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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • OBITUARY: Vernal "Butch" Milligan

  • Vernal “Butch” Milligan, 65 of Hampshire, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin.
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  • Vernal “Butch” Milligan, 65 of Hampshire, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin.
    He was born Oct. 13, 1948, in Shawneetown, the son of Vernal “Mutt” and Pauline “Polly” Williams Milligan. He had been a resident of the Elgin and Hampshire area since 1960. He was employed by Jefferson-Smurfit, St. Charles, for 21 years and then the Grand Victoria Casino for 10 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army.
    Surviving are his wife, Diane Galloway Milligan whom he married on July 4, 1998; two sisters, Marvetta “Vetty” Morris and Debbie “Jodi” Morris; three sons, Christopher, James (Windy) and Shannon (Drena) Milligan; two adopted children, Jim Milligan and Sara Milligan Flint; three stepchildren, Curtis, Craig and Crystal Goolsby; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harl; brother in law, Glenn Dale Morris; his stepson, Chris Goolsby; two nephews, Mark and Leon; a niece, Myra; and two grandchildren, David Jr. and Lacy.
    Funeral Services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Elmwood Cemetery, Equality. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Information is available at www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or by calling 847-741-8800.

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