Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, many family, friends, and neighbors lost one of the dearest person’s in our lives, Mr. Richard (Dick) Milligan of Albany, Ore., to a vehicle accident.
Mr. Milligan was born at home during a snow storm Feb. 21, 1920, a half mile from the town of Anselmo. In his words, “A new generation began with me, being the oldest of five children. Our parents were Mr. George F. Milligan and his wife, Grace June (Cleveland) Milligan.”
Mr. Milligan, along with friend John Miles, spent many years working on and publishing records of pioneering families in Linn County. He helped hundreds of families researching family records. Mr. Milligan was honored in Boston, Mass., a few years ago by DAR at a home that was built by his grandfather and reclaimed for history by DAR.
Dick was a WWII Navy veteran and worked in real-estate, farming, building, selling and was the curator for the Linn County Museum in Brownsville for many years. Dick loved to share stories about when he was little, taking off with his dog on his “kiddie” car or tri-cycle which caused numerous times of frustration for his family.
Surviving are special friends Sonja Knofler, Dick and Mary Grace, Bill and Lou Gsell and Glen Palin; one sister, Elaine Pritchard of Nebraska; one brother, Bill Milligan of Montana. Dick and his first wife, Mildred M. (Dickinson) Milligan, had three children; Dillard Dee Milligan, Dona Lee Braman and Doras (Penny) Ann Lewis, all who live in Nebraska. There are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in several states. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Robert; and his second wife of 55 years, Dorothy Milligan.
At Mr. Milligan’s request there will be no services; he will be interned at Willamette National Cemetery alongside of his wife Dorothy. Please make any donations in Mr. Milligan’s memory to Safe Haven or to Linn Country Genealogy Society.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 1, 2011