John R. Milton, 82, of Nokomis, Florida, passed away on Feb. 14, 2019.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18., at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church. The Illinois services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, Illinois with visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial is 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations are made to Habitat for Humanity, 280 Alligator Dr, Venice, FL 34293. To share a memory of John or to leave a condolence for the family visit

He was born in Pomona, Kansas, to H. Truman and Edna Milton on Jan. 26, 1937. John was a graduate of Kansas State University, a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and served in the US Army.

John came to Nokomis in 1998 from Hawthorne Woods, Illinois. He was a plant manager and worked in the international division of Kraft Foods, retiring after 35 years with the company. John was a member of the Rotary Club, a member at Calusa Lakes Golf Club and an active member at Grace United Methodist Church, leading their travel club. John was active with Habitat for Humanity and a principal member of their recycling team.

Surviving family members include his wife, Martha; children, Harry (Bonnie) Milton, Kaydene (Tom) Stachelski, Michelle (Richard) Bunke; Martha’s children, Ann (Jody) Kelly, Rob (Tina) Benson, and Russell (Carole) Benson; grandchildren, Ryan, Elizabeth, Melissa, Rachael, Ryan, Jillian, Eric, Alex and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Addison, Katie, Layla, Dylan and Nolan; sister, Judith (Clem) Bartak; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa Ann Ward Milton.