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Michael Millstead

Michael Millstead, age 58 of Laguna Woods, Calif., died Thursday, December 16, 2010, at Laguna Hills.

Michael Hayden Millstead was born July 20, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Ralph and Mary (Fitzwater) Millstead. Michael spent most of his life in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was once employed in the insurance business working with his father, R.G. "Doc" Millstead.

Three years ago, Michael spent several months in Philip to spend more time and to assist his father. His father, Doc, had moved to Philip after the death of his wife and Michael's mother, Mary. Michael loved Philip and especially enjoyed the friendliness of the townspeople toward him. Upon Doc's death, Michael moved back to California where he has since resided.

Michael is survived by two children, Jeremy DiGioia, who is serving our country in Germany, and a daughter, Sarah, who lives in Chandler, Ariz.

Michael also is survived by four grandsons, Dominic and Aiden DiGioia and Kyler and Sawyer Millstead. He is also survived by his sister, Marsha Millstead Willis; his brother-in-law, David Willis; a nephew, Sam Willis; and a niece, Katie Willis, all residing in California. Also surviving him are his cousins, Linda and Merle Stilwell of Kadoka.

As all the Millsteads considered Philip their hometown, whether living there or not, Michael will be buried near his parents at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Graveside services will be held 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com