James Milligan

james milligan

James Michael Milligan, 54, Comstock, MN passed away on August 24, 2014 at his home.  He was born on August 24, 1960 in Fargo, ND to John and Pearl (Quinn) Milligan.  He grew up on Big Toad Lake and graduated from high school in Frazee, MN where his friends knew him as “Muggs.”  Following graduation, he attended technical school in Detroit Lakes where he earned a degree in sales. 

On May 23, 1981 he was united in marriage to Shirley “Sherry” Lewis in Detroit Lakes, MN.  The couple lived in Moorhead briefly, before settling in Comstock in 1983 where they made their home and raised their children. 

Jim managed the VFW Post #762 in Fargo, was employed as a salesman for Swanson Health Products, and also worked as a travel agent.

Jim was heavily involved in many charitable activities, organizing many benefits frequently coordinating with the Dakota Medical Foundation/Lend a Hand.      

Coaching softball was one of his passions, and he also served on the board for the Town and Country Softball League for many years.  Jim greatly enjoyed playing poker and was on many pool leagues. 

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry; his children, Michael, Larry (Stacie), and Randy (Vanessa); siblings, Lloyd (Ann) Manley, Ron (Gloria) Milligan, Jack (Linda) Milligan, Peggy (Gary) Hopkins, Barbara (Richard) Green, Nicki Watson, and John (Kylene) Milligan; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley; Matthew, Zachary, Ben, Jose, and Sam.

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  1. Even though we never met it is sad to hear the passing of a member of the family. My sister Nan, brother Hari & I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Gwyn

  2. Fargo, ND
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim is a great guy and will be missed in our Podiatry department. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Lee Hofsommer & staff

  3. Fargo ND
    Sherry, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know this is a tough time for you and the boys, but please also take solace in knowing that Jim touched so many lives in his years, and in so many positive ways. Those that have ever known Jim know just how kind of a soul he was. I hadn’t been in touch very much over the last quite a few years with Jim, but I will never forget the many great times we had back in the days of Domino’s pizza and pool league. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Take care.

  4. Williston North Dakota
    Jim and I were kids growing up on Toad Lake ,, Jim ,I and the Zick boys hung out together every summer. We played baseball, football ,ditch’em, went swimming , rode bikes , rode the school bus together. My Sincere condolences to you Sherry and your family .

  5. Osseo Mn.Jim, I’m going to miss you and I know your in heaven with your Mother Pearl and Father John. Give a big hug to my Mother…your Aunt Beatrice. As I think back…I know you made a big difference to the people you came in contact with. One by one your compassion and big heart touch our hearts and especially mine! You were a wonderful husband and father. …Top notch Grandpa.
    When I got the call that your journey here on Earth was complete…not only did I pray for you as you entered the gates of heaven but also for those who are left behind. It is in your passing that we/I feel the pain of heavy hearts…but I also rejoice in your home coming…to sit near the throne of God.
    Love you my dear cousin!!!!
    Until later.

  6. West Fargo ND
    Sherry and family,
    I am so very so sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I heard he had some health issues in the last few months. I hope he didn’t suffer too much. He was such an awesome guy. I was happy to visit with him a few years ago and learn all the activities he was involved with. His family meant so much to him. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral. I would have liked to say goodbye. My prayers thoughts and sympathy will be with you during this time of mourning. Gods Peace and Love surround you.

  8. Minneapolis Hey Cousin,

    Going to miss your big gentleness and kind words. You’ve helped many during the years and I’m forever thankful for your big hugs. Love you forever

  9. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of grief. Jim was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

  10. West Fargo ND
    Shirley and family,
    Thinking of you during this time. I am praying that God’s spirit and power will guide you through this. Bless the memory of Jim, what a gentle nice man. I am so blessed to have worked with him at Swanson Health Products.

  11. Osage MN
    Jim’s family: There are no words to describle how we feel about the loss of Jimmy. That cute “Little Milligan Kid” from Toad Lake. We loved him from the time he was little throught his whole life and so very happy to spend some time with him not so long ago. He was an awesome man who helped so many in his lifetime. God took a good one home! We hope you all cling together as you go through this difficult time and we want you to know we are with you in spirit and praying for you. May God hold him in the palm of His hands and may we all bless the memory of Jimmy Milligan.

  12. Stanford KyJim you were my very best friend. Always so easy to talk too with any problems. I will truly miss playing games online in Pogo with you and other friends. You could always make me laugh even when I was down. Such a joy to know you. I know how much you spoke of your wife and sons and the grandkids. Oh how you loved them all. I have such fond memories that I will store in my heart and treasure forever. So glad we all got to meet each other in person in Tenn. You spoke often of your love for your mother, now you are with Jesus and all your loved ones in heaven. What a reunion!!!!!Sherry I pray God holds you in His arms and you feel the comfort He can give you during these days to come. Your friend Sue Routin

  13. Fargo ND
    May all the cherished memories bring you peace and comfort. I worked with Jim for several years at Upstream . Jim was such a loving and caring soul. He touched so many and cared deeply about everyone. Jim would do anything he could to help and became quick friends with everyone. His laughs, jokes, and kind caring nature is greatly missed. Jim loved his family so much and you all were his joy!!! We heard this in his stories of you all and the cats, etc. He touched us all and is greatly missed!!! My thought are with you. Scott.

  14. West St. Paul Minnesota
    My deepest condolences go out to the Milligan family. I am saddened to know that such a sweet, caring, funny, lovable, genuine man has passed :'( it has been quite some time since I had seen Jim, but I have never forgotten him and his family’s love for my brother Jose(rip), my aunt Tilly(rip), and me. Jim was like a jolly uncle my brother Jose and I could talk to, he was always welcoming us to go play with Larry at their home, and treated us as one of his own…I will always be grateful to Jim and the Milligans for being like a second family for us. I will miss seeing Jim’s posts online, it was nice to see his humor on Facebook! Today I shed some tears for you Jim, my heart is heavy to know your family and friends have lost a gem

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