Franklin L. (Frank) Milliman, age 58, of Burr Oak, passed away, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, with his family at his side, after an extended illness.
Frank was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Three Rivers, a son to David L. and Rosella (Veon) Milliman.
Frank had lived all of his life in the Colon and Burr Oak area, graduating from Colon High School with the Class of 197l.
On June 2, 1973, he married Julie Kay Velie in LaGrange, Ind. She preceded him in death in June of 1985. Later, on May 7, 1988 he married Karin Chaney in Sturgis, at the Church of the Nazarene.
Frank had owned and operated The Quarter Panel auto parts store, T & F Performance both in Sturgis, the Napa Store in Bronson, and Frank & Barry’s Engine Rebuilding in Bronson. He was employed at Rehau Plastics in Sturgis for 25 years, and most recently employed at Parker Hannifan, as a precision machinist in Kalamazoo.
He enjoyed Martin l3l, Mottville, Avilla and Galesburg speedways. He enjoyed working jig saw puzzles, buying and selling antiques and car parts, collected old comic books and old records. He always thought he was the champion chess player of the family, and loved his popcorn.
He is survived by his wife Karin Milliman of Burr Oak; four children, Heather (Bill) Taylor of Bronson, Tyler Milliman of Colon, Amanda (David) Frazier of Colon, and Nic Milliman and Abby of Colon; five grandchildren; mother Rosie Milliman of Burr Oak; four sisters, Teresa A. (Milliman) Gest of Burr Oak, Ireena (Scott) Kesslar of Howe, Ind., Lana (Milliman) Parrish of Burr Oak, and Barbara (Dennis) Slaby of Rives Junction, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Frank L. Milliman will be Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Cremation will follow, with private burial of ashes at a later date in South Colon Cemetery. If desired the family suggest memorials be made to the family.