Everett Eugene Milligan, 92 years of age, went home to be with the Lord in the early hours of Monday, September 2, 2019 at Century Villa, Greentown, Indiana. He was born on October 10, 1926 in Kokomo, the son of Everett and Dorothy (Powell) Milligan. On August 22, 1948 he married the love of his life, Kathryn (Kitty) Zirkle who survives him, recently celebrating their 71st year anniversary.
He was a 1945 mid-term graduate of Kokomo High School. Ten days following graduation, he joined the US Army. He actively served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. For many years he was a member of Fairlawn UB Church/ Morning Star Church. He served in several positions while there as a member of the Board of Trustees, Head Usher, Sunday school teacher, youth sponsor, and choir member. In recent years he attended First Church of the Nazarene both in Kokomo and Florida.
After retirement they became Florida snowbirds for 34 years in Lady Lake, Florida. Upon his return from the US Army, he returned to a job at Haynes Stellite. He worked there for 40 years and retired June 29, 1984. He was a 35 year member of their Quarter Century Club. Gene was a ‘jack of all trades”, loved ice cream, M&M’s, popcorn, and watching IU basketball. He was the #1 Outstanding Fan at all activities possible of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Kitty); a brother, Ted Milligan; daughters, Cheryl (Duane) Keisling, Kokomo, IN, and Pamela (Al) Baumgart Chesterfield, MO; grandchildren, Monica (Tom) Everett, Matt (Kelly) Keisling, Greentown, IN, and Jonathan (Kristy) Baumgart, Wildwood, MO; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Megan Everett, Will, Reid and Kenzie Keisling, Kendall, and Rylan Baumgart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Milligan; an infant sister; granddaughters, Michelle (Keisling) Goodnight and Alyssa Baumgart.
The family would like to thank the staff of Century Villa for their compassionate care of our loved one, as well as, numerous support groups and persons who offered their nurturing services at any given moment of his care.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, August 6, 2019, at First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington Street, Kokomo, with Pastor Stan Zurcher officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11-1 pm at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s memory to First Church of the Nazarene. Stout & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.