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Von W Milliner

August 15, 1935 ~ January 24, 2018 (age 82)

AUBURN — Von William Milliner, 82, of Auburn, passed away on January 24, 2018.

Born on August 15, 1935 to William and Mabel (Grossman) Milliner, Von grew up on a farm in LaFontaine, Indiana. Following his graduation from high school, Von joined the Army in 1954, serving three years with the Army Security Agency. He returned to Indiana and attended electronics school in Chicago and worked in the steel mills in Gary for a period of time. He returned to LaFontaine and opened a series of service stations in LaFontaine, Peru, and Auburn. He left the service station business in 1993 and worked for the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator for 13 years. He was a highly skilled mechanic, welder and electrician, and was known for the interesting tools and devices he invented in his free time. He loved music, particularly gospel music, and was a talented clarinet player performing with both the Auburn and Fort Wayne community bands.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; and a son, Karlton Milliner.

He is survived by a sister, Carmen (Milliner) Furney; sons Eric Milliner of Richmond, Virginia, and Bill Milliner of Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee; and daughter Elizabeth Sanders of Sandy Valley, Nevada. His two grandchildren reside in Virginia.

He will be interred in LaFontaine, Indiana. No memorial service will be held, but a Celebration of Life for friends and family will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are by Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel.

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