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“I worked with Milt at IHMVCU until 2011. I did not see the obituary until now. I enjoyed talking softball with him, he was so helpful when my...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Missy McChesney - Rock Island, IL

“Diane and I were deeply saddened to hear of Milt's passing. He was an honorable and gentle man; a truely remarkable person. Our profound condolences...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Diane and Dave Sonneville - IL

“Evie and Steve, I am so sorry to hear of Milt's passing. He was such a nice young man when I knew of him. Through Marilyn Cruz's long friendship...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Fabiane DeLaney - Columbia, MO

“I did the parks mainteance for TMI. Remember Mildt and the family when the children were very young, and they lived in house in park. Sorry for your...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Glen L Vincent - Geneseo, IL

“We are so sorry for your loss. Milt was one of the nicest gentlemen in our softball lives. He will never be forgotten and will continue to be in all...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Rich, Julie, Cass & Drew Witherell - IL

“I had the pleasure of knowing Milt while attending Hamilton High School together. Milt just had a way about him - so very nice! I'm so proud of his...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Susie Cameron McDaniel - Hamilton, IL

“My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I remember Milt from my days of playing ASA softball. He was such a nice guy and I'm sure...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Amanda (Robertson) Rodriguez

“Dear Sherre, Kelli, & Jeff, I am so very very sadden to learn of Mr. Hand's passing. I got to know Milt & your Dad during the preschool years at...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Sue Waldmann - Moline, IL

“It was my good fortune to serve as Moline's mayor for a while, and during that time I met some terrific people. Milt was one. I knew him as a...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Allen McCaulley - Moline, IL

“I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Milt. He and I and several other guys were close friends all thru high school and share a lot of good...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Helenthal - HAMILTON, IL., IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with Milt's family. I had the pleasure of being neighbors and schoolmates with Milt and Steve. They were great friends...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Ronnie Avise - Hamilton, IL

“Sheree - So very sorry to hear of Milt's passing. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Sandi ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Sandi (Brown) Schutt

“Milt GOD BLESS your family and friends. You always made the correct call. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Dan Kuberski - CO - Friend

“My family and I send our sympathy to the family of Milt. I got to know Milt when I was a member of the Bettendorf Park Board. Milt came on board our...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Herb Goettsch - Bettendorf, IA

“We are so sorry to hear about Milt. I met Milt because I worked for the Fire Department for 27 years and had many dealings with Milt and enjoyed...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Mike & Debbie Day - Moline, IL

“I had the privilege of having Milt as a high school student and remember thinking he was right up there among the best that America can produce. I am...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Howard Veatch - Tulsa, OK

“Milt's family is in my prayers and thoughts. I last got to visit with Milt at our class reunion last fall. It was so nice to see him once again..I...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Bob Balmer - Nauvoo, IL

“So sorry to hear of milt's passing. I worked with and for Milt at Stephens Park and Green Valley for many years. He was the best and taught me a lot...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Roger Demarest - Davenport, IA

“Sheree, Kelli & Jeff- I was so sad to hear the news of Milt's passing. I have many fond memories of Kelli & Jeff coming over to the flower shop to...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy (Mampre) Shepard - IA

“Milt was an ambassador for the game of softball and was truly respected by all. I will always remember the assistance Milt offered Normal whether it...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Cary Frey - Normal, IL

“Milt was a co-worker of mine at the I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union. I am sorry to hear of his passing. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Edwards

“I was surprised and saddened to read of Milt's passing. I worked with Milt while he was with the City of Moline's Park Department. I always found...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Rick Anderson - Holland, MI

“Milt will be missed The man with the most class in all of softball. I had the honor of working the four national tournaments with him and many state...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Gary Anderson - Rock Island, IL

“Terribly sorry for your loss. I hope you can find peace in the good memories you have of Milt. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: John Arbogast - BLOOMINGTON, IL

“So sorry to hear about Milt's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him in the softball arena and he helped run the 2010 14U State Tourney...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Jeff Collins - Normal, IL

“Milt will forever be missed. He was a very special man and friend to everyone. I will always remember the times our son and Milt umpired games...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Susanne Pasdach - Sherrard, IL


Robert "Milt" Milton Hand, age 58, of Rock Island, died Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation is 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial is at Moline Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, it was Milt's wishes that memorials may be made to the Milt Hand Benefit Fund thru I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union.

Milt was born October 7, 1953 in Keokuk, IA, the son of Kenneth and Evelyn Foster Hand. He married Sheree A. DePooter on May 23, 1981 in Bettendorf.

Milt was employed by the City of Moline for 30 years, the last 15 years as the Director of Parks and Recreation. During his tenure, he was instrumental in bringing ASA National Championship tournaments to Moline and was the Tournament Director in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. He also served on the boards for the Quad Cities Sports Commission and the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Milt retired in October 2008 and then worked as a courier for the IHMV Credit Union for the past three years. Milt was an ASA umpire for 35 years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame. Then, in 2010, he received the distinction of ASA Elite Umpire. Milt served on the Illinois ASA Executive Board for 31 years. In recent years, he was the J.O. UIC for the state of Illinois. In addition to ASA, Milt was an NCAA women's softball umpire for 18 years. His proudest moment was umpiring the 2010 NCAA Super Regional at UCLA. Other accomplishments in softball include umpiring home plate for 2 Olympic exhibition games, as well as the ISC Men's World II championship game. He also umpired in 14 ASA National Championship tournaments. When he had time, Milt enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling.

SURVIVORS
Wife Sheree Hand
Children Kelli (Seth) Ellis Chicago
Jeff Hand Altoona, IA
Brother Steve (Nancy) Hand Bloomington, IL
Mother Evelyn Hand Hamilton, IL
Many other family members and wonderful friends

He was preceded in death by his father.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.