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Milo Richard Gilliland, 81

Milo Richard Gilliland, 81 of Red Wing, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Bay City, Wis., son of James M. and Wilma L. (Foster) Gilliland. He graduated from high school in Seattle, Wash. He returned to Bay City where he first met Ruth. On Dec. 16, 1949, Milo married Ruth Lemmerhirt in River Falls, Wis. In 1951, Milo enlisted in the military, serving as a marine. He was stationed in Oceanside, Calif. during the Korean Conflict and was a machine gun instructor. In 1953, he was honorably discharged. Milo and Ruth moved to Red Wing, where Milo began his career on the hide floor at S.B. Foot Tanning. Eventually, he moved all the way up to the Manufacturing Superintendent of the entire plant. When he turned 63, he retired from his 44 year career at S.B. Foot Tanning. After retiring, he took up a life of fishing on Lake Pepin, hunting, and spending time with his grandkids and friends. His grandchildren and fishing were his passions. Milo was a member of United Lutheran Church, Red Wing Elks Lodge # 845, and the Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54. He was a wonderful man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ruth; two daughters, Catherine (Donald) Bee of Stockholm, Wis., and Mitzi (Jeff) Bjork of Goodhue; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J. Richard Gilliland, and James W. Gilliland; and two sons-in-law, Jerry Wallin, and Lyle Warrington.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at United Lutheran Church, with Reverend Justin Boeding officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.

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