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Ira 'Max' Milligan

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 11:33 a.m. CDT

Ira “Max” Milligan, 88, of Baxter died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at his farm southeast of Baxter.

Visitation for Max will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Baxter. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the church with Pastor Rollin Watters officiating. Burial will be in the Restland Cemetery in Baxter.

Max was born on Oct. 8, 1925, in rural Baxter to Loren and Iris (Keyon) Milligan. He attended Independence School #6. Following school Max then married the love of his life Ruby Porter on Sept. 5, 1944, at Bethany United Church of Christ in Baxter The couple resided in the area all of their married life and raised their family there together. He had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them, farming and still working with Mark, and playing his guitar with his band mates.

Those left to cherish his loving memories are his daughters Teresa (Fred) Schweinebart of Baxter and Tammy (Dale) Schmitdt of Rural Newton; two grandchildren Josh (Ashley) Warnell and Tracy (David) Catron; four great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Danielle, Haley and Chanse; a great-great-grandchild, Rhyia; a brother, Larry (Rita) Milligan; two sisters-in-law, Klara Milligan and Margie Milligan; a special nephew, Mark (Christy) Milligan; and many nieces nephews and close friends.

Max was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers, Ike, Bill and Marvin; and one great-grandson, Legend Warnell.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Fredregill Family Funeral Home in Baxter has been entrusted with the care of Max and his family.

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