Funeral services for Verne Milliren, age 75, of Hettinger, ND, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger, ND. Pastor John Lewis will officiate and burial with full military honors will be in the Hettinger Cemetery.
Verne Milliren was born in Hettinger, North Dakota on May 24, 1942. On Sept. 26, 2017, he passed on to eternal life at the age of 75. In his early years, Verne attended Hettinger Public School until the age of 16.
After attending school, he went to work where he tried his hand at farming. From hauling hay to custom combining, Verne was nothing short of becoming a jack of all trades.
At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Army where he served four years. After his service, Verne met Sharon Marie Schoeder and married in July of 1963. Verne and Sharon were married for 31 years and had three children: Todd, Tim and Sondra.
Verne worked on the family farm until 1994 at which point he sold the farm
and moved to Hettinger. Verne, a natural born ladies’ man, tried his hand at
love again with an angel, Lucy Beld Sandgren. Verne and Lucy married in 1996
and began their life in Bucyrus, North Dakota.
During his time in Bucyrus, Verne enjoyed gardening and providing his expertise in “Lucy’s Frame Shop”. He was always up for a good visit, a good laugh and never missed an opportunity to talk about his favorite painting which hung behind his spot at the table. The painting depicted two horses grazing on opposite sides of the fence, which symbolized a greater meaning.
He loved to entertain and would often grab his guitar or harmonica and sing songs. One of his classics began with the words “I went to the animal fair…”.
Verne and Lucy lived in Bucyrus until 2012 when a fire swept through the town and took their home. They moved to Hettinger and started again. In March of 2015, Verne was admitted into the care of Western Horizons Care Center. The staff at Western Horizons Care Center loved and cared for Verne each day even when he was feeling mildly cantankerous. Still, Verne loved Lucy through it all and continued to look out for her for the rest of his days.
Verne is survived by his wife, Lucy; two sons, Todd, Astoria, Ore. and Tim (Charlene) Reeder, N.D.; one daughter, Sondra (Troy) Taylor, Plano, Texas; nine grandchildren, Dylan, Austin and Nolan Milliren, Justin (Tonya) Milliren, Heather (Eric) Schmidt, Courtney (Brock) Murphy, Melissa Milliren and Sophia and Logan Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Shayla and Shantel Milliren; three sisters, Mabel Block, Wenatchee, WA, Helen Church, Pepin, Wisc., and Ruth “Babe” (Donny) Elliott, Lone Pine, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Janice Milliren, Yuma, Ariz.; Lucy’s children and their families, Tom (Melissa) Sandgren, Terry (Stacy) Sandgren, Tanya Sandgren and Tracy McGinnis; Lucy’s siblings and their families, Beth, Betty, Daryl, Don, Brenda, Jim, Nancy, Loren and Dale; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Marie Milliren; his first wife, Sharon; and two brothers, Bobby and Eddie.
The family wants to extend a special thank you to family, friends, and the Western Horizons staff for all of the love and support to Verne throughout the years.
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
Rest easy Verne, enjoy the grass on the other side of the fence, for that, is the greenest of all.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 followed by a family and friends service at 7:00 p.m. all at the Centennial Chapel in Hettinger.
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