Overland Park WWII vet, ill wife face eviction

By Finn Bullers
Freelance Reporter/Editor

A U.S. Army veteran and his wife, who has dementia, face eviction from their home “within weeks”  — without a backup plan upon which to rely, the man said this week.

Robert “Bob” Millard, 88, a stateside medical technician during World War II, said he and his wife Dolores have fallen behind in their house payments and face eviction by the first two weeks of May. The last payment made on the couple’s home was in October 2010, the man said.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for South & Associates, a Midwestern debt-collection firm based in Overland Park, confirmed that the couple faced eviction “within weeks,” but said he could not provide an exact eviction date.

District Court records in Johnson County show that Flagstar Bank FSB first filed a foreclosure case against the couple on Feb. 22, 2011. Since then, the file is replete with courts actions and notices of legal action against the couple.

Records show that the home is valued at $119,000 and was certified for sale on Feb. 15.

“I have tried. I’ve really tried to find help,” said Robert Millard, a retired auto parts salesman who closed his last family-run store in 1997.  “We have a few places in mind, but no definite place to go.”

Married for 62 years, the couple has no family members in the immediate Kansas City area who are willing to help, Robert Millard said.

“I know I’ve had my faults. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. But I’m already to a point on the path to depression,” he said in a telephone interview.

Dolores Millard receives nursing care in her home at 8518 W. 109th Terr., but it is Robert who still cares for her personal needs, while aides help pack up a lifetime of belongings.

Most days, his wife recognizes him, Robert Millard said. The better part of her days are spent on the couch, oblivious to her surroundings. Her nurse has been scrambling to find help for the couple so they can age in place — in their own home.

And new efforts are being made to enroll Dolores Millard with Hospice palliative care, which will give the couple better access to “fight-back” resources. But so far, the nurse said she has had little luck — and said the couple is running out of time and options.

A Veterans’ Administration official told his wife’s nurse there was no help the VA could provide the Millards or any resources she could recommend the couple pursue.

Tom Erickson, a spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies have served the Millards with legal notices alerting them to the pending eviction. And once a court orders the eviction, the sheriff’s department will set a date for the ouster, he said. That could happen anytime.

For the first three months of this year, county foreclosure rates have remained consistent over the same period for the last two years. The monthly average home foreclosure rate stands roughly at 250, county records show.

For now, Robert Millard fears that by mid-May the couple will be evicted with no place to go. It could be sooner.

“I have tried everything I can think of,” he said. “I don’t want to go down the tube with a bunch of debts,” he said. “And I love my wife — a beautiful, beautiful  woman.”

3 Responses

  1. The authorities throw him out and give the Tsarnaevs all sorts of welfare, we are one screwed up culture, kej

  2. […] Overland Park WWII vet, ill wife face eviction (viewfromthemidwest.com) […]

  3. I knew Delores forty years ago… fell in love with her!! So sad!

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