Philip King Milliren


Philip King Milliren, 80, recently passed away April 3, 2019, in Harrison's Crossing. Cremation was selected with a celebration of life to come.
He was born October 19, 1938, in Chicago, and was raised in Elmhurst, Ill. Phil was the second child of Russell and Zelah Milliren. He served two years in the U.S. Army and was a paratrooper.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda, of 50 years; and sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ron Roberts of Metamora, Ill.; nephew, Paul and wife Tammy Petri, and great-nieces Mallory and Cedar; and Dan and wife Martha Petri, and great-niece and nephew Emma and Sam; also Kathleen (Donald, who is deceased) West, sister-in-law; and nieces, Katherine (Steve) Quinn, Jennifer (Bernard) Ray and Kimberly (Todd) Bergfeld; And five great-nieces and three great-nephews.
Phil worked for Public Service of Indiana, which eventually became Duke Energy. He was an electrical engineer working with industrial companies. He earned his engineering degree from Chicago Technical College and a business degree from Indiana University.
He was an Eagle Scout and belonged to the Order of the Arrow and those principles learned guided him throughout his life. His interests included bird watching while participating with the Wabash Valley Audubon Society. He was a member of the EE Society. A lifelong pursuit included promoting the use of the natural native environment. In practice he preserved and established native prairie and woodland plants, shrubs and trees on his property. The arts were an important part of his life. He recognized the importance of creativity and valued its influence.
Memorial donations in Phil's name may be made to the Sheldon Swope Art Museum; the Quabache Land Conservancy (P.O. Box 10993, Terre Haute 47801); Hospice of the Wabash Valley; Wabash Valley Audubon Society (P.O. Box 2338, Terre Haute 47802); or a charity of your choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Roselawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park.
A celebration of life at the Milliren home will be held at a later date.
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Published on April 12, 2019
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Tony/Peggy Donovan
Apr 17, 2019
Oh Brenda, I am so sorry! I wish there were words of comfort I could give you. For over 50 years it was the two of you taking on the world, sharing your passions for collecting and art and all things good. But is never ready to accept the end of a dear soul as Phil. I send you big strong hugs and so wish I could be there to help with whatever you need. Surely your friends have been a support for you...when you want the help. Thank you so much for letting us know. He was lucky he found you so many years ago; you were a superb team. And, oh, his generosity...I still treasure and display the crepe paper Santa he so thoughtfully gifted me years ago. I immediately framed it t...o keep it as good as when he presented it.
Love and hugs and prayers for strength for you as you plunder through this unwanted phase of life. Peggy
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