Calvin Milliner, Sr., of Hornell
HORNELL, NY-Calvin M. Milliner, Sr. 89, passed away peacefully Thursday morning April 10, 2014), in the presence of his loving family, at his home on North Main St.
Born in Hartford, Ct. on February 17, 1925 he was a son of the late Dewey and Martha Moss Milliner. Besides his parents he was also predeceased by his two brothers, Arthur and Joseph Milliner; his four sisters, Lula Mae Williams, Rose Faniel, Dorothy Curry and Marilyn “Ruth” Gilmore; his granddaughter, Jacqueline Milliner.
A veteran of World War II, Calvin proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was stationed in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe and was awarded the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
Calvin has resided in Hornell since 1947 and began his employment with the former Erie Railroad at the Freight House in Hornell and eventually retired 37 years later as a dispatcher for Conrail.
He was a member and Past Commander of the Cpl. J.J. Mooney V.F.W. Post No. 2250, a member of the Arthur Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell and the Arkport Memorial American Legion Post No. 1248. He was recognized by the Veterans Administration for over 300 hours volunteer service to veterans and in 2007 we was awarded a key to the City of Hornell.
Calvin, who was fluent in the German language, enjoyed sports, doing crossword puzzles and cooking. He would often volunteer to cook for area charities for their fund raising events.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to sing; he was well known for his rendition of Nat King Cole’s song Route 66.
His loving family includes his wife of 67 years the former Mary E. Gilmore, who he married in Hartford, Ct. on November 2, 1946; his brother, William J. (Vera) Millner of Beltsville, Md.; his eight children, Rodney Earl Milliner of Georgia, Calvin M. Milliner, Jr. of Jamestown, Dennis Edward Milliner of Hornell, Ellen (Frank) Nelson of Hornell, Theresa M. Milliner of Hornell, Martha A. Milliner (Miriam “Mimi” Tannenbaum) of Daegu, Korea, Joseph G. Milliner of Hornell and Karen D. Milliner of Green Island, N.Y.; his 17 grandchildren, Alan Lester, Matthew (Teiya) Milliner, Icelynn Milliner, Shawn and Joseph Clemons, Monti Sell, Farrell (Mike) Monaghan, Phillip and Frank Nelson, Jr., Sade Nelson, Marjoe (Rebecca) Milliner, Thera Berry, Quentin Walker, Sarah Milliner, Aaron Milliner, Erica (Richard II) Gardner and Precious Trotter; his many great and great-great-grandchildren; also his nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his special niece, Emah (Dude) Breitbarth, Christine Wheeler and Wannetta Trotter, who he considered as daughters.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Calvin M. Milliner, Sr.
Calling hours are until noon today at the Rehoboth Deliverance Ministries, 112 East Ave., Hornell, where a funeral service with military honors will be held following calling hours at noon today. Everyone is invited to a reception at the Hornell V.F.W. Post, 245 Canisteo St. following the funeral service. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the Disabled American Veterans (www.DAV.ordg), P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45290-0301 or to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, N.Y. 13790. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at Rehoboth Deliverance Ministries.
Online condolences or remembrances of Calvin are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.