Obituary for Mr. James Allen "Jim" Milnes

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Mr. James Allen "Jim" Milnes

February 19, 1933 - February 3, 2019

James Allen “Jim” Milnes, age 85 passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 3, 2019 at his home in Nashville.

Jim was born on February 19, 1933 in Brown County, to his parents, the late John Daniel and Wilma (Gates) Milnes. He was a 1951 graduate of Helmsburg High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne. Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Navy where he served on the USS Dixie as a Machinery Repairman Second Class during the Korean War.

On July 6, 1956, Jim married Freida M. (Eisenmenger) Milnes in Indianapolis. She survives after their 62 years of marriage. He is also survived by their children: Sondra L. (Wayne) Haggard of Avon, Leanne M. (Michael) O’Neil of Nashville and J. Vincent (Jennifer) Milnes of St Louis; grandchildren: Benjamin Milnes, Diona Christen, Alanna Davis, Connor O’Neil, and Haley O’Neil.

Jim was also preceded in death by his brothers: Jerry & Ernest Milnes.

Jim retired in 1998 as a Senior Design Engineer for RCA after 38 years of service. Jim’s designs earned 3 patents. Jim was the recipient of the David Sarnoff Gold Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his exceptional contributions to electronics. He also tended to his family farm in Brown County during those years.

Jim was an active 30-year member of New Life Community Church in Nashville. He was a Board Member of the Brown County School Corp., served as a Brown County Councilman for two terms, served on the Brown County Tax Board and as Board President of Brown County Farm Bureau. Jim was a dedicated 43-year member in the Brown County Lions Club where he served on many different committees and was a Club President.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors by hunting, fishing and raising beef cattle on his family farm. He also enjoyed traveling and logged over 227,000 air miles in one year. Jim was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He was the recipient of a kidney transplant in 2011.

The Reverend Tim Conboy will officiate the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at New Life Community Church, 1450 N. State Road 135 in Nashville. Reverend Rick Herman will participate in the service. Special songs “How Great Thou Art” and “It Is Well With My Soul” will be sung by Charlie Wright.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial with military rites will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jim to New Life Community Church Missions, 1450 N. St. Rd. 135, Nashville, IN 47448 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm

Greenwood Cemetery


620 W. Main Street
Greenwodd, IN 46142

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Born: February 19, 1933
Died: February 3, 2019

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Sharon S Bube posted on 2/10/19

Deepest sympathy to Jim Milnes family. Cherish the memories. May God grant you all peace. Mike & Sharon Bube Stephanie, Sarah, Sherry & Nathaniel & Lucia Binversie, Jeanette & Matt Molina, Jennifer, Jamie


Lisa brown posted on 2/7/19

Leanne and Michael, we were so sorry to hear of you dads passing. Know we are thinking of you and sending our love and prayers to you both. Love, Lisa and Rick Brown


Sue Miller Davis posted on 2/7/19

To Jims family. I am rembering Jim from our class of 1951. He sat in front of me all through high school. I enjoyed his friendship. One of my favorite. I see from his obituary that he led an exemplary life. Not surprised. He gave to his family, church and his community. Lived life to the fullest. Your family has the very best memories to take you through your loss. If you would have ask me in high school. What, . kind of man would Jim become. I would have predicted very close to the life he led. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and I will remember him as a very kind friend, one who was good to all his classmates.


Mary Ellen & Rick Gaither posted on 2/6/19

Our deepest sympathies to Freida and the “kids”. It has been many years that we have known Jim through farming and sharing classes with Leanne at BCHS. Jim will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We rejoice that Jim has gone home to be with the Lord.


Mark and Carolyn Kritzer posted on 2/6/19

We are so very sorry to hear this news. You were both on my mind last week, wondering where you were and how you are doing. Please accept our sincere condolences and our love and sympathy during this difficult time.


Jane posted on 2/5/19

In memory of Jim, Jane lit a candle


Ron & Nancy Packman posted on 2/5/19

We were so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. He was always a face we looked for when returning to New Life when we came back to visit. He will be missed!


Jan Richhart posted on 2/5/19

We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. If our office can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to call our office. Johnson County Veterans Office Charles Russell Jan Richhart Carolyn Russell


Linda Bartchlett posted on 2/5/19

Jack & I are saddened to learn of your father's passing. Thinking of you.


Karen Merkel posted on 2/5/19

I am so sorry.


Deborah S. Chaplin posted on 2/5/19

Vince and Jennifer, Gary and I were so very sorry to sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know your family will be in our thought and prayers.


Christi and Lon posted on 2/4/19

So sorry for your loss. Your dad really lived life to the fullest. An example to all. Much love,


Clyde and Laura Boyer posted on 2/4/19

Freida, Clyde and I are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing! We pray for your peace during this time! Prayers


Ruth Voils posted on 2/4/19

Praying for peace and love for all of you!!


Gerhard and MaryAnn Weber posted on 2/4/19

Remembering Jim's friendship and his dedication to our Lion's Club. We will miss him..


Gerhard and MaryAnn Weber posted on 2/4/19

In memory of Jim, Gerhard and MaryAnn Weber lit a candle