Gavin Joseph Milder


Gavin Joseph Milder, 12, of Clinton Iowa passed away from injuries sustained in an accident on Saturday, July 13, 2019. A visitation will be held from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, July 21, at Lemke Funeral Home's - South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing Drive). Funeral services will occur at 11 am on Monday, July 22, at Lemke Funeral Homes - South Chapel. Burial takes place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.

Gavin was born March 8, 2007 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Benjamin and Jennifer (Baclet) Milder. He was looking forward to getting back with his 7th grade classmates at Clinton Middle School and participating again on the student council.

Gavin loved sports, he was a member of the Clinton Junior Baseball Team and the traveling CHAOS Baseball Team, a standout on the Clinton Junior Wrestling team and Young Guns Wrestling Club in Rock Island. He also played junior football.

Gavin loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. He also loved his dog, Bonnie. He loved hanging out with his best friend, his sister Emma. He was fond of telling jokes, he just wanted to see people smile and make someone happy. He was always willing to help anyone; he was very hard working always giving 110%. He was a polite, happy and loving boy who loved his friends and entire family very much.

Gavin is survived by his parents - Jenny and Ben Milder of Clinton; sister Emma of Clinton, maternal grandparents Jackie (Michael) Nelson of Clinton and Joseph (Ronda) Baclet of Dixon, Il; paternal grandparents Kathie (Lawrence) Musser of Savanna, IL and Dallas Milder of Davenport, IA; maternal great-grandmother - Nancy James of Clinton, IA; with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Preceding Gavin in death were his special great-grandfather - Harlan James and other great-grandparents.

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David Namer
Jul 21, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Gavin Joseph Milder by David Namer.  Send flowers
Audrey Thayer
Jul 21, 2019
To Gavin's Family:

You all are in my thoughts and prayers, have been since the moment I heard of this tragic accident. I am sending prayers for healing and strength in a time of darkness for all of you. God is near to the broken hearted. Lean on Him and Trust there must be a greater plan for Gavin in Heaven than He had here Earth. Love and comfort to all.

Audrey Thayer
Bryan Donovan
Jul 20, 2019
I am so sorry for you loss may God be with you and your family in this hard time
Ally Magana
Jul 20, 2019
He was one of my closest friends. We sat at lunch together, and I helped decorate his locker for his birthday. I'll miss u gavin. You were a great friend. One of my best friends. School won't be the same without you, but we will always remember you. Love, Ally.
Betty Halcomb
Jul 20, 2019
My heartfelt deepest condolences to Jenny, Ben, Emma & the whole family at this sad time. Gavin's beautiful smile & kind heart will be forever remembered.
Many hugs & love
Linda Eileen Sill Barnett, Silvis, IL
Jul 19, 2019
I was saddened to hear in the news, of the tragic accident that took the life of Gavin Milder. My heart hurts for all of you. My mother was Edwina Martha (Milder) Sill, her sister was Miriam (Milder) Healless, their mother and father were Edward and Alberta (Gundlefinger) Milder...all from Clinton, IA. My second cousin Mary Ann Milder used to organize a "Family Reunion" in Clinton, IA for years, until she passed on. IF, we are related, I do not know. In any case, I extend my deepest sympathies to all of you in the loss of your beloved son.
Timothy Schultz
Jul 19, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Gavin Joseph Milder by Timothy Schultz.  Send flowers
Andy Simmons
Jul 19, 2019
My condolences to the Milder Family during this time. No words can express my Sadness at this time. Continued Prayers for all. His Journey Continues. Godspeed and Bless his Soul.