Milton Charles Very of Rogers City, Michigan, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 10 at his home.
He was a former resident of Oakdale. He was born in Denver, CO, moving shortly after with his parents, David and Blazana (Hegr) Very, to Oakland, where he grew up. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1947 after an interruption to serve in the United States Army.
Mr. Very owned and operated his own business for many years before turning the reins over to his son, Brian in 1989.
After his retirement, he turned his many talents to volunteering in the senior community. He served for eight years as a Senator in the California Senior Legislature. He was active on many boards on the city, county, and state level that were involved in senior issues. He was elected the Stanislaus County Senior Citizen of the Year in 1996.
He and his wife Dawn moved to Rogers City, MI in 2001 where he continued his work with seniors at the Rogers City Senior Center – helping many people with Medicare Part D. He served on the City Planning Commission, the Technical Advisory Committee and the served as Treasurer for the Rogers City Masons Lodge 493.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn; daughters, Lisa (Larry) Stoner, Kimberly Laabs; sons, Chris Very, Brian (Becky) Very; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation and a service was held at the Beck Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 14. The Rogers City Masonic Lodge followed with their funeral ritual. Rogers City V.F.W. Post 607 concluded services with a military tribute.
Remembrances may be sent in his memory to the Alpena Cancer Center or Hospice of the Sunrise Shore.
Beck Funeral Home, Rogers City, MI in charge of arrangements.