Billy J. Milner

1929-2015

milner bill for everythingBilly J Milner, 85, passed away January 15, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born August 10, 1929 in Woodward, OK, to Richard Milner and Orilla Shirkey (Milner).

Bill was a very humorous, ornery, and caring man that loved life. He always touched everyone’s hearts that he came in contact with and would do just about anything for anyone. He enjoyed tinkering with electronics and was the general all around handyman. His kids would say, “If Bill can’t fix it, then it cannot be fixed.”

Bill joined the armed forces in March of 1952 and was honorably discharged from the Army in March of 1954. He graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1957 and OSU-OKC in 1967. He retired as a biotechnical engineer from VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK in 1984.

Bill was a member of Teacup Chains Square Dance club in Edmond, OK and Territorial Squares in Guthrie, OK. He loved to square dance and all of the friends that he made while square dancing. Before Bill got ill, he would go square dancing several times a week and even if he wasn’t feeling well he would go to support the group.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeff Milner, four brothers, and a sister.

He is survived by his wife Jolene Milner of Edmond, OK, sister Nell Pope of San Antonio, TX, son Charlie (Janet) Milner of Edmond, OK, daughter Linda (Chris) Wilson of Boerne, TX, step-children Ronda (Craig) States of Shawnee, OK, Robert (Lisa) Tucker of Edmond, OK, Regina Hobbs of Edmond, OK, and Robyn (Max) Rinehart of Newcastle, OK, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Service will be held at 2:00 p.m on Tuesday,  January 20th, 2015 at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Interment will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery.

Comments

  1. I always enjoyed Uncle Bill’s sense of humor and we really appreciated his stopover on his road trip to see us in Milwaukee. We home God will help Jolene and the family deal with the grief of Uncle Bill’s loss.

  2. Uncle Billy Joe I will miss you. Your teasing, your stories, your laughter and smile. Rest in peace. Love you always.

  3. I enjoyed spending time with Uncle Bill. He had a smile for everyone and had everybody returning the smile. Micky(my son) at the time was 21 coming back from Dallas broke down in Edmond. I called Uncle Bill, he went to the hotel picked up Micky gave him a drink and dinner. This made a bad situation not so bad for my son and bridged the gap until I got there to pick him up. This was my Uncle Bill. I’ll miss you and God Bless.

  4. My husband, Eldon, and I both worked at the VA Hospital. Eldon was in Engineering and knew Bill quite well. If I remember right, he used to have a unique handlebar moustache. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. We moved to Georgetown, TX and Eldon died 7 yrs ago. Eldon was the Maintenance Scheduler at the VA. I, too, remember Bill’s great sense of humor.

  5. I always enjoyed visiting with Bill when we got together for Izy’s birthday’s and other events. I know Bill and Ninny through my daughter Jessica. She married into this wonderful family and Bill has always made her and all of us feel so very welcome. You will be truly missed.

  6. I am saddened to say that we (my brother, Doug, and sister, Jan) just recently learned about Uncle Bill’s death from our Aunt Nelle Pope. We feel terrible that we didn’t know about it until now. As the oldest sibling, I remember him the best, since I spend many summers at my grandmother’s house in Edmond when Bill was delivering mail. Every day I would sit on the porch swing, waiting for Uncle Bill to come by with his wonderful smile, to deliver the mail and make me laugh over something he did or said. It was the highlight of my day. It’s probably been 20 years or more since I saw him, but I remember him so well. We exchanged Christmas cards every year, so I knew he was still around. My brother and sister and I are so saddened by his loss, and by the fact that it had been so long since we had been to Oklahoma to see anyone. If we had, he would definitely have been at the top of our list. He was a great guy, and reminded us so much of our own dad, his brother Sid, that we lost almost 12 years ago. We’re hoping to make a trip to Edmond in the next few months, and will definitely pay our respects and share memories.

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