Richard D. Milligan

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May 12, 2010

Richard D. Milligan, 66, a lifelong resident of Plains Township, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Mr. Milligan was born in Plains Township, a son of the late Ralph L. and Ruth Coutts Milligan, and was a graduate of the Plains Memorial High School, class of 1961. He had several varied careers, including working for Weis Market, Plains Township, for several years. He served with the U.S. Army in Battery C, Field Artillery, 4th Army at Fort Sill, Okla., and was certified as a marksman. He was later assigned to the 109th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Wilkes-Barre. He had also been a driver with Martz Trailways, Wilkes-Barre, and for more than 10 years, he had been the owner/operator of Milligan's ARCO Service Station, Plains Township. He was a member of the Train Collectors Association of America and was a certified Lionel Train Dealer and repairman. He was an avid train collector and enthusiast and turned his interest into Rich's Toy and Train Shop, West Carey Street, Plains Township, which he owned and operated for many years. Prior to his retirement in 2007, he had been employed by the Plains Township Public Works Department. Rich was a very devoted member of the Plains United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the trustee board, head usher, member of the administrative board and custodian. He joined the Plains Lions Club in 1979 and had served two terms as president. He was honored by being created a Melvin Jones Fellow, one of Lionism's highest awards, and had also been Lion of the Year. He had served as chairman of the Old Home Week celebration for many years and had also been active in Lions District 14W. In the district, he had been chairman of Habitat for Humanity, zone and regional chairman of Region II, and White Cane Chairman. He and his family enjoyed being together and especially treasured their camping at Onawanda Camp for 23 years. Mr. Milligan was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother, Thomas S. Milligan; and by a sister, Mrs. Bette Hulsizer. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Theresa Kopec Milligan, at home; daughters, Rebecca Milligan Boran and her husband, Donald, Plains Township, who were married Saturday, May 15, and Jennifer Milligan, Wilkes-Barre; granddaughter, Giavanna Milligan, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, Ralph L. Milligan and his wife, Sandy, Dallas; Robert J. Milligan and his wife, Joan, Plains Township; as well as several nieces; nephews; and his boxer, Leah. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Dr. Paul Amara, pastor of the Plains United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Plains Lions Club and JLW, Mt. Laurel Lions Club will gather at 6:30 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St., Plains, PA 18705.

Published in Times Leader from May 14 to May 16, 2010