Milton Wesley Schilling Jr.


April 27, 1935 – April 26, 2019

Milton Wesley Schilling Jr., 83, of Daniel,

passed away at his home on April 26 of natural

causes. Milt was born April 27, 1935, in

Prentice, Wis., to Milton and Otilla Schilling.

He did his early schooling and was raised in

Prentice and graduated from Prentice High

School. He worked as a “Fantastic Lumber

Beast” in his younger years. He served his

country in the United States Army in Okinawa.

He was a dog handler and was always

proud of his military service. He married

Donna Freestone in August of 1961.

After his military service, Milt moved to

Big Piney in 1962 where he worked for the

Mickelsons and multiple other ranches. He

and Donna had four daughters there. Milt

started a business, Milt’s Construction, which

he worked throughout the years. He was also

owner of the Burger Barn, where he was the

fry cutter and chief cook. After Donna’s death

in January of 1999, Milt married Edna Holladay

July 3, 1999, in Pinedale.

Milt was an all-around cowboy and ranch

hand and also known as the gentle giant. He

loved slaw dogs at the GRB. He was loved by

animals and humans, alike. He was an active

Lutheran throughout his life and liked to hunt

and fish.

Milt is preceded in death by his parents

Milton Sr. and Otilla Schilling, brother Ron

Schilling, daughters Bobbi Jo and Barbara

Jean, grandson Matthew Griffin, granddaughter

Kelsey Rodda, mother-in-law Lavena

Dobbs, father-in-law Ed Holladay and wife

Donna Schilling.

He is survived by wife Edna; daughters

Shirley (Fred) Licking and Bev (Todd) Stevie;

sisters Beverly Olson, Judy Rux, Sally

Christian, and Julia Schilling; brother Joe

Schilling; Erika (Rich) Taylor, Lavena Garland,

Sarah Rodda and Charlie Godfrey and

many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and

great-grandchildren.

A viewing took place Tuesday evening at

Covill Funeral Home. A graveside service

was conducted at the Plainview Cemetery in

Big Piney on Wednesday, May 1, and a reception

followed at the Southwest Sublette

County Pioneers Center.

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