Anthony Peter "Tony" Milini, age 76, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 in Country Lawn Nursing Center. He was born on February 23, 1934, in Canton, to the late John and Mildred (Dettore) Milini. Tony attended St. Anthony's Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps from 1952-1955. Tony worked at Norfolk & Western Railroad, the Canton Water Company and the Stark County Engineers Department. He retired from Republic Steel after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, American Legion Post #44, V.F.W., Polish American Club, Rolando's Italian Club, German American Club, Portage Lakes Eagles and helped start the Italian American Festival. Tony taught and played music at Gattuso's Music Center for many years. He had a popular polka band since he was 15 years old called the Tony Milini Orchestra. Tony played accordion and organ and also enjoyed singing. Tony's music was enjoyed for many years as far away as Pennsylvania and New York. He performed at many festivals, weddings, anniversaries and private events. He wrote many of his songs and has a popular CD entitled "It's About Time". Tony was part of one of the best polka bands around and his music will continue to live and influence the lives of those who loved and knew him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Jean Milini; brother, John "Junior" Milini; and great-granddaughter, Ronnie Milini. Tony is survived by his wife, Zelda Rose (Higgins) Milini, to whom he was married 58 wonderful years; seven children, Anthony "Tony" (Carolyn) Milini of Canton, Cathy Sue Milini of East Canton, Terry (Jeannie) Milini of Houston, TX, Janet (Arthur) DeVault of Canton, Leeann McLauglin of Canton, Dino Milini of Wooster Sub Acute Center and Anzel Milini of Canton; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Country Lawn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care of Navarre, Ohio for their compassionate care and skilled services they provided for Tony. The family also sends their thanks and appreciation to Mercy Hospice for their outstanding care and to Pastor Thomas Shank for the wonderful support he so graciously gave to the family during this difficult time. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1pm in the Reed Funeral Home NORTH CANTON Chapel (801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720) with Pastor Thomas Shank officiating. A committal service with military honors will follow in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6-9pm in Reed Funeral NORTH CANTON Chapel. Memorial donations may be made the Alzheimer's Association (P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011). "Even though Tony's body is no longer with us, we are very fortunate to enjoy the sound of Tony Milini's voice and music for years to come." Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed Online Guestbook at www.reedfuneralhome.com.