Milton Henry Tieken — known by many as “Rusty” — passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 95 on Jan. 4, 2019. He was born in the Stieren Community north of Gonzales on Oct. 14, 1923. Having lost his father at such a young age, he spent a lot of time with his grandmother, Clara Henke Tieken, at their store on N. St. Joseph Street, which is where the EMS is presently located.
Rusty was most proud of his honorable service to his country during World War II when he fought In Europe as a military policeman and gunner. When he returned home, he worked with his uncle, Henry Tieken, who taught him the skills of carpentry. Constructing cabinets was his area of expertise. He always said his happiest days were going to work each day. In later years he enjoyed driving up and down the residential streets of Gonzales pointing out the homes that they had built.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Clara Tieken; brother, Marvin D. Tieken; sisters, Edna Tieken Neuman and husband Alton, and Ruby Tieken Brown and husband Clyde; nephews, Marvin D. Tieken, Jr., David W. Neuman, and Mickey Brown.
He is survived by his nieces, Suezan Tieken Pearson, Clara June Tieken Lindsay, and Sharon Neuman Zillmann and husband, Lee; great-nephew, Jonathan Brown; great-nieces, Jessica Pearson Hernandez and husband Jose, children, Justin and Jazmine, and Shannon Lindsay Mendoza, husband John, and their children; numerous other great-nieces, cousins, friends, and the caring family at The Heights of Gonzales.
Special thanks go to Dr. Terry Eska for his many years of loving care even before our uncle went into The Heights of Gonzales as well as the staff at The Heights of Gonzales who were like family to him. He never would have lived his 95 years without all of these caregivers.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Gonzales Memorial Cemetery Pavilion with interment to follow, with the Rev. Lee Zillmann officiating. Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.