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.

Recognizing Lexington’s growth, Emmet supervised construction of a second mortuary in 1957. Located at 391 Southland Drive, the funeral home remains in service today along with the traditional downtown location and the newest facility that opened December 8, 2010 at 1509 Trent Boulevard.

Emmet was President of the National Selected Morticians in 1936 and was Secretary of the Kentucky State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers from 1936 to 1948. He was also involved with other businesses, serving as Director of Kentucky Utilities for 30 years and the First Security National Bank and Trust Company for more than 25 years.

His community involvement knew no bounds. He also served as Director of the Blue Grass Automobile Club for 42 years, twice serving as its President. When he was elected President of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, he was the youngest man ever so honored. Likewise, he was the youngest potentate to serve Oleika Shrine Temple at the age of 32, and he served as the Master of Lexington Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M. in 1935. He was honored in receiving the Lexington Optomist Cup in 1936 for outstanding service to the community.

An avid golfer, Emmet shot two holes-in-one at Idle Hour Country Club, the feats coming 25 years apart.

His enthusiasm for life and commitment to the community prompted The Lexington Leader to editorialize upon his death in October of 1972 that Emmet Milward was “an irreplaceable loss.”

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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