He was born Oct. 17, 1929, at Steele, Mo., son of Raymond Buford and Vivian Elizabeth Cope Milligan. He and Icess Lorraine "Icy" Markland were married Aug. 1, 1960. She died Nov. 5, 2001.
Milligan was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Church of Christ, American Legion Post 63, and former member of Teamsters union, all in Cape Girardeau.
He was a private first class in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include three sons, David Hardesty of Cape Girardeau, Stephan Hardesty of Barnhart, Mo., and Phillip Milligan of Eureka, Mo.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call after 1 p.m. Saturday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel, with Bryan McAlister and Bob Housby officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens near Morley, Mo., with graveside rites by American Legion Post 63.