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Jerry D. Milholland passed away Monday, March 13, 2017. He was born in Hemet, CA at his Aunt Bessie Wilson's house on January 3, 1944 to Richard and Ellen (Sheld) Milholland. The Milholland family lived at the Button House, which partially stands at Lake Skinner Park near the Alamos Schoolhouse. He was the third of five children, the late Doris (Smith) and Robert, Lenard (Katie) of Spokane, and Eldon who still lives on the Sage Ranch which was bought in 1950. Everyone loved to go up to the Ranch. The loving family always welcomed visitors. The small wood stove kept the kitchen warm, as they talked about fishing but mostly deer hunting with the smell of baked bread in the air.
The children attended San Ignacio, a one-room school that their father also attended half a mile from home. They walked through the countryside playing as they went. Mrs. Wood taught less than six kids and the school closed in 1953 causing Jerry to be bused to Hemet Elementary, thirteen miles away for sixth grade. At Hemet High Jerry enjoyed Wood and Metal shops, track and FFA (Future Farmers of America), also 4-H. After graduation in 1961 he joined the Marines; three years at 29 Palms and most of the fourth in Vietnam. During this time Jerry married Merele Hailey and they had one son, Mark David (Mindy). Unfortunately they soon separated. Once home, Jerry worked hard driving tractor for Dee McGaugh of Aguanga. Jerry loved tractors and became an excellent operator; purchasing his own D-4 Caterpillar. While self employed, he met and married Rebecca Blalock. In 1971 Shiloh Alexander (Karla) was born followed by Sian Jessica (John) in 1973. The production of trailers (mobile homes) was big business so Jerry got a job and moved his family to Hemet. He also got his A.A. degree at Mt. San Jacinto on the G. I. Bill.
Jerry became a Christian through Orel Stienkamp, missionary, while in Da Nang searching for a Bible. Attending Grace Memorial, fellow members encouraged him to seek employment at Metropolitan Water of So. Cal. He began work at Lake Matthews and then moved over to Lake Skinner. He spent 27 good years and then retired in 2000. He married his third cousin, Mary Rice Johnston who he called Mimi in 1978.
They made their home in "Downtown" Winchester. Jerry enjoyed bowling, camping and travel; but mostly working with his tractors when not up a tree with his chainsaw. He loved his family very much and always had time for a friend, neighbor or stranger but especially the children. He leaves behind seven grandchildren: Amanda and Mikayla McCain, Danielle and Holland Rockwell, Chanae Milholland and Chandra, Rachel Byron and lots of beloved nieces and nephews.
Jerry died of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, an unusual lung disease. Though losing his battle for breath over the years, he always remained steadfast in the Love of his Lord with such courage and kindness. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family.
His Celebration of Life service will be at the Francis Domenigoni Community Center in Winchester at 10 o'clock with a pot luck reception following on March 23rd. In lieu of flowers consider Life Outreach International-James Robison Ministries that drill water wells in Africa.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 19, 2017
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