Rudolph Lucian ‘Rudy’ Milutin III, 58

Rudolph Lucian “Rudy” Milutin III passed away on Nov. 5, 2018. He was born Dec. 5, 1959, in Lewes, Del., to Olive Ann Dukes Milutin and the late Rudolph Lucian Milutin Jr.

Milutin grew up in Frankford, Del., and worked at the family toy store, where people might get a glimpse of him playing Santa. He worked at Trimper’s Rides at the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., from a young age and was a graduate of Indian River High School, in the Class of 1978. He spent the majority of his commercial construction career in Charlotte, N.C. He had an amazing work ethic and took pride in helping to build Ballantyne and many other buildings in the area.

Milutin still has many dear friends and memories in North Carolina. After fulfilling a lifelong dream to retire early, he and his beloved wife, Kate, settled in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2016. Milutin fought a valiant fight against cancer, beating it for a time in 2014. He was strong, steadfast and positive until the end. No one fought harder than him because he loved his life.

Along with his wife, Katherine “Kate” Carriere Milutin, he is survived by his mother, Olive Milutin; a brother, Kenneth Milutin and his wife, Sheri; sisters, Debbie Milutin and Diane Carey and her husband, Rick; a brother-in-law, John Carriere; his nieces and nephews, Amber, Amy, Andy, Alex, Sarah, Katie, Shawn and Melanie; many cousins and extended family members; and his loyal four-legged companion, Cash.

Milutin was a tree-hugger in disguise and greatly wanted to help preserve the beauty this world has to offer. Also, he would not wish cancer on his greatest enemy, though none can be found. He especially hated the idea of what it did to children and their families. Milutin also never met a dog he didn’t like (except a random Weimaraner that once growled at his puppy). He was the guy who would go to your house and lay on the floor to kiss your dog.

Memorial donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital at; to The Nature Conservancy at; or to a local animal shelter.

Arrangements were by Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del. Services will be Dec. 1, 2018, with family visitation at 2 p.m. and memorial service at 3 p.m.