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Dr. Thomas Jacob Milleman

January 5, 1941 - April 15, 2019
From: Glen Ellyn, IL
Dr. Thomas Jacob Milleman

Dr. Thomas Jacob Milleman

Born: January 5, 1941
Died: April 15, 2019
Age: 78

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Dr. Thomas Jacob Milleman 78 of Glen Ellyn, Illinois passed away April 15, 2019 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Schaumburg, Illinois of complications of Lewy body disease.  

     Thomas was born January 5, 1941 in Spencer, Iowa the son of Anthony (Tony) and Helen Milleman.  He grew up on a farm north of Spencer.  He attended the country school Meadow No. 9 until 8th grade, where he then attended the new Sacred Heart Parochial School in Spencer.  Thomas was one of its first graduates and he then graduated from Spencer High School in 1958.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1962 in Industrial Technology.  He later received a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology in 1965 from the University of Northern Colorado and a PH.D. degree from the University of Missouri in 1974 in Industrial Technology with a concentration in electronics. Thomas taught electronics in high school in the Chicago area suburbs from 1962 to 1969.  He then was Professor of Electronics and Coordinator of the Electronic Technology Department at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois from 1969 until his retirement.

     Thomas lived in his home in Glen Ellyn and enjoyed traveling, gardening, and a special love of woodworking and tools.  He enjoyed the outdoors, nature, wildlife, gardening, with some hunting and fishing and visiting relatives and the family farm in Spencer, Iowa.  He had a long time friendship with his special friend, Frances Dean and traveled and spent time together with her and her family.  Tom was a member and active in the DuPage Woodworkers Club.

     The family would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Sunrise Assisted Living of Schaumburg, Illinois and the Amita Hospice Program Alexian Brothers Hospital of Elk Grove, Illinois and all hospice programs everywhere who help those in time of need.

     Thomas was preceded in death by his parents: Tony and Helen, and by nephew, Dr. John Milleman and his wife, Katie.  He is survived by his brother, Dr. Leo (Jane) Milleman of Ames, IA. His sister, Mary (Virgil) Young of Waukee, IA.  Nephews: Dr. Mark (Joanne) Milleman of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Ryan (Katie) Jenkins of Johnston, Iowa and niece, Katie (Mark) Charter of Ankeny, Iowa and seven grandnieces and nephews.  Also his very special friend, Frances Dean of Schaumburg, Illinois along with friends, neighbors, and comrades.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Virgil Young
Mark Milleman
Ryan Jenkins
Kathryn Charter
Dan Merten
Dallas Merten

Jim Hoekstra
Wayne Mair
Bob Alexander
Will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Service at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8:45 PM
“I worked for "Doc" at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn for about 7 years back in the mid 80s. I remember him as a kind and civil man, easygoing and always friendly. I left Illinois in 1991 and moved to Arizona. Doc helped me get my first job as a college teacher here in Phoenix (Letter of Recommendation). I didn't keep in touch with him, but did give him a phone call about 2 years ago at his home in Glen Ellyn. Tonight it's Christmas season again and I thought about this gentle man and wanted to send a Christmas greeting. I'm sorry, Doc, that I missed you. Hope you have lots of farm machinery and shop tools where you are in heaven. pf”
- Paul Fortune
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:55 AM
“Mary, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your brother! Although I didn't know him, reading from some of the condolences here, he must have been a wonderful guy! Please take care of youself!”
- Gina Folsom
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:24 PM
“I met Tom in the Fall of 1966 when I began teaching at Lake Park High School. Tom had been teaching there for a few years and was a well liked teacher, and he was known throughout the area for the State of the Art Electronics Lab that he personally had built for the school.
In June of 1967 Tom and I ordered a Volkswagen Camper Van to be picked up in Shannon, Ireland and used for our planned tour of Europe. Tom and I drove a total of 13,000 miles. We went as Far East as Istanbul and as far North as Bergen, Norway. Tom was the chief mechanic and kept the van in top shape, and I was the historian. We saw most of Europe except for the Eastern countries due to the presence of the Russian army. There were many highlights and a few mishaps along the way (I backed into a telephone pole in Berlin, and Tom wasn't able to find a Catholic Church anywhere in Istanbul).
After 72 days spent in the van and telling each other our life stories over and over again, we were still best friends. I'll always remember this wonderful trip!
Fifty years ago Tom served as the Bestman in my wedding, and we remained friends all of these years. Tom was a very good and kind man. I will miss our talks and laughs. God Bless you Tom, may you Rest In Peace.”
- Bob Alexander
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:42 AM
“Leo, Jane and family. So sorry about your brothers passing Leo. It was very evident in the video that you were very close to him. My condolences to you all and may he now rest in peace.”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:31 AM
“So sorry Leo to hear about the passing of your brother Tom. Our condolences to you and your family.”
- Frank Fitzloff
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:44 AM
“Mary, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. May you find comfort in fond memories and the thoughts and prayers of your friends.”
- Gene Hall
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