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Hugo Eugene Milander

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LAUREL — Hugo Eugene Milander, 87, Laurel, formerly of Coleridge, died Aug. 20, 2021, at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

Funeral Services were Aug. 24, 2021 at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, Coleridge, with Rev. Terry Buol officiating.

Burial was in the Coleridge City Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, at the church and continued one hour prior to services Tuesday.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Holly Jareske, Amber Liljedahl, Heather Behrle, Jeremy Milander, Bryan Pippitt and Scott Pippitt.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.

Hugo Eugene was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Osmond, to Hugo Clarence and Millie (Young) Milander. He grew up in the Magnet area and attended elementary school at Pearl Creek, west of Coleridge. Eugene graduated from Coleridge High School. After high school, he began farming and married Donna Mae Puppe July 9, 1953, in Coleridge. Farming was his passion and Gene was still farming up until his death. He began milking cows by hand and also raised livestock, corn and grain.

Eugene was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church and held various offices in the church.

He enjoyed bowling, traveling with Donna, and his children’s and grandchildren’s activities through the years.

Eugene is survived by his three children and their spouses, Jon (Carol) Milander, Coleridge; Pam (Kevin) Goering, Platte Center; Karla (Greg) Pippitt, Laurel; six grandchildren and spouses, Holly (Ryan) Jareske, Amber (Ryan) Liljedahl, Heather (Jon) Behrle, Jeremy Milander, Bryan (Megan) Pippitt, Scott Pippitt; 11 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a brother, Merlin (Lynn) Milander, Norfolk; a sister, Marlene Kellogg, Norfolk; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Marilyn) Puppe; a sister-in-law Linda (Daryle) Milbrath; and several nieces and nephews.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna, on Sept. 17, 2018, at the age of 83; grandson, David Milander; two granddaughters, Kristin Milander and Susan Pippitt; brother-in-law, Don Kellogg and sister-in-law, Jean Brown.