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James J. Milleson

Nov 29, 2012 - Staff

James J. Milleson, of Lander, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Lander Valley Medical Center. He was 88 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Lander with Pastor Mark Calhoun officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Friday-Truan Detachment #683 Marine Corps League and Veterans.

James Junior Milleson was born Aug. 24, 1924, in McCook, Neb., the son of James and Myrtle (Baugher) Milleson.

He grew up and attended schools in McCook, Neb., and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He served in Hawaii, Midway and Guam during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Myrna Farthing on Oct. 10, 1948, in Denver. The couple made their home in Denver, where he worked for Gates Rubber Company and attended Midwest Trade School under the GI Bill, where he learned auto mechanics. Their two daughters, Mary and Nancy, were born in Denver.

In 1953, the family moved to Lander, his wife's hometown. Mr. Milleson went to work for Smail Motors, the Jeep Agency, and in 1957 he went to work for Fremont Motors. He continued there until his retirement in 1988.

His sons, Tom and David, were born in Lander.

In October 2011, Mr. Milleson was a passenger on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The family said he proudly flew his flag every day at his home.

He was a member of the Friday-Truan Marine Corps League for Fremont County, as well as a member of the Fremont County Pioneer Association, Fremont County Historical Society and AARP.

His family said he enjoyed hunting and fishing, working in his yard, traveling and attending family reunions. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and devoted many hours to the Thrift Shop until his failing vision prevented him from driving. He also volunteered for almost 12 years at the Care and Share Food Bank.

He is survived by his wife, Myrna, of Lander; daughters Mary Milleson and her husband Chris Komloski of Frederick, Colo., and Nancy Janousek and her husband Gary of McCook, Neb.; sons Tom and his wife Cindy of Bozeman, Mont., and David and his wife Tammy of Riverton; grandchildren John Garwood and his wife Michelle of Norton, Kan., T.J. Garwood and his wife Lynette of Denver, Kevin Janousek and his wife Brenda of McCook, Neb., Ashley Milleson of Bozeman, Mont., and Hally, Kelsey and Aubrey Milleson of Riverton; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Lorraine Fritz of Denver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Glen, and sister Pansy.

Memorial donations may be made to the Friday-Truan Scholarship Fund, or the Lander Senior Center, in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

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