sorry for your loss sounds like he was a awesome father and a great friend prayers for your family

Sherrill Phillion

My visits back home will never be the same,dad I saw you weather some of the toughest storms of life and come out on top with joy,it made you the dad I will treasure in my heart forver,and will miss our rides for pie & coffee.forvever in my heart.

Katherine Amaral

You may not be with me anymore. But my love for you will always be in my ❤️. I MISS YOU DAD!

Mike & Shari Hohne

So sorry for your loss! Sherrill & Elizabeth told us stories of their father & grandfather's life. He was greatly loved. So happy Violet got to know her great grandpa. Memories will fill your souls! Deepest sympathy & love!

Sandy Lane (Bednarz)

So sorry for your family's loss. Prayers going out to to everyone during this difficult time.