Pete Millich, Sr., 79, died Monday, June 9, in Ignacio. A rosary will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. The Mass will be Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m., also at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, and burial will follow at Rosa Cemetery in Arboles.
Pete was born June 6, 1935, in Ignacio, the son of Emil and Virginia Millich. He grew up in the Oxford/Ignacio area. Pete attended Ignacio schools, where he met the love of his life, Della Quintana. He attended Barber School in Pueblo and was a barber for 18 years. Pete and Della were married Jan. 9, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Durango.
Pete began working in construction and developed skills that allowed him to become an operator for La Plata Electric.
Pete loved all outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, riding horses and camping. He was a gifted craftsman in leatherwork and woodcarving and taught his offspring and grandchildren.
He is survived by his children: Ena Millich, of Ignacio; Raymond Millich, Sr., of Cortez; and Pete Millich, Jr., of Allison; grandchildren: Roger Millich, Michael Millich, Kara Beth Martinez, Cody Likes, and Jessie Likes; great-grandchildren: Ezekiel and Serenity; a brother, Lawrence Millich, of Durango; a sister, Theresa Martinez, of Blanco, N.M.; sister, Betty Millich, of Chicago, Ill.; and sister, Grace Sandoval, of Denver.
He was preceded in death by his spouse, Della Millich; his grandson, Raymond Millich, Jr.; and two great-grandchildren.