Milton Earl Charland

MILTON EARL CHARLAND
September 16, 1943-May 26, 2017

Milton was the last child born to John Peter (Pete) Charland and Lena Bertha (Winter) Charland. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: John (Pete) , Jr., Eleanor (Leonard) Morton, Wilfred), Margaret (Mickey), Carolyn (Robert) Froehlich, and Paul, and his nephew Jerry Charland. He left behind his nephews John P, III (Jan) and James(Laurie) Charland and nieces Joyce (Bob) Jakey and Janice (Mike) Kelly,11 grand nieces and nephews, 6 great grand nieces and nephews and his very special friend Darina Nenova.
Milton enjoyed life, whether he was traveling, camping, or just hanging with his friends and listening to music. He was always willing to help friends and relatives with everything from fixing cars to helping understand how computer programs worked. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes and making people laugh.

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  1. Milt was kind. He was fun to be with, and always quick to come to the aid of anyone who needed any kind of help.
    He will be missed by many.

  2. Milt was a unique individual. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. In his day, he fixed more friends cars than most neighborhood car shops! To say he will be missed is a massive understatement.
    I personally will always remember melting beer bottles in campfires at Chandler Park; driving around with Milt, Ron, Vince and/or others sipping beverages and laughing at the world. He most definitely will be missed but not forgotten! Jim Lueck

  3. Faraci Vincent J. Jr.

    Milk was a good friend to many, he love camping traveling , I remember the many trips we took to Las Vegas to trips camping out west and north of Higgins Lake many bonfires in the bonding of all his friends. Milt was always there when you needed him he’s always there to give a helping hand he will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace brother see you another time . Love ya Vince

  4. The first time I met Milt I knew he was a special individual. Always there to help if needed and asked nothing in return except your friendship. Kind and giving were two words the immediately come to mind when I think of Milt. There will never be another Milt.
    Rest in peace Milt

  5. Christine Davis

    I will really miss talking with Mr. Charland. He was such a kind person. He was always so upbeat. We would talk about all the great times he had in Las Vegas. No matter what was going on with him medically, he was always positive. I will miss him very much.

  6. Milt was a dear friend for 50 yrs. Always helping everyone. Milt and his brother Willie did all the body work, restoring & repainting Patty’s “67” Barracuda to mint condition. Milt hooked up a sound synthesizer to Jim’s Christmas tree (Oh wow man!!!) . Next Xmas at Mark’ s we kept the tree up till May (messy but oh soooo cool)!!! As partial repayment for that and many other favors over the years, our whole gang of friends re-roofed Milts house on Wilfred St. There were lots of torn jeans and sore butts and knees from the many nails in the original roof. We all still joke about that. Milt’s mom made enough food to feed an army. Milt’s whole family was great!
    Milton, here’s to the good times, camping, riding the bikes, bowling, bars & all partying we did & did & did We will miss you…..Say Hi to Ron & Bill..

  7. Truly another great loss…..he will be missed for sure by a lot…..

  8. I first met Milt when I was 14 or 15 years old. I think I actually met Paul first, when I saw that blue hot rod (39 Chevy?) named “Tall Paul” parked on Wilfred, and just had to know who owned it !
    Over the years, many friendships developed, and the “Outer Drive & Chalmers” gang grew. Alice, Kathy & Cathy, Judy, Ron, Vince, Augie, Nadlecki, and many more friends later from Notre Dame & Denby.
    We got together almost every night, cruising Big Boys, Dunkenburger’s, A&W, Chandler Park, Belle Isle, and racing on Outer Drive !
    Milt was always there to help, he loaned me his car many times. He had that great ’55 black Pontiac convertible. When my car broke down, he was there to fix it. One time I blew out a rear wheel bearing at night on I-96 near Howell. The next day, Milt and I went to a junkyard, pulled the axle shaft, drove out to the car, and did the swap on the shoulder of the interstate ! That’s the kind of great guy he was……….
    I bet he and Ron are figuring out a way to drag race on Outer Drive right now !
    Rest in peace, Uncle Milty !

    Ray Shelide
    (Kilbourne & Chalmers)

  9. So sorry we lost him too soon. We will miss hm.44

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