Susan Mary Martin was born on September 11, 1939 to Vivian (Rieck) and Theodore Martin in Kankakee, Illinois. She passed away on May 25, 2020 surrounded by her kids, after battling Alzheimer’s disease.  

On December 1, 1957, Susan married the love of her life, Sherman “Kelly” Milton. The Miltons were named runners-up for Farm Family of the Year in 1982. Sue felt a tremendous sense of pride in her sons and grandson continuing the farming tradition. 

She is survived by three of her children: Kelli Sue (Larry) Arseneau of Bourbonnais, Lisa (Paul) Tutt of Blythewood, SC, and Brian (Melissa) Milton of Kankakee; 12 grandchildren: Katie (Pete) Bretzlaff, Anna (Todd) Tanis, Maggie Tutt, Jenna (Doug) Rease, Alex Tutt, Austin (Candace) Milton, Molly Tutt (Jacob McLocklin,) Ross (Lyndsey) Milton, Jake Tutt, Thomas Milton, Claire Milton, and Jillian Milton; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She was a sister to Sandra, Tom, and Michael. She was a graduate of Kankakee High School.

She worked with children at several schools, including St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Bonfield Elementary, and Limestone School. 

Susan was a lifelong member of the Lutheran faith and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kankakee; she had also attended Zion Lutheran Church in Bonfield. She had served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School volunteer, and in many other roles. 

Sue is preceded in death by her husband, one son Eric Milton, and brother Michael Martin. 

Due to the pandemic, private visitation and services are being arranged for the family by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Homes, with a private funeral at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, officiated by the Rev. Karl Koeppen. A tribute can be paid by those who wish to attend the gravesite rites by meeting for a procession to Bloom’s Grove Cemetery. The procession will begin at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on East Merchant Street in Kankakee 11:15am on Wednesday, May 27. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School Scholarship Fund, or the Activity Fund at Bickford House of Bourbonnais. 

Since a traditional visitation could not be held, the family would love to hear your favorite memories of Sue. Please email the family your stories or memories at this shared email address:

To honor her memory, Sue would have loved for you to support a child in need, offer a stray cat your leftovers, or serve your next store-bought potluck dessert in a glass dish so no one will be the wiser.