Stephen Dale Milner, Sr.
Lexington - STEPHEN DALE MILNER, 73, of Lexington, died peacefully on March 31, 2021, from heart failure. A Louisville native, Steve was the only child of Leona O. and Acie D. Milner.
In his youth, Steve cultivated a love of football and baseball. He was an accomplished athlete at Seneca High School and a Bat Kat on the UK freshman baseball team. Steve was an avid golfer with a hole-in-one to his credit. He was a devoted fan of Kentucky Wildcats football and a champion tailgater. He was a lifelong baseball fan, especially of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and a youth baseball coach.
Steve graduated from UK in 1969 with a double major in History and Political Science and pledged to Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After college, Steve served in the U.S. Army, both as an enlisted soldier and as a commissioned officer in the Army Special Forces Infantry Training Quartermaster Unit. He was a UK Fellow.
A graduate of the UK College of Law, Steve gained admission to the bar in 1974, beginning a legal career that spanned nearly 50 years. After law school, he worked in Lexington's city law department and was extensively involved in the merger of the city-county government. Though he spent much of his career in private practice, Steve worked in many different roles serving as a Fayette County Circuit Court Judge and Domestic Relations Commissioner, a prosecutor, and a public defender. He practiced in state and federal courts throughout Kentucky and was admitted to the bar of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Steve was a mentor to many young lawyers and worked diligently to improve the practice for his fellow attorneys. He was a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Association and a past-President of the Fayette County Bar Association. Steve was a well-recognized member of the "Short Street Set" who could be found most Fridays at one of several downtown watering holes swapping tall tales and legal war stories with his friends and colleagues. He loved being a lawyer and believed fiercely in the concept of equal justice under law. He was a lawyer's lawyer.
Steve was a dedicated member of First Presbyterian Church, Lexington. He was a Sunday school teacher and served in various roles of congregational governance: as an Elder, Deacon, and Clerk of Session. Steve was particularly proud of his years on the Property Committee, working to preserve the Church's historic building and sanctuary.
Most of all, Steve was a devoted husband and proud father of three sons whom he loved beyond measure. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Cole Milner, and their children: Stephen Jr. (Lori Davis); Barrett Cole (Carrie Lear); and Patrick Chase (Rebecca Heselmeyer). He was a loving grandfather ("Podgie") to Cole, Tucker, Molly, Price, Wyatt, and Ethan. Steve loved his family and friends unconditionally and leaves behind many that cherish his memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Presbyterian Church - Building Fund, 171 Market St, Lexington, KY 40507; Shriners Hospital for Children
, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607; or the Salvation Army, 736 W. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508. Graveside service at Lexington Cemetery on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for his family and close friends. Masking and social distancing will be observed.
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Published by Courier-Journal from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2021.