The Youngest Generation: Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.

Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.

1969-Present

The sixth generation of the family to carry on the Milward family tradition, Robert E. Milward Jr. Joined his father in the business in 1994, and currently serves as Vice President.

A graduate of Indiana University and the National Foundation of Funeral Service, he attended The Lawrenceville School and graduated from Henry Clay High School, Morton and The Lexington School.

He is a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington Lodge #1 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Oleika Shrine Temple, Idle Hour Country Club and the University Club of Kentucky.

Rob is a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass, a member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Dream Factory, the Better Business Bureau of Central Kentucky, a founding Board member of the Southland Association, and a volunteer and former committee member for the American Heart Association.

His professional affiliations include Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH), Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky (FDAK), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and the National Foundation of Funeral Servie (NFFS), International Cemetery & Funeral Association (ICFA) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA).

Rob and Lee Threlkeld of Owensboro were married on April 27, 2002. They have two children, Kathryn Elliott Milward and William Emmet Milward II.

Like his Grandfather Emmet Milward, Rob recognized the need for a funeral home on the Southeast side of Lexington outside of Man O' War Boulevard and supervised construction of a third facility that opened December 8, 2010. Located at 1509 Trent Boulevard, the funeral home is uniquely built to offer families flexibility when planning a reception, funeral or cremation service.

The Beginnings: Joseph Milward
Joseph Milward

1803-1883

Born in Baltimore in 1803, Joseph was brought to Lexington as a young child by his widowed mother. At 16 he became an apprentice cabinet maker and for a time was a journeyman craftsman in Cincinnati and later in Richmond, Ky.

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A Key Decision: Col. William Rice Milward
Col. William Rice Milward

1842-1915

When Joseph retired, he turned the business over to his remaining sons in 1865. One of these sons, Colonel William Rice Milward, would eventually assume the leadership role.

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Attention to Detail: William Rice Milward, Jr.
William Rice Milward, Jr.

1869-1947

Born in 1869, “Will,” as he was affectionately known to his friends, joined his father in the family business in 1892 at the age of 23.

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An Admired Civic Leader: William Emmet Milward
William Emmet Milward

1904-1972

Emmet Milward entered the family business in 1926 and by 1942 had played an instrumental role in completing a comprehensive expansion and rehabilitation of the mortuary at 159 North Broadway.

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Continuing the Tradition: Robert Emmet Milward
Robert Emmet Milward

1936-Present

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Bob has carried forth the Milward tradition while serving on several professional associations — including Selected Independent Funeral Homes, Kentucky Funeral Directors Association and the National Foundation of Funeral Service.

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The Youngest Generation: Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.
Robert Emmet Milward, Jr.

1969-Present

The sixth generation of the family to carry on the Milward family tradition, Robert E. Milward Jr. Joined his father in the business in 1994, and currently serves as Vice President.

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