Myron “Mike” Milder passed away peacefully on April 12 at age 88 at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. Services were held April 13 at Temple Israel.
He was predeceased by his son Myron Milder II and his brother Orvel Milder.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; his daughter, Emily Milder; granddaughter, Abbey Milder; and beloved nieces and nephews.
He was an Omaha native and former chief executive officer of Milder Oil Company. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Mr. Milder was active in local and national politics. He served as National Field Director for the Committee to Re-elect President Richard Nixon in 1972 and National Field Director of the Citizens for Gerald Ford Committee in 1976. Mr. Milder was an elected delegate to the 1968 Republican National Convention and attended every GOP national conventions from 1956 through 1972. He regularly attended state and county GOP conventions, served as Regional Chairman of the Henry Cabot Lodge for President Campaign and was a member of the Carl Curtis for Senate finance committee. Mr. Milder played a prominent role in national organizations, including the Young Republicans and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. In 1954, he chaired a 14-state Young Republicans Midwest Council Convention in Omaha. He held key leadership positions in the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, including President of the Nebraska Chapter and Vice President of International Affairs for the national Organization. Through his work with the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Milder developed a lifelong interest in youth welfare, which he demonstrated in his support for local organizations, including the YMCA, Mental Health Associates of Nebraska and the Meyer Therapy Center. Mr. Milder also traveled extensively. As a U.S. delegate to the Junior Chamber International, he attended World Meetings and Congresses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico and Scotland. During these trips and the many others he took with his wife Lois “Ducky” Milder, Mr. Milder developed close friendships with people around the world who became frequent guests in his Omaha home. Mr. Milder, the son of Hymie Milder and Ella Braunstein Milder, was born and raised in Omaha. He attended Central High School, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, George Washington University and the University of Omaha. While serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946, he also attended the University of Idaho. Mr. Milder was a member of the Omaha Planning Commission in 1955. He was named Omaha’s outstanding young man in 1959 and led the local Easter Seal drive in 1964. He served on the executive boards of the Meyer Therapy Center, Anti Defamation League and Northwest Omaha YMCA. Mr. Milder will be remembered as an avid fisherman, international traveler, loyal friend and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Memorials may be made to Project Harmony, Temple Israel Summer Camp Fund or CASA of Douglas County.