Milton Firestone

Milton Firestone, of Okemos, died October 1, 2010. Mr. Firestone served with distinction as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General for more than 32 years. As a division head, he oversaw many areas including Social Services, Health, Military Affairs, and Municipal Affairs and Finance. During his career, he appeared in 50 cases before the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals. He taught municipal finance law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and previously was Assistant City Attorney for Livonia, Michigan.

Although he struggled with multiple sclerosis from age 60, he never let it define him.  Each time his MS added a new complication, he rose to overcome it.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1927, the son of Edna (Strom) and Joseph Firestone. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University. He was a board member of the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and chairperson of its government relations group.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Renée Levy Firestone; son, Joseph (Liliana Ciccodicola) Firestone; daughter, Karen (Chuck) Rossen; and three granddaughters, Leah, Eliza, and Cici. He also leaves his friend and brother, Harold (Gloria) Firestone, along with loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence, and his sister, Edith Snider.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2010, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, with Rabbi Amy Bigman officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Mike McNulty
April 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Dear Mrs. Firestone,

Just heard of the passing of Mr. Firestone and I want to tell you how sorry I am. He was a wonderful man who I have very fond memories of trying to sell him dictation equipment. He was always polite and kind and taught me a lot.

I hope you and your kids are well. I think of you often with wonderful memories.


Mike McNulty

Nancy Johnson jeglum, lathrop, ryan,
August 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful boss to me at the Attorney General’s Office for many years. I’ll never forget that between my sleepiness one day, his monotone voice and the sun streaming warmly through the huge windows, I fell asleep while taking dictation from Mr. Firestone — almost my most embarrassing moment. He laughed it off. He was a good man.

Bette C Levine
August 4, 2020 at 4:34 pm

My name is Bette Claire Levine and as a child in 1944-45 my family invited Jewish soldiers stationed at Ft. Poll to Sunday dinner and for the holidays. One Rosh Hashannah we had two fellows over. One I cannot remember but the other was so nice to my brother and me – his name was Milton Firestone. Surely fate has brought us together after all these years.

Would you let me know?


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