Bernard Milbocker

Bernard Joseph "Buster" Milbocker

Sunday, December 27th, 1931 - Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
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Bernard J. “Buster” Milbocker, of Allegan, Michigan, passed away at his home peacefully on February 5, 2020. He was born in Gaylord, Michigan on December 27, 1931, eldest son of the late Sylvester and Margaret (Pack) Milbocker. Buster spent most of his childhood in northern Michigan before moving to the Chicora area in the late 1940’s. Buster was an honored Marine serving during the Korean Conflict, earning the Purple Heart by being wounded in battle shortly after his 21st birthday on New Year’s Day in 1953. After the war he went to work for Pickett and Schurer in 1954 where he began seven decades in the construction industry. Buster met Colleen and they were married in 1955. It was around this same time that Buster’s father started his own business which eventually became, Milbocker & Sons, and worked alongside his father and brothers throughout the State of Michigan. Buster enjoyed the outdoors, spending many hours of his life hunting and fishing, taking many trips with family and friends across the country and Canada. Buster and Colleen spent 44 years together raising a family and traveling. After Colleen’s death, Buster married Vera Melvin, and they spent many happy years together, enjoying family and friends. Buster was a tremendously hard-working man, always a gentleman, and a truly wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Buster is survived by his second wife, Vera, four children and their spouses, Steven (Robin) Milbocker, Kathy (Randy) DeMann, Susan (Garth) Maurer and Scott (Peggy) Milbocker; two step-sons, Steven Melvin and Jeffrey (Darla) Melvin; one sister, Julia Milbocker (Wayne Burton); two brothers, Paul “Gene” (Shirley) Milbocker, Michael (Onalee) Milbocker; two sisters-in-law, Jean Milbocker and Darlene Milbocker; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Colleen Hiatt, his brothers, Robert “Moe”, James, and David; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Michael (Barb) Melvin; step daughter-in-law, Kathy Melvin; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willis and Edith Hiatt.

Cremation will take place with a private interment in Hudson Corner’s cemetery. The family will receive family and friends at a later date and location to be determined. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to The Wings Home, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, MI 49010; or Camp Kidwell, 39000 1st Avenue, Bloomingdale, MI 49026.
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Crystal Lung

Posted at 12:01am
I remember how much love and support that Buster and Colleen gave me as a teenager. I have so many special moments and memories to count. What a special man this earthly world has lost but forever in many thoughts and hearts. So much love given to the Milbocker family.

Debby Ramey Burnett

Posted at 08:36pm
I will always remember the great times with the Milbocker family in River View Park. Buster and Colleen were always so kiind to me and so welcoming. Very sorry to hear of Buster's passing. He was a gentle giant to this little kid. Hugs to Steven, Kathy, Susie and Scott.

Patricia Koning

Posted at 09:40pm
You could search the world over and never find a better friend or man, he was a friend for over sixty years and when you seen him he always had that impish grin and a big hug waiting for you. He will create a huge void in many lives that no one else can ever fill. To the whole family you are in my thoughts and prayers, God bless you.

Pat Page Koning


Jackie Thompson

Posted at 05:08pm
Buster was a great man you knew what kind of man he was the minute you met him kind caring loving happy .He always had a hug and a smile for you when he saw you . I never heard a bad thing said about anyone from Buster He will be missed by many and his family will be lost without him He is with Colleen and smiling down on all of you. Keep your memories close and he will always be in your heart. God bless you all. Your in my thoughts and prayers
Jackie Thompson

Patricia Miner

Posted at 07:16pm
Just thinking of his fine character and how much fun he was. Always great to be around. My heart goes out to the family.
Love, Pat Miner

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