Brockport: Milford A. Rahn of Brockport, NY and Zephyrhills, FL, age 95 at Gulfside Regional Hospice, March 22, 2014, with family at his bedside. He is survived by Doris (VanDerMeid), his wife of 68 years, daughter Carol (David Baxter) of London, England, son Douglas of Norwich, CT, three grandchildren, Joanne (Bryan) Wells, Cynthia (George) Obada and Peter, and four great-grandchildren, Gregory and Nicole Wells and Sophie and Lyvia Obada. He is predeceased by his brother Howard.
Born September 17, 1918, Milford was raised on a farm in Barre, NY. He trained as an engineer in the class of ‘42 at Rochester Atheneum and Mechanics Institute (now RIT) before serving in the 8th Army, 305th Bombardment Group, 365th Squadron during World War II. A B-17 ball turret gunner, he spent 11 months as a POW in Germany. In later years he spoke of these experiences, but in the belief that nation should not lift up sword against nation.
Milford and Doris enjoyed many years of square dancing and travelling. He was an untiring supporter of Brockport United Methodist Church, serving as trustee, lay leader, church school teacher, a leader of the major renovations in the 1960s and ingenious repairer of everything from the heating system to the organ. He will be remembered and much-missed for his warmth, sincerity and sly humor.
No calling hours. A service of remembrance will be held at the Brockport United Methodist Church at 2pm on Friday, April 4th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church, 92 Main Street, Brockport, NY 14420. Arrangements entrusted to the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Livonia-Honeoye. To send a condolence and for further information please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com