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“Kathy, I'm so sorry For Bill's passing. OMG. JoAnne called me to tell me. I'm in Florida for a while. Wish I was home to be with you during this...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Diane Wheeler - Zephyhills, FL

“We are so very saddened to learn of Milby's passing. He was a great neighbor and very kind and welcoming to us in the neighborhood. We will miss his...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Maria Camacho - Rock Falls, IL

“Billy and I had much fun growing up together at Viola and Kenny's. He was a fine man and I give you my deepest sympathy and love.Janet Benson Windish ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Janet Benson Windish - YATES CITY, IL

“Kathy thinking of you and family Remembering fond memories of camping at Crow Valley We had a great group And many memories Praying that all your...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Jim and Laurie Brandenburg - IL

“Both my wife and I extend our deepest sorrow to Bill's family at his passing. Our prayers for his family at this time of their loss. I know that Bill...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Edward Mulvaney - Rock Falls, IL

“So sorry, words cannot express. Heaven gained another ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Barb Dejonge - Rock Falls, IL

“My heart breaks for you and your family ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Elsie Preston

“We are so sorry to hear the loss of Bill. You are in our continuous thoughts and prayers. Dawn and Greg Goetz ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Dawn and Greg Goetz - Waukesha, WI

“Kathy I'm so SORRY to hear of Bill's passing. Being in the fire service I got to know Bill well. Attending arson investigation class together at U of...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Boyd Van Dellen - Fulton, IL

“RIP Bill. From Harold, Joyce, Mike and Jon Cantrell. Your life made a difference in many lives in the Rock River Valley. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Jon Cantrell - Daytona Beach, FL

“Kathy and family, it saddens me to hear Bill has passed. He was such a kind and caring man and will be missed by so many. In the days ahead I pray...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Lindsley-Means - IN

“Kathy, it was tough to hear of Bill's passing. I have been thinking of the fun times we had back in the day.Wishing you and the family the best...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Jess Lopez - Iowa City, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Arlene at Belscots. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Jeannette Lewis/Bell (Joslin) - WI

“Cathy,so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Seyller - Morrison, IL

“My deepest sympathy to Kathy and all her family. Bill was a kind soul in all the years I have known him coming in at the bank. Hugs to you at this...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Cherie Leopard Johnson - Sterling, IL

“Bill was not only a great fireman but an awesome man and gentleman. We were coworkers' across the driveway and when he sat in front of my desk I knew...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Julie sutton - Coworker

“So sorry to hear this. May you rest in peace Bill. Fly with the Angels. Sorry for your family, Thought and prayers to them. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Emily Darby-Brandon - Morrison, IL


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It is with great sadness the family of Bill Milby had to say goodbye to him on Thursday August 27, 2020 as he left the earth for eternal life with God and all of his family and friends that preceded him. He died at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago from complications of renal cancer.

He was born on March 3, 1960 in Sterling, the son if Elmer and Gladys "Leta" (Skaggs) Milby and was a 1978 graduate of Rock Falls High School where he excelled in tennis. He married Kathleen "Kathy" (Arduini) Mechanca on May 20, 1994 in Rock Falls. Bill was able to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a fire fighter, when he joined the Rock Falls Fire Department achieving the rank of Deputy Chief in 2013. He retired in 2018 after more than 30 years of service. His civic duty did not end at being a fire fighter. He was elected to the Whiteside County Board in 2006 and served on many committees. At the time of his death, he served as chairperson of the Judiciary and Wage and Salary Committees.

Bill found great joy in hunting and fishing and shared that joy with some of his best friends; too many to mention, but they know who they are.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children: Amber (Phillip) Peugh, Angela (Pat) Dunagan, Mariel (Kody) Kester , Mariah Menchaca and Vicente (Bonnie) Menchaca; his mother Leta Milby; his sister Connie Carter; his "special brother" Larry Park; his aunt Joyce (Earl) Devers; several brothers and sisters in laws; his mother –in-law Arlene Arduini; 13 grandchildren with another one due in January 2021 and one great grandchild due in February 2021.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; his daughter Brianna Menchaca; his great granddaughter Brealynn Menchaca; his grandparents: Leonard (Minnie) Skaggs and William (Floy) Milby; and his father in law Tony Arduini.

Masks and social distancing requirements will be in effect for a public visitation to allow 50 persons at a time to attend on Wednesday September 2, 2020 from 4-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The funeral services will follow on Thursday at 10 AM at the R.B. & W. Riverfront Ampa theater Park with fire department chaplains, the Reverend Brian Tribley and the Reverend Roger Carlson co-officiating. The service will be concluded by the ceremonial ringing of the bell by the fire department honor guard.

Memorials may be made to the Rock Falls Fire Department or to Rock River Hospice & Home.