Gary Fred Milligan, 80 |
May 23, 1935 -- Sept. 9, 2015
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, the Lord called home his servant Gary Fred Milligan. Gary was surrounded by a great number of his family including his wife Jeanine, his children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his cousin Lynn Kiser at Froedert Hospital when he passed on. Gary was born May 23, 1935, to Lyle Fred and Hilda Mae (Barrows) Milligan in Kenosha. He attended Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha. He married Jeanine Wickstrom on Sept. 10, 1955, at St. Mary’s Church in Kenosha. The family moved to West Bend in 1969. Gary worked at American Motors as a foreman and setup man. He also was a plant superintendent at Eaton, Yale & Towne in Gladstone, Michigan. Additionally, he worked at Evinrude in Milwaukee as a foreman. He also worked at Seamans as a plant superintendent in Milwaukee. He and Jeanine then purchased their own business in 1994, Gundrilling of Wisconsin Inc. in West Bend. He operated it for 16 years until he retired in 2010.
Gary is survived by his wife, Jeanine; his four children, Kevin Milligan, Wendy (Robert) Leon, Brian (Connie) Milligan and Mary (David) Ellis; and 15 grandchildren and their spouses, Marie Jaycox, Jason (Bethany) Milligan, Steven Abel, Erin (Eric) Kuechler, David (Melanie) Abel, Amanda Massingale, Kristina Milligan, Mitchell (Kristi) Milligan, Timothy Milligan, Ian Massingale, Sara (fiancÚ Cody) Milligan, John Milligan, Rachel Milligan, Nathaniel Massingale and Daniel Massingale. Gary is further survived by 13 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Greg (Sandy) Milligan, Scott (Deloris) Milligan and Rory (Jennifer) Milligan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Hilda; Jeanine’s parents, Andrew and Lorraine; and two infant brothers.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to the Rev. Jeffery Haines, rector and pastor of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, and dear friend of the family for praying with them in Gary’s final moments. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the kind and compassionate staff of the Froedtert Surgical ICU department for their extraordinary care of Gary this past week, as well as the West Bend Police Department and West Bend Fire and Rescue.
A visitation will be held at Phillip Funeral Home (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI) on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer vigil to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Parish (1025 S. Seventh Ave, West Bend) on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. Continued visitation will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Parish on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 10- 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at