The University of Lethbridge expresses its deep condolences to the family and friends of Bruce Milliken, a former member of the U of L Senate, who passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Milliken, a local businessman who was a pillar in the agricultural community and served on the U of L senate from 1981 to 1987, will be celebrated at a weekend memorial service. The University of Lethbridge will lower its flag in honour of Milliken and his contributions to the community.
Robert Bruce Milliken
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert Bruce Milliken announce his passing in Taber, on Wednesday May 22, 2019, at the age of 91 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. A committal service will follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com.
Bruce is survived by his four children Barbara (Tom) Kitagawa of Edmonton and their family Kristen (Ryan Sinclair), Jennifer and Robbie; Scott (Shirley) Milliken of Cranbrook, British Columbia and their family Drew (Barbie Skywalker), Dane (Hanna McIntyre) and Derek; David (Linda) Milliken of Layton, Utah and their family Brett (Callie), Heather (Brock) Robins, Cameron and Ryan; Nancy (Tim) Reamsbottom of Taber and their family Paige (Dave) Ofner and Cole (Chayia Koncz). He is also survived by ten great grandchildren Lucas, Vivian, Audrey and Samuel Milliken; Ethan and Paxton Robins; Quinn, Kade and Avery Sinclair and Reid Ofner. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Margaret Milliken of Brandon, Manitoba and by a niece and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Peter and Glen and sister Jean (Arnold) Graham.
Bruce was born in Brandon, Manitoba on October 12, 1927, the youngest of four children, to Mary and George Milliken. He met his beloved Mary Reid at church and they were married in Brandon on September 1, 1951. In 1953, Bruce and Mary moved to Lethbridge and in 1957, made their permanent home in Taber. Over the next four decades, Bruce serviced the agricultural industry in southern Alberta, supplying innovative equipment and developing lifelong friendships in the farming community. Bruce was best known for operating Milliken Farm Supplies. He lived a life of service through Taber Town Council, the Taber Curling Club, the United Church of Canada, Kiwanis Club, University of Lethbridge Senate and the Lethbridge Community Foundation. He was a strong supporter of 4-H. He had a great love of music and sang in the Knox United Church choir for over fifty years. He enjoyed traveling, bird watching and stamp and coin collecting. He worked hard to provide a good life for his family. A long life, well lived.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bruce’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 (www.tdhf.ca) or a charity of one’s own choosing.