Richard (Dick) Milledge(1932 - 2014)

Richard (Dick) Milledge passed away on Jan. 21 at the age of 81 at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City due to complications from triple bypass surgery. Dick was the son of Claire Patrick Milledge and Anna Paulina Habets. He was born in 1932 in Helena, Mont. where he graduated high school and attended Carroll College. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War and served from 1953-1955 and was honorably discharged as a SGT. 1ST Class. He lived many of his years in Bozeman, where he graduated from MSU and went on to be a professor of mechanical and agricultural engineering which he enjoyed teaching for nearly 40 years. He took great pride and joy in teaching students both young and old. He always loved to fix things and many asked his assistance on a variety of projects. Dick was always willing to lend a helping hand. The bigger the challenge the more interested he became. He was a visionary and his wheels were always turning. He never took a break in the summer in between school terms as he was always working whether it be building a tri-plex, welding, or thinning/logging timber.

No one could tell a story more animated than Dick, as he was well known for his expressive eyebrows. He believed in giving people sincere compliments and making them laugh and smile. He was a successful hunter and enjoyed being in the outdoors. In his youth he could wow the crowds with his ability to ice skate. He loved riding motorcycles. Dick played the piano and enjoyed dancing even in recent months.

Dick was married to Mary Lou (Tillo) Fulton and had three children: Kenneth (Jeanne) Milledge, Katherine (Kevin) Collins, and Curtis (Stacy Carter) Milledge. He married Dorothy (Martz) in 1994 and was stepfather to her five children: Don (Sharon) Martz, Troy (Barbie) Martz, Carey Martz, Jamie Carey, and father to their children: Paul Carey and Barbara (Steve) Beatty. Dick was Papa to her grandchildren: Melinda (Wes) Maerz, Shaun Martz, Madison Hoscheid, Beau, Dylan and Jordan Martz, Andrew, Kaitlin, Tim, Sarah, Alex Carey, and Kody Beatty and her great grandchildren: Hunter and Cora Maerz and Cope Palmer, as well as his daughter Katherine and Kevin's children: Bryan, Brandon, Christian, and Arynn Collins, and his son Kenneth's and Jeanne's child, Chris Milledge (Katherine) and his great-grandchildren, Oliver and Simon Milledge.

Dick was an avid believer that laughter is the best medicine and was quoted as much in an uplifting article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in 2010. He was instrumental in helping others to build foundations in which they could grow and succeed. He was known by his students to be tough but fair. Dick was known to say, "To be average is the worst of the best and the best of the worst." He always wanted everyone to be more than average.

He is survived by his three children and his step children and his many grandchildren. He will be missed by many but kept alive through memories.

Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers he would have liked for everyone to smile and hug someone they love in his memory.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2014