Sidney Arthur Milligan, 71 of Algona and formerly of Baxter, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 from complications of Agent Orange. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Bethany United Church of Christ, in Baxter, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the Bethany Cemetery in Baxter. Sidney requested that your favorite sports team colors be worn in his memory at his funeral.
Sidney was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on November 15, 1946 to Arthur "Ike" and Klara (Kienle) Milligan. As a young child Sidney suffered a hand injury and had to go the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. While there he developed a lifelong love for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Sidney graduated from Baxter High School in 1965. Following high school, he attended Ellsworth Community College and graduated in 1967 with an Associates Degree in Petroleum Marketing. On June 1st, 1967, Sidney and his brother Loren "Pat" Milligan bought their parent's business in Baxter and formed Milligan Bros Oil & Propane Company. He married Diane Cross and shortly thereafter was drafted by the Army. He served honorably during the Vietnam War in Chieu Lieu, Vietnam. After returning, Matt and Annie were born. During this time, he continued to run the company with Pat. In 1978 Pat and Sid started Milligan Brother's Transportation Company. In 1997, Sidney moved to Algona due to work. There he met Brenda Danielsen and the couple later married in 2009. In 2004, Pat and Sidney sold their business to Solar Transport in Des Moines where Sid worked for Kyle Kruse for 3 years before retiring. In retirement Sidney and Brenda loved to travel and enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Arizona. Sidney was very active in the Baxter Community and involved in many organizations over the years. He was a member of the Bethany United Church of Christ, Baxter American Legion Post #493, VFW, and the I Club. He served on the Baxter School Board, past chairman of the Iowa Motor Association, and Iowa LP Gas Association. Sidney loved spending time with his family, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, searching for antiques, and socializing with friends.
Those left to cherish Sidney's loving memory are his wife Brenda Milligan of Algona, IA; children Matt (Minniette) Milligan of Baxter, IA, Andrea (Troy Botts) Milligan of Boston, MA, Emily (Nick) Meister of Iowa City, IA, and Lindsey Danielsen of Council Bluffs, IA; grandchildren Jackson and Adaline Botts, and Julian and Lucian Meister; siblings Loren "Pat" (Karmen) Milligan, Barbara Carroll, and Terry Otto; nieces and nephews Brian, Brad, Renee, Kimberley and Kelly; as well and Judd and Jolie; and many close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Diane Cross, and brother-in-law Ron Carroll.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Milligan Scholarship Fund.
Fredregill Funeral & Cremation Care has been entrusted with the care of Sidney and his family.
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I enjoyed the time I worked for Milligan Brothers in Dubuque, IA. Sid was a one of a kind boss and always had a smile on his face. My prayers to the family.
From one Army Veteran to another I salute you Sid:
"March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory We’re the Army and proud of our name We’re the Army and proudly proclaim : First to fight for the right, and to build the Nation’s might ,and The Army Goes Rolling Along"
I enjoyed working with Sid when he was on the Iowa Propane Gas Association Board of Directors. Sending hugs and prayers at this difficult time.
Brenda and Family. So sorry we are unable to make it back for the funeral. We are thinking of everyone and sending prayers for your comfort. We always enjoyed all of our times being with him especially the Iowa Hawkeye tailgating. Dick and Bev Postels
Brenda and family:
Sally and I were so sorry to hear that Sid passed away. He has fought a lot of health problems for many years. Always enjoyed talking to him at family gatherings at Don and Judy's. He was a good friend. He is now in a better place. Our sympathy goes to all of you.
Sally and Darrell Ludwig
To Matt and Minniette- Our sympathy to you from the Doctors and Staff- Newton Animal Clinic
Brenda & family, I remember your husband, dad, father & grandfather as a real special guy. My remembrance is through his affiliation with the “I” Club and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes! He was the ultimate fan. Remember many meetings and events together along with Davy Hamilton of Grinnell. Good times were always had by all. So sorry to see him pass away, but he is at peace now and with the Lord, still cheering the Hawks from above.
Our prayer and thoughts are with you all.
Tom Sepic, Grinnell & West Des Moines
Brenda, Lindsey, Emily, & Sid's family, I was so saddened to hear of Sid's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort knowing that Sid is in the Lord's loving care. I will always have fond memories of the visits we had at Sister Sarah's, and remember his great laugh. What a special person. With Sympathy, Renee and Jim Muller
Bob & Pat Roberts Laurel, Iowa. Sid and I were great competitors in our high school years. I from SEMCO and Sid at Baxter. We were both big Hawkeye fans and seen each other at various bowl games. I considered Sid a good friend and a great guy. So sorry to here about his passing. May he rest in peace.
Our prayers and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Sid Milligan.
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