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Service set Friday for Lee Milligan; accomplishments recalled

Lee Milligan

Services for Lee Milligan, St. Croix County agricultural extension agent who died Sunday evening, are set for 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15th at Faith Community Church in Hudson.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin and at 10 a.m., Friday at the church. A spring burial is planned at the Long Lake Cemetery near Rice Lake.

Milligan, 55, of Baldwin, died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born at Centuria in 1954, attended Unity High School and earned his bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Farm Management, and his master's in Agricultural Economics from UW-River Falls.

He worked as a UW-Extension Agricultural Agent for seven years in Pepin County before accepting a position in St. Croix County in 1988.

A great passion was working with farmers, according to Greg Andrews, Milligan's Extension peer in Pierce County.

Only four months ago, Milligan was presented with the National Association of County Agricultural Agent (NACAA) Distinguished Service Award during a national meeting in Portland, Ore., said Andrews.

The citation read: "Lee Milligan, has been a UW-Extension Ag. Agent for 28 years in St. Croix County Wisconsin. Milligan has focused on farm management and dairy and livestock programs. He was instrumental in the development of the Building A Vision farm management curriculum used statewide by UW-Extension agents. His leadership of the St. Croix County Farm City Day has been highly successful. Milligan is currently programming in Farm Succession Planning and Dairy Modernization reaching multiple counties."

As a professor, farms and meeting halls were his classrooms. He enjoyed bringing research and information to local farmers and helping them apply new ideas. He also loved being involved with Farm City Day and the Glenwood City County Fair, according to an obituary prepared by his family.

Outside of his job, Milligan enjoyed farm work and spending time outdoors - snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling on Wisconsin's scenic trails in warmer weather. He and his family hiked the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park and enjoyed waterskiing on summer weekends on Beaver Dam Lake in Cumberland.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie and two daughters, Kari and Krista. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bernice (Sampson) Milligan.

The family prefers memorials.