Helen Sue Millikin

August 1, 1946 - January 18, 2022

Helen Sue Millikin


Helen Sue Millikin, 75, passed away on January 18, 2022 at home in Rockford, IL after a brief bout with cancer. Helen was born on August 1, 1946, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of Edwin H. Hoffhaus and Lucille F. Kerr Hoffhaus. She graduated from Hillsboro (IN) High School in 1964 and was a graduate of Indiana University with a major in Elementary Education. She received a Master’s of Science in Education from Indiana University in South Bend, IN. She briefly taught at the elementary level and later was the director of the preschool at First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.

Helen married James R. Millikin in Hillsboro, IN on August 11, 1968. The marriage was blessed with three daughters: Catherine Sue (Brendon) Ishikawa, Jennifer Ann (Eric) Osar and Caroline Elizabeth (Keith) Euker. She is survived by her husband; daughters; and grandchildren, Eli and Mira Ishikawa, Sadie and Bear Euker; and step-granddaughters, Arianna and Rebecca Osar.

Helen was a member of First Presbyterian Church and later Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford. While a member of the churches she served as a Deacon, played handbells, played the piano at early service and taught Sunday School as well as volunteering in several capacities. She was also a member of the Rockford Woman’s Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A memorial visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 14th, 2022, at Westminster Church, 2821 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Pastor Gretchen Hammeke is officiating. A lunch to follow. The inurnment will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Bridgeton IN, at Clear Run Cemetery. For those of you who would like to attend virtually, we will use this Zoom link: . If the link does not work, you may enter the Meeting ID ( 688 445 3586 ), with passcode ishikawa. 

Any gifts in memory of Helen may be made to a fund established in her honor at Westminster to support the handbell choir.

Service Schedule

Westminster Presbyterian Church

A memorial service is being planned for late May at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Any gifts in memory of Helen may made to a fund established in her honor at Westminster.

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Dear Jim and Family
We are sorry to learn of Helen’s passing and pray that God gives you strength and hope during this difficult time.
Ron and Dolly Gieseke

Ron Gieseke 2022-01-27T08:32:36

Carrie, I am so sorry to read about the loss of your mom. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

-Erik Novak

Erik Novak 2022-01-25T21:39:56

Jim Bob, so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was such a good friend and classmate at Hillsboro. Her kindness and compassion overflowed!! May God Bless you and your family during this most difficult time.

Linda Zeller 2022-01-24T12:01:52

Mrs. Millikin was the kindest and warmest human and I’ll always hold a place for her in my heart. I am lucky to have spent so much time with her during my childhood and adore the entire family. My heart goes out to you all. Sending love and peace.

Courtney Huddleston 2022-01-23T16:44:56

Dear Jim and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and praying for peace and strength🙏and thoughts of fond memories with Helen. Love, Arlen and Gaye Molln

Arlen and Gaye Molln 2022-01-23T08:59:28

Dear Carrie, as I read Helen’s obituary it reminds me what an amazing woman she was. Her intelligence, kindness and creativity were evident daily, and she will be missed by us all. As I watch you with Keith, Sadie and Bear, I see the same devotion she felt for your Father, you, Jenna, Kathy and her grandchildren. Her legacy continues. I love you.
Susan Euker

Susan euker 2022-01-22T10:02:59

Dear Carrie, reading Helen’s obituary reminds me of what an amazing woman your Mom was. Her intelligence, kindness and creativity were evident daily, and will be missed by us all. As I watch you with Keith , Sadie and Bear, I see that same love and devotion she shared with your dad, you and your sisters….a beautiful legacy. I love you.

Susan euker 2022-01-22T09:53:44

🕯 I am so deeply sorry for your loss. We all knew Helen and understand your sadness at this time. There is a parade of love following your family that I hope will provide some comfort. Her light remains with us. 🕯

Marjie Poffel 2022-01-22T06:37:34

I am so so so sorry and in shock. You have always been so great to my family. You have always meant lots to all of us. Please accept our sympathies from my entire family.

JULIE MEANS 2022-01-21T21:28:01

Our hearts go out to you all. Helen was a wonderful woman, and I always enjoyed seeing her at Carrie’s shows.

Joanne Curry 2022-01-21T17:56:26

My heartfelt condolences to the husband and daughters of this sweet lovely lady I feel blessed to have met. Gone too soon but I know I have a friend in heaven and until we meet again I will love on the Euker family for you Mrs. Millikin. Rest in peace.

Tina Colassard 2022-01-21T17:25:17

I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. I will always remember her as being so kind and such a great mom. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Groene) McEntee 2022-01-21T15:22:42

The loss of such a dear,dear friend and Heavens gain. May God be with each and everyone of Curt & Marsha

Curt & Marsha Smith 2022-01-21T11:04:35

My condolences and prayers for the Millikin family.

Barbara Williams 2022-01-21T10:19:24


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