Robert G. Milliken
1921 - 2011
Robert G. Milliken 1921 - 2011 Under the gentle care and compassion of Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, Bob passed peacefully from this life unto God's Hands on March 13, 2011, from heart failure, with his loving wife and niece beside him. Born to Charles and Hazel Milliken in Denver, CO, Bob with his happy disposition and playful sense of humor was a joyful addition to the family. Along with brother Don he played baseball all summer and ice skated all winter on the park's lake. After high school Bob enrolled at Denver University and took flying lessons in his spare time. WWII had begun when he transferred the following year to the University of Northern Colorado and enlisted in the united Stated Air Force to await his call to active duty. There at UNC he met Yvonne and the two became engaged before he was called. Bob was still in flight training when they married at a small church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, when Bob received a three day pass over the Christmas holiday. Sent to the South Pacific to join the 4th Fighter Squadron of the 3rd Air Commando Group, Bob survived two fiery crashes of cargo planes and flew 104 missions over the South Pacific in his P-51 Mustang. Although discharged from active duty, he remained in the active reserves of the United States Air Force. Later, in this capacity, he served as liaison officer to the Air Force Academy, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Home from his final assignment in Japan, he returned to college, and the couple received their baccalaureate degrees together. Although trained as secondary teachers, both accepted positions as elementary teachers in the small town of McFarland, California. Experiences with students and friends gained during those first few years became treasured memories. Later after moving to Bakersfield, during his 30 year career in the Kern High School District, Bob served as teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal, finally retiring from Highland High School. This was followed by four years as a college counselor at Graces high School in Bakersfield. In the late 70's the couple discovered Cambria, they purchased a small home and soon began a remodeling project. Upon Yvonne's retirement they moved to Cambria permantely to enjoy the sea and the pines and the many new friends they acquired. Bob was an avid golfer, a fisherman, a wood carver, or as he called himself, a "whittler". He was, in fact, a master wood worker who built beautiful furniture for his home. One of his many pleasures was skeet shooting and target practice with friends at a local ranch. He was an enthusiastic member of the Round Table, which he truly enjoyed, and of the Cambria Lions Club where he served for many years at the annual Pine Dorado. Bob was a tender loving husband, a wonderful, understanding father, a generous uncle and thoughtful, loyal friend who will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Yvonne; two nieces, Lynne Milliken of Evergreen Colorado; Lisa Higby of Payette, Idaho and nephew, Ross Milliken of Ft. Collins, Colorado. Bob was preceded in death by son, Kevin and brother, Donald. A memorial mass will be celebrated on March 30th at 11:00a.m. at Santa Rosa Church in Cambria. A reception will follow.
Published by Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 23, 2011.
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I learned late about Bob's passing, but I share the sadness just as much. The last time I talked to him, he told me he still had his convertible that I put in his mailbox one day. It was worth a laugh. I so enjoyed working with him. He made any day brighter. My thoughts are with you, Yvonne, and my husband and I wish you the best.
Beckie Grider Greer and Lonnie Greer
March 31, 2011
To my great Uncle Bob, Youur love of live and family will forever be remembered. You will be missed by your family. Vonnie we all still love you just as much. I will all ways keep my carved Santas near by.
Chris Royther
March 27, 2011
Vonnie, I am so saddened of hear of Bob's death. You are both among my fondest memories of McFarland Grammar School and such special people. Imagine I even baby sat for Kip, hard to believe how long ago. Missed seeing you in Morro Bay Frmers Mkt. in the past few years. My heart goes out to you as you are so special and had such a wonderful marriage.
marlene Mcmillan
March 26, 2011
Growing up with Kip in our neighborhood were some of the best times I've had. God bless you and thank you.
Jim Lindley
March 24, 2011
We both loved Vonnie and Bob from McFarland schools. I remember when he came back from the war and she was so excited. They even came to our 50th H.S. reunion and a big reason we both became teachers. Ben &
Wanda (Benge) Hines
Ben/Wanda Hines
March 23, 2011
Remembering fondly the days Bob would come to the window at Vonnie's office at Bakersfield College with their dog for an afternoon walk. He brought more joy to my life than he ever knew. My heart and love go to Vonnie - wish I could give you a big hug right now.
Becky Shipley
March 23, 2011
I was a student of Mr. Milliken's over 50 years ago at South High. I have fond memories of his classes.
Linda (Bender) Church
Linda Church
March 23, 2011
Mr Millican and Yvonne were my teachers and coach at McFarland Elem. School, I do not think i would have accomplished much in my life if they had not taught me that i could do anything i wanted to do. God Bless at this time.MEL McLAUGHLIN
March 21, 2011
I was a student of his is McFarland.He brought sunshine into our lives.Mrs. Milliken we all loved you both.
Pat Davis Hokit
March 21, 2011
Dear Yvonne,
I was so sorry to hear that you have lost Bob. After 67 years together I know you will miss him terribly. Know that I am thinking of you at this sad time.
Bunny Anderson
March 21, 2011
Thinking of you, Yvonne, and remembering all the fun times we had together with CARGA.

Margaret Halas
March 21, 2011
You were my chosen Uncle from McFarland on...Such a close and tight group all the teachers families were and such wonderful memories we all have. You will alway be a part of many fond memories.
Vonnie, I love you and know your loss is so very great. You both are such wonderful people and I was so privileded to have you as part of my chosen family.
Nancy Blair
March 21, 2011
I was a student in his first teaching job at McFarland. He brightened my day. I regret not seeing him these last years. Life is too short for the good guys.
Wonnie Hall
March 21, 2011
I hope you know how much I loved you. You brought joy and laughter into my life and you and Vonnie taught me the meaning of "chosen family". You will always be in my heart. I love you, Uncle Fairy. --Vonnie II
vonnie Thompson
March 20, 2011
Mr Milliken was my respected high school counselor and my mom's elementary school teacher. Condolences to Yvonne and family.
Jeff H
March 20, 2011
An honour and pleasure to have known you.
Peter and Carol Brede
March 20, 2011
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