James "Jim" Milliman
1942 - 2021
James "Jim" Milliman

Louisville - Love for Our Lady's University, the fight for Liberty, politics, sailing and Kodibear are the passions which describe Jim Milliman.

Born October 29, 1942 in Norwalk, Ohio, Jim attended St. Paul Grade and High School in Norwalk, the University of Notre Dame and U of L Brandeis School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

His legal career of 41 years began at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he confirmed the defendant's constitutional right (through the 6th amendment) for a speedy trial and culminated at Middleton-Reutlinger Law Firm. He then transitioned into his love for politics when he accepted the position as State Director for U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

He thoroughly enjoyed sparring with Democratic opponents on WAVE-TV's Hot Button and left a lasting impression on a wide variety of individuals who have looked to Jim for inspiration, counsel and guidance - and say he profoundly changed innumerable lives.

Jim fought for many causes, working with people from all walks of life, making the world a better place.

Jim died January 5, 2021, but his spirit will live on in his many achievements and determination to speak his truth.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Eloise Roth.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Anne (Nan) Tonini Milliman, and brother, Jack Milliman of Cave Creek, AZ., as well as countless relatives, forever friends and devoted and loving staff and associates.

His motto has always been "brevity is no vice; verbosity is no virtue".

A Funeral Mass to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville. Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, St. Matthews was entrusted with arrangements.

There will be a memorial service celebrating Jim's life sometime this summer.

Please adhere to CDC guidelines by proper social distancing and wearing a mask while attending the Funeral Mass.

To view the service online, please visit: https://m.facebook.com/RattermanBrothers

Expressions of sympathy "In Memory Jim Milliman" can be made to the 1) Lauren Blake Tonini Scholarship Fund, Sacred Heart Academy, 3115 Lexington Road, 40206 -—2) Financial Aid -University of Notre Dame, Dept of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or giving.nd.edu —3) Cronen Endowment Fund at St. Xavier High School, 1600 Poplar Level Rd., 40217.

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Published by Courier-Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2021.
Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
508 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, Kentucky
Funeral services provided by:
Ratterman Funeral Home - St. Matthews
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I am deeply saddened to learn this morning of Jim Milliman's passing. We have, truly, lost a legal giant. It was a honor to have known and worked with him in matters before the Jefferson Circuit court system and to have known him as a person of immense values and integrity. The memory of his integrity and the successes of his life will live long in the minds of those who knew him. Rest in peace and the satisfaction, Jim, knowing that you've lived the life honoring the Ancient Greek motto -- of leaving our world far better than it was when you received it.
J. Bruce Miller
January 10, 2021
With the the passing of "Big Jim Milliman" I lost a dear and close friend. He was my lawyer, companion,and protagonist. He was an absolute force of nature. A brilliant and passionate lawyer, dedicated conservative, devoted Notre Dame alum, a proud and loving husband, a one of a kind community treasure. Our friendship was so well known that I have received personal expressions of sympathy. My children loved him, and our employees felt his calls were a daily highlight. We talked and argued every day. I will miss him forever.
Bill Stone
January 9, 2021