Edward Joseph Milligan, Jr.
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LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at a 1:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church for Edward Joseph Milligan, Jr. 67, who died on Friday, October 26, 2012 at his residence in Lafayette surrounded by his family and friends.
Entombment will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Mausoleum in Scott.
Reverend Thomas Voorhies, Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church will be the Celebrant of the funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Eulogist will be Aubrey Milligan. Lectors will be Monica Dupuis and Frances Ann Sylvia. Giftbearers will be his grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Denise Dupuis Milligan; one daughter, Deneé Milligan Simon and her husband, Rusty of Scott; two sons, Edward Joseph Milligan III, and Brandon Case Milligan of Lafayette; four grandchildren, Austin Taylor Simon, Brookelyn Currie Simon, Ahna Rene Milligan and Evan James Milligan; two sisters, Stella Milligan Guidry and Pattie J. Milligan of Lafayette; one brother, Aubrey Joseph Milligan and his wife, Iris Milligan of Broussard; and one Godchild, Monica Dupuis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward J., Sr. and Ann Milligan; and his grandparents, Fabien and Adia Leger and Albert and Avida Milligan.
Edward Joseph Milligan, Jr. was born on September 23, 1945 in Bunkie, Louisiana. He graduated from Bunkie High School and went on to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), where he earned a degree in History/English in 1971. Mr. Milligan also graduated from Southern University School of Law in 1974. He worked as an attorney for over 37 years, owning and operating Edward J. Milligan, Jr. Ltd. During those years he worked as a Lafayette Parish Public Defender, and was legal counsel for Louisiana Entertainment Hall of Fame. Some of his honors include Lifetime Member of the National Directory of Who's Who in Executives & Professionals, Outstanding Young Men in America as well as being honored as an All-District Guard for Bunkie High School. Mr. Milligan was a member of the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He was involved in many organizations throughout the years including, Knights of Columbus Council 7568, American Legion Post 0069, Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, USL Quarterback Club, former member of the Lafayette Jaycees, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Krewe of Renaissance and served as Duke of Milan, Krewe of Bonaparte, and was a member of Theta XI.
Mr. Milligan coached and sponsored youth football, soccer, baseball and basketball for (SATS). He was a member of the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Community in Scott, he taught catechism at St. Edmond's and Sts. Peter and Paul, and served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Edmond's Catholic Church in Lafayette. Mr. Milligan was an avid fisherman, and loved being at his camp in Toledo Bend. He also enjoyed hunting and was a devoted fan of the "Ragin Cajuns." His favorite saying was "Just Another Day In Paradise".
The most important goal to him was to be a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, attorney and friend to all- what more could you ask for!
Pallbearers will be Edward J. Milligan III, Brandon Case Milligan, Rusty Simon, Austin Taylor Simon, Aubrey J. Milligan, Ricky Soileau and Edward Hawley. Honorary pallbearers will be Rufus Royer, Leon Thibodeaux, Charles Leger, Bill Burns, Pat Ready and Tom Dupler.
A Rosary will be recited on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location.
The family requests that visitation be observed on Monday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and will continue on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until time of services.
The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses and staff of Hospice Compassus, as well as Dr. Christopher Mallavarapu, Dr. Philip Perret, and the V.A. for their kindness and compassion provided to Mr. Milligan and his family during their time of need.
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Published in the The Advertiser from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2012