SIDNEY - Patrick H. Milligan, 84, of Sidney, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 10:37 a.m. at his home.
He was born June 9, 1928, in Bellefontaine, the son of the late William and Margaret (West) Milligan. On Dec. 22, 1951, he married Carol (Benson) Milligan who survives him.
Also surviving are two children and their spouses Thomas and Martha Milligan of Sidney and Sarah and Jeff Milligan-Toffler of Minneapolis, Minn. He is also survived by five beloved grandchildren, Caitlin Sheaffer, Hannah Sheaffer and Jacob Toffler of Minneapolis and Amanda Milligan and Calvin Milligan of Sidney. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth; an infant son Mark; and brothers William and Samuel Milligan.
Patrick graduated from Sidney High School in 1946 and received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the College of Wooster in 1950 on whose board he would later serve as a trustee. At Wooster he was a key player on the basketball team, which won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship in 1948. He was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982. After graduation from Wooster, he attended Case Western Reserve University Law School for one year and then served in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
After his military service, he returned to Sidney to work alongside his father and brother in the family business, the Sidney Sand and Gravel Company. In 1962 Sidney Sand and Gravel bought the WB Jarrett Company which was renamed Milligan Construction Inc. Patrick was active as its president until 1992.
Patrick's love of people and community touched many lives. He served as chairman of the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Board of Trustees. He also served as president of the Ohio Aggregates Association, Shelby County Board of Health, the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation of Shelby County. He served as a trustee of Wilson Memorial Hospital and the West Ohio Development Council and was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
He was a director for many years at First National Bank in Sidney. For his years of community service and leadership he received the Zenith Award from the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in 1997 and was inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor in 1999. Patrick will be most remembered by his family for his generous spirit and unconditional love, his active mind and his unique and endearing sense of humor.
Friends may call at the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday Jan. 19, 2013.
A memorial service celebrating Patrick's life will also be held Saturday at the church at 2 p.m. A private internment will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at Graceland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to: Beth Milligan Fund, Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave., South, Minneapolis, Minn.55407 or to Raise the Roof for the Arts Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Shelby County, 100 S. Main Ave., 202, Sidney, OH 45365; or Senior Independence Hospice, 6520 Poe Ave., Suite 100, Dayton, OH 45441. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Cromes Funeral Home Inc. 302 S. Main Ave. has been entrusted with arrangements.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Milligan familey at www.cromesfh.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Jan. 15, 2013