Bill Joe Milner

December 13, 1932 ~ May 9, 2018 (age 85)

Bill Milner, 85, passed away at Union Hospital on May 9, 2018.  He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on December 13, 1932 to Harry Milner and Lydia Garrigus Milner.  Bill’s greatest love, other than his wife of 65 years and his family,  was farming  his land with his family.  Bill had many careers in his 85 years, including working at Valentine’s Meat Packing Company, being an electrician, and owning and operating Milner’s Construction. 

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Harkness Milner, on March 8, 1952, celebrating 65 years together.  Surviving are their 4 children, William “Bill” (Rosie) Milner, Vicki (Dale) Burkitt, Robert “Bob” (Patty) Milner, of Terre Haute, and Jane Fallon of Kokomo, Indiana.  Bill is survived by his sisters, Anna Fagg of Brazil,  Virginia Beck, Kathryn King of Terre Haute,  Carolyn (Don) Lanning of Hilton Head, SC,  sisters-in law, Roberta Markle of Mansfield, OH,  Phyllis Milner of Rockville, IN and brother-in-law, Roger Leiser of Decatur, IL.  He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Carrie (Greg) Chiado, William (Lisa) Milner, Jarrod Milner, Stacey (Shad) Vanatti, Robert Milner,  Becky Milner, Amanda Fallon, Christopher Fallon,  9 great-grandchildren, Kayla Burkitt, Eli Burkitt, Jillian Chiado, Cole Chiado, Brayden Milner, Cassidy Milner, Olivia Milner, Parker Milner, Jordan Milner, and several nieces and nephews.  Bill was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his parents, in-laws, Dr. Robert and Dr. Clela Harkness,  son-in-law, Keith Fallon, brothers, Walter Milner, and Jim Milner, sisters, Doris Moy and Cora Barnhart, sister-in-law, Ann Leiser, brothers-in-law, Jim Beck,  Don Fagg, Tom King, Paul Markle, niece, Ginny King Shema, and nephew, Rob Leiser. 

Bill was a 1950 graduate of Glenn High School.  Bill never knew a stranger and was a friend to everyone he met.  Anyone that knew Bill, knew he would do anything for them. His many stories about his escapades and pranks as he was growing up will be missed by his family.  His many reminiscences about his experiences in his lifetime are memories we will cherish.  We will certainly miss hearing him say to us, “You are not listening to me,” his very effective way of telling us that we were not doing something the way he thought it should be done.  

Honoring Bill’s wishes, he will be cremated, there will be no services.  Family and friends are welcome to gather for a celebration of Bill’s life on,  Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 2pm-4pm at the home he shared with his wife and children for 65 years.

Care and arrangements have been entrusted to Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana.  Online condolences may be made at www.greinerfuneralhome.com.

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