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Old 09-17-2009, 05:39 AM
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Donald Jay "D.J." Milton, Jr., 30, Wheeling, WV

MILTON, Donald Jay, Jr. "D.J." 30, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

He was born April 7, 1979 in Wheeling, to Donald Jay Milton Sr. and Pamela Sue Bandi Milton of Wheeling. D.J. graduated from St. Michael's grade school, and was a graduate of Wheeling Park High School in 1997. He attended West Liberty State College prior to entering the United States Marine Corps in 2000. He completed his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and his Marine Combat training at Camp Geiger in North Carolina. From there he completed Field Artillery Fire Controlman School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After graduation he was assigned to an MOS of 0844. His next assignment was with the 5th Battalion 10th Regiment 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. D.J. served six months in Djibouti Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned the following awards Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Rifle Qualification Expert, Pistol Qualification Badge. D.J. was a bar tender at the Tiki Bar & Grill, Wheeling; and he was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling. D.J. was a warm loving person to all he met always flashing a huge smile. He enjoyed the company of his family, both immediate and extended. He idolized his younger brothers, and shared his love of sports with then. His first job as a teenager was working at Oglebay Park, and the winning personality he developed then, continued to shine through his adult years. His interest included all outdoor recreation especially fishing, and socializing with his many friends. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

D.J. was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Dr. Robert Bandi; and his paternal grandfather, Donald James Milton. In addition to his parents, D.J, is survived by his loving brothers, Robert Samuel Milton and Patrick O'Neil Milton both of Wheeling; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Morgan Bandi, paternal grandmother, Bertha Downing Milton; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2009 and Thursday, 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, l232 National Road, Wheeling with the Reverends Rev. Dr. Roger L. Smith and the Rev. Robert P. Johnson officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship Program, 1232 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, National Road at Bethany Pike, Wheeling. Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral. com.
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