Daniel S. Milnes

Daniel S. Milnes, 59, of Robins and formerly of Sumner, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at his son’s home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Mike Christie officiating.  Interment will follow at the Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given to the family to be designated to a charity of their choice at a later date. 

Daniel Scott, son of John and Jane (Carter) Milnes was born January 9, 1957 in Centerville. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Sumner. Dan received his education in the Sumner Schools graduating from Sumner High School in 1975. On June 7, 1980 he was united in marriage with Brenda Zell at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, rural Sumner. To this union two children were born, Burke and Hillary Milnes. Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1981. He started as an Airman in Minot, North Dakota. He received his commission in Sacramento, California and became a Second Lieutenant while serving as a hospital administrator in Mountain Home, Idaho. Dan served as a medical recruiter in Papillion, Nebraska and a Readiness Officer in Wichita Falls, Texas. While in San Antonio, Texas he worked at the Medical Headquarters. He served as a Squadron Commander in Columbus, Mississippi, and also in Phoenix, Arizona. Dan retired from the Air Force, after an honorable and long career as a Lt. Colonel in 2008. Upon retirement he worked as a Region Director at AmeriCorps N.C.C.C where he helped with community service and organizing teams to help with natural disaster relief. Dan enjoyed golfing, listening to Elvis music, antique cars, grilling, but most especially enjoyed time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Milnes of Robins; son, Burke (Renae) Milnes of Rochester, Minnesota; daughter, Hillary Hunziker of Robins; grandson, Jason Scott Hunziker; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Claeys; mother, Jane Milnes of Sumner; two brothers, John B. (Julia) Milnes of Rochester, Minnesota and Cal (Katy) Milnes of Dallas, Texas; sister, Barb (Bill) Holt of Ames; and an aunt, Martha Milnes of Chariton.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Milnes.


Jo (Evans) Riker on August 30, 2016 at 7:26 AM said:

I just saw the notice of Daniel's death. My deepest sympathies. I wish you peace and comfort in this most sad time.
Julie Vorman on August 12, 2016 at 4:33 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to Dan's entire family. I graduated in 1975 with Dan and I remember him as a kind and thoughtful classmate with integrity. He and his family did much to help make Sumner a great small town.
Cindy (Lande) Kinn on August 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM said:

Jane, Brenda and family, Condolences to you and yours. Dan was such a great guy and I was so saddened to get this news. I have a lot of fun memories with Dan and pray that your memories comfort you in this time. ~ Cindy Kinn
Donna Weepie on August 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM said:

Burke, I'm so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. Both you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find strength in the love and support of your friends and family. God bless.
Bill & Amy Pipho on August 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM said:

To the Milnes Family: So sorry for your sudden loss. Words are not adequate at times like this but trusting that your faith will see you through. Thank you for being part of Amy's church family. Memories of a couple trips with Dan during our college years remind me of his kind and gentle soul. May God's Peace and Comfort be with you.

Tim & Linda Woods on August 11, 2016 at 7:59 AM said:

To Jane Brenda,& Family, we were so shocked and saddened to hear about Dan's passing. As boys growing up we shared many memories together. Sleepovers with Hopper at the funeral home, to Jane's homemade stuffed raisin cookies.
Dan will be forever missed, but never forgotten.
RIP My Friend,
Denise Kotalik-SSA ODAR on August 11, 2016 at 5:06 AM said:

Dear Burke, I'm so very sorry to hear about your dad. It is so hard to lose the one's we love so dearly. I send my prayers to you and your family and know that my thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.
Margaret Holm-ODAR-SSA on August 11, 2016 at 4:24 AM said:

Burke: So sorry to hear of your father's passing. You spoke of him often as we talked about life events in the months we sat by each other. May God bless his memory and give you and your family strength in the days ahead.
Carol and Gary Walke on August 11, 2016 at 3:04 AM said:

To Dearest Jane and the Milnes Family: We offer you our deepest sympathy at the sad time. May the many memories of a life well lived bring comfort to you, Jane, and your wonderful Family.

Auf Wiedersehen, Dan!
Ellen Price on August 10, 2016 at 3:15 PM said:

We were so very sorry to hear this sad, unexpected news. Way too soon.

The Price Family
Donna Meyer Throndso on August 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM said:

Sorry to hear of Dan's passing. May the Lord comfort you at this time of sorrow. Dan was always a pleasant, kind gentleman.
Rick & Joni (Cannon) Westendorf on August 10, 2016 at 11:17 AM said:

Brenda & family, Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Cathy and Curt Timmerman on August 10, 2016 at 7:22 AM said:

Brenda and Family, May you find comfort in your faith, family, and friends. Our deepest sympathy to you at this incredibly difficult time.
Sue (Frisch) Fellenzer on August 10, 2016 at 4:42 AM said:

I am so sad to read of Dan's passing. I recall him in High School as always NICE, smiling and a wonderful person. My deepest condolences to Brenda, and family. May many happy memories always be with you all.
Pam (Gosch) Grieger on August 9, 2016 at 8:27 PM said:

So very sorry to hear about Dan. He was always so happy and kind. He set such a good example for his classmates at Sumner. My sincere sympathy to his family. May all your happy memories bring you comfort.
Jim Walker on August 9, 2016 at 7:22 PM said:

So many great childhood memories of Dan and the entire Milnes family. Classy people! R.I.P. Dan.
Chris Alpers Holm on August 9, 2016 at 7:08 PM said:

We are in such shock tonight after getting the call. Brenda, I can't imagine the depth of your sorrow. You are in our hearts and prayers. Jane, no mother should have to endure this. Love to you from my mother and U.S.
John Smith on August 9, 2016 at 6:17 PM said:

My deepest sympathies go out to Brenda and family. Dan was truly a gentleman a good person to all for all the years I've known him going back to our grade school days. I pray that his family finds solace in their memories of his love and in the knowledge that he touched many lives with his love and goodness.
Mac (Mary Ann Corcoran) Decker on August 9, 2016 at 5:23 PM said:

Brenda & family, You have my deepest sympathy. Please know you are surrounded by our prayers and that you find beautiful memories that give you peace and comfort.
Kevin Heinzeroth on August 9, 2016 at 1:47 PM said:

Dan was truly a special individual, so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Tammy Land on August 9, 2016 at 10:45 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and the entire Milnes family
Tom and Karen Stott on August 9, 2016 at 5:35 AM said:

May the love of your family and friends give you comfort, and the love of God give you peace.
Diane Zabel on August 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM said:

Extending my prayers and thoughts to Jane and family and Brenda and family. May God's grace be with you all.

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