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James “Jim” W. Milan, age 62 of Litchfield, MN, died on September 26, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Litchfield Christian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
James William Milan, the son of Calvin and Vila (Hilary) Milan was born on November 19, 1956, in Clarion, Iowa. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1975 and also from The Brown Institute for broadcasting. While working on the radio in Iowa and Minnesota he was known as Smilin’ Jim Milan. He continued his education and graduated from Minnesota Bible College and served as a pastor in Dassel, MN, Rochester, MN, Detroit, MI, and Sugar Grove, WI. Over the years he also pursued his love of cars and was often a car salesman. Jim moved back to Litchfield, MN in 2006 and later became the director of the G.A.R. Hall. Jim had an extensive medical history throughout his lifetime and was a kidney donor recipient from Joan (Mike) Clement and Jeff Kingland. He had a good humored personality and could easily make people laugh during conversations. Jim sold exotic fish at a young age, collected post cards and had pets his entire life. He enjoyed traveling, playing scrabble and watching game shows.
He is survived by his sister Jan (Dave) Pease of Litchfield, MN; niece Rebecca Pease of Litchfield, MN; aunt Ruth Hilary; and cousins Joe (Beth) Milan, Mary Clymer, Cindy (Mike) Neururer, Connie (Brian) Lindquist, and Craig Hilary.
He was preceded in death by his parents Calvin and Vila, and nephew Nathaniel.