Delmer Dawayne Milner was born Oct. 13, 1929 at home near Imperial, Neb. He was the middle child of seven children born to Lawrence (Pate) Leonard and Irene (Roberts) Milner.
He grew up in the southwest corner of Chase County, attending Prairie Gem grade school and graduated from Chase County High School in 1947.
Delmer married Wilma Ruth Schiermeyer on Feb. 16, 1954 at Holyoke, Colo. They moved into a trailer house on the family farmstead while their house was built.
Delmer was a successful farmer and rancher on the family farm for his entire life. He was very proud of his military service. He served in the Army in the Korean War as a corporal, enlisting Aug. 23, 1951 and serving until June 25, 1953 as a gunner. He earned the Korean Service Medal, three Bronze Service stars and the United Nations Service Medal.
He served on the Lamar School Board and enjoyed helping his children with their 4-H steers and baseball. He played softball and baseball for many years until a back injury made him retire from his favorite activity. He enjoyed playing cards and Aggravation with friends and neighbors.
He was always there to help his friends and neighbors. They knew he would drop everything and help. He fought several prairie fires.
Delmer passed away early Thursday morning, Jan. 25, 2018 at the Imperial Manor. He was 88 years old.
He is survived by his wife Wilma; daughters Jayne (Neil) Henry of Imperial, Mary Ann Madden and Ivan Kenter of Cascade, Mont.; sons Robert (Jippi) Milner of Champion and Charles of Imperial; grandchildren Tasha (Aaron) Nelson of Martell, Trey, Destyn, Kadyn and Jerzee Milner of Imperial, Lance Milner of Lincoln, Jake (Kim) Milner of Denver, Colo., Elisha Madden of St. Francis, Kan. and Owen Madden of Palisade; great-grandchildren Kyle and Ashley Nelson of Lincoln; sister Virginia (Carl) Ridlen of Fairview, Tenn.; brother Leonard (Effie) of San Jose, Calif.; sister-in-law Monna (Ron) Milner of Imperial; and brother-in-law Dale (Viola) Bischoff of Wauneta as well as mMany nieces and nephews and friends.
Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles in World War II, Dean and Ron; sister Viola Bischoff; and sisters-in-law Skip (Dean) Milner and Dorothy (Dean) Milner.
Funeral services for Delmer were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial with Pastors Dirk Weiss and Melody Newman officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial with full Military Honors.
Visitation was held prior to services at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Delmer’s memory.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.