Kermit Maurice Milburn

July 17,1959-July 6, 2016milburn, kermit mem. folder and obit pic

Edmond, Oklahoma


Kermit was born in Shawnee, OK to Donna (Heusel) and Paul Milburn. After graduating from Shawnee High in 1977, he attended ORU and later OSU, completing a Finance Degree. He earned a Juris Doctorate from OU and practiced law in Oklahoma City and Shawnee for more than 30 years.

He achieved an Eagle Scout designation, attended Boys State, was a member of the OSU Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, was the founder of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties, served on the Shawnee City Commission, 2001-2002; was president of the Pottawatomie County Bar Association, 2001; served as board member for Faith 7 Activity Center Sheltered Workshop, and was Shawnee YMCA President and Board member, 1996-1999.

From a very young age Kermit walked with the Lord, providing comfort to those around him, which he continued to do for the rest of his life. He loved all of his family beyond words, cherished his church community group, was a history buff, and enjoyed being in the mountains and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Taprina, of 27 years; their son Brenner, daughter and son-in-law Aubrey and Donnie Ashburn, Edmond; mother Donna Antosh, Keller, TX; father and step-mother Paul and Ann Milburn, Shawnee; sister and brother-in-law Paula and Mark Miller, Keller, TX; father and mother-in-law Carlis and Clovis Cobb, Luther; and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, aunts, lifelong friends, as well as the Milburn Law and Woodlake Properties family.

A celebration of Kermit’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016, at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, 1200 E I-35 Frontage Road, Edmond. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Education Fund for the benefit of Brenner Milburn and Aubrey Ashburn, NBC Oklahoma-13401 N Pennsylvania Ave., OKC, OK 73120; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties or Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council.


  1. Kermit was a gentle man with great integrity. His generous, trusting and kind heart will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for all of those who loved Kermit.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,Sorry for your loss.

  3. Brenner and Family,

    My most heartfeldt sympathy goes out to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

    Mary Herndon
    Oklahoma State University Army ROTC

  4. Our sincerest and deepest sympathies are extended to the entire family in particular to Kermit’s wife, children, sister and mother. May our prayers cover you in comfort and peace. May the Lord carry you throughout this heavy load.

  5. My heart is broken for Taprina and the children. May the Lord give you an extra measure of His comfort and peace to help you through these next days, weeks, and years. Look unto Him for your strength. My sincerest and deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  6. Kermit was the kindest boss I ever had. He cared so much about helping others and will be greatly missed. I pray God comforts his family and friends. I am so thankful for the opportunity to know him.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . We can not fathom your loss. We pray for comfort and peace. Andy, has had many wonderful stories about Kermit growing up. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  8. There was a period of about two years when I saw Kermit almost every day. I didn’t keep up like I should have. I can remember some pretty interesting adventures we had, some good double dates, in a 38′ Ford I believe, and some fun times in the SHS library that should have gotten us in trouble for laughing so loudly.

    One day in particular, we flipped his sail boat and broke the mast completely off, then got in a little trouble for swimming back to shore. (Tecumseh Lake). While landing the broken boat, Kermit stepped on a broken bottle and cut his foot. Later that day, we accidentally caught his roof on fire with careless use of pop-bottle rockets. The thing is, Kermit laughed through all of it, and we laughed about it many years later.

    I consider Kermit one of the “good guys” that have blessed my path. I am saddened for his loss, and I will never forget him.

  9. Dear Donna, Tapi, Aubrey, Brenner and Paula:
    My deepest prayers and sympathy are with you all! Can’t stop thinking about you and this difficult trial, but your faith in God will get you through it. He lifts us up above everything if we give him a chance.


  10. Kermits mother is a dear friend of mine and I was lucky enough to meet Kermit. All of you are on my thoughts and prayers May God’s grace cover all of you

  11. Kermit, Paula, Donna and Paul were the first to greet our family to Shawnee in the summer of 1968. We moved into a home on East Independence Street and they lived one street north on Charles Drive. While our parents unpacked, they took my sisters and I to see a movie, The Parent Trap. I remember how they made us feel so welcomed to a new city. They also invited us to their church, St. Paul’s United Methodist, which we joined. Kermit was a life-long friend! He married a precious lady, Taprina! I love the Milburn family and I pray for God to comfort you with His love and grace.

  12. Taprina, you do not know me but I understand your loss. My son Duncan speaks very highly of Brenner. When Duncan lost his dad, Brenner would sit with him during lunch at EN and talk with him. If you ever would like to talk with me, I am available. God gives strength and comfort, but we still feel numb from the pain of losing our life partner. My email is
    Take care of yourself, one day at a time, we are all God’s children.

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