April 3, 1949 - October 19, 2021
William Luther Milligan
April 3, 1949 – October 19, 2021
William Luther Milligan passed away peacefully on October 19, 2021 at the age of 72. He was born on April 3, 1949 in San Jose, California to Patrick Luther and Avis Erline Deatherage. He was a life-long resident of Portland, Oregon after his family relocated here in 1950.
William, (“Bill”) went to Grant High School, and was a member of the school and church choir. With his church choir, they recorded an album and performed at many special events. After high school Bill joined a traveling volleyball club with his brother and competed all over the Pacific Northwest.
He married Janice Dianne Buis in 1971 and they had two daughters. He later married Maria Bernadina Lopez in 1997. Bill was an avid reader, loved watching sports, and loved music, especially Jazz. He enjoyed model trains, discussing politics and crossword puzzles. He was a janitor in the restaurant and building maintenance industries all his adult life until his retired in 2008.
His wife Maria, stepsons Levis Lopez and Noel Sawyer, daughters Angela Milligan and Heather Weatherell, son in-law Thomas Weatherell, grandchildren Sierra Weatherell, Nick Preciso, and Hayley Preciso survive him.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Moreland Presbyterian Church in SE Portland on November 13, 2021.