George Richard MillikenApril 30, 1929 ~ July 16, 2017 (age 88)
George Richard Milliken
4-30-29 to 7-16-17
Loving Father, Faithful Husband, Dedicated Servant, Forever Friend, Hero to many.
Words fail to express the incredible void created by the passing of one of the best men that ever walked this planet. Born in Silverton, Oregon to Frank Milliken and Luella Barnett Milliken; Grandson of Dr. William T and Emily Milliken (Co-founder and Dean of Western Theological Baptist Seminary in Portland, OR) and Loren and Bertha Barnett (Roth Grocery in Salem); he spoke fondly of his memories there as a young boy, as well as his deep love and respect for the rich heritage he called his family blessing.
His family moved to Gladstone, Oregon for a short time in his youth, then to West Linn to finish his growing up years on the site that is now where the West Linn Library stands. His father started Milliken and Servas, a heating oil distribtion company that expanded to include service station suppy and tire distribution.
After graduating from West Linn High School, he spent a year at Oregon State University, worked for a time for the Mill in Oregon City and the Forestry service, prior to entering the US Army, to serve during the Korean war. He quickly advanced to Sgt and till the end he spoke highly of his time in Germany and Switzerland with one of the greatest groups of men he could ever hope to serve with.
After his service, he worked with his family for a number of years, while raising his own. When the business sold he became a realtor, which he really enjoyed as he loved working with people. He also valued the flexibility it provided that enabled him to faithfully care for his wife of 48 years, who suffered from Huntingtons Disease, until she passed in 2006.
He performed his service to his country with pride and dedication; worked harder than anyone throughout his life; was devoted, dedicated, kind and full of love for his kids, grandkids, entire family, friends and church; Obtained his flying licence at 70, built a kit plane in his garage, loved fishing, biking, swimming, golf, projects, photography and working in his yard. But, his greatest passion was people, so instead of enjoying his hobbies at retirement and the passing of his wife, he instead spent a good decade or better working with New Life Church, Celebrate Recovery and Bridges to change to start and implement a transition housing and recovery program that became what he called "the most rewarding thing he's ever been involved in".
This independant, strong willed man never imposed his will on anyone and never knew an enemy. He truely was a hero to a great many who were blessed by his genuine heart, hard work, faithfulness, loving spirit and gentle care. He spent the last few years pointing the sky saying he was ready and excited to "go home" and "there better not be any tears at my furneral, because there's nothing sad about going to heaven". In keeping with his wishes, we are planning to celebrate his passing from this life into life everlasting on Friday evening, August 4th, @ 5pm, service to be followed by a potluck, at New Life Church in West Linn.
He is survived and dearly loved and honored by his sister Patricia Clark and Family, sister in law Naydeen Milliken and family, daughters Cinda Meyers, Kathy Milliken & Deborah Butrick, 5 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, as well as cousins, neices & nephews, in laws, dear friends, program and church families, who all look forward to the day when we can be together again.