James Milner

James Milner

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James LaMar MilnerSeptember 19, 1934 – June 10, 2020Jim passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jim was surrounded by a large extended family. His parents, James Kermit and Esther Belle Milner, were proud of their son and his youngerbrother, Bill. Jim stayed close to home through his undergraduate college years, graduating from the University of Arkansas with degrees in mathematics and engineering.His professional career took him to General Dynamics Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, where he met his wife of 61 years, Margaret Faulkner. Together, they lived throughgraduate school, both of them at Virginia Tech, and enjoyed their journeys as Jim’s work led from aircraft development to the space program, where Jim worked under Wernher von Braunon the first moon landing, and ultimately to the Washington, DC area where Jim was a consultant to the Federal government on projects ranging from high speed groundtransportation to strategic planning for post-nuclear war survival.The proudest moments of his life were the arrival of his two sons, James LaMar Jr. and Brenton Faulkner, followed by the joy of welcoming his grandchildren, Katy Jeane Milner Rossand her sister Elizabeth Graviano, and Drew Warner Milner and his brother Griffith LaMar Milner.His final delight was the arrival of his great-granddaughter Allison James Ross. Jim loved classic automobiles and owned a couple of beauties, was an avid reader of historyboth ancient and modern, and became a serious traveler as he and Margaret roamed the world on vacations and in retirement as long as Jim’s health permitted.Over the years they lived in Texas. Alabama, Virginia, California, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where Jim was baptized into the Episcopal faith, and their final home in Sheridan. Jim’s heartcould carry him no further and today he ends his journey here in the foothills of the Big Horns. In addition to his wife and immediate family including grandchildren, Jim is survived by hissister-in-law Barbara and her husband Donny Atkins of Granbury, Texas; sister-in-law Jane Milner of Plano, Texas; nephews Brian and Travis Howell and their families of Fort Worth andActon, Texas, respectively, and William Norman Milner, Jr. and daughter Emma of Austin, Texas, as well as extended family Jennifer and Frank Graviano of Fairfax, Virginia and Lisaand Jeff Wells of Sheridan.He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William Norman Milner of Plano, Texas, and his son, James LaMar Milner Jr.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.

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Private family interment will take place in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.


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