John Alfred ‘Jack’ Milliken, 85, ‘Boston Bean’ Red Sox and Patriots enthusiast

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John Alfred Milliken
John Alfred Milliken

John Alfred ‘Jack’ Milliken, 85, of Wilmington, died Friday, June 10, 2016, at his residence surrounded by family. Jack was born August 31, 1930, in Boston, Mass., to the late John H. Milliken and Alice Kappler Milliken.

He proudly served 18 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces and as a Green Beret during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was the recipient of many medals including the Bronze Star. Jack retired from General Electric and went on to volunteer at NHRMC for many years. He was a member of Seaside Chapel and a true ‘Boston Bean’ who loved to watch the Red Sox and Patriots play.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Alice Padgett Milliken; and sister, Claire Milliken Sullivan.

Survivors include his son, Kevin Patrick Milliken, and his wife, Tammy; grandchildren, Karlie Cheyann Milliken and Hayle Montana Milliken; sister, Carol Milliken Junkins; many special nieces and nephews; and all his girls at the Sawmill Restaurant.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington. The family will receive visitors at 3 p.m. prior to service.

A very special thanks to the staff at Autumn Care and Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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